2021 Volkswagen Santana suiting up for PH subcompact sedan slugfest

Updated Jun 02, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

A new and upgraded Santana is coming next year.

The local subcompact sedan segment has been quite busy this year. Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) introduced the facelifted Vios last July, and months later Honda Cars Phillippines Inc. (HCPI) launched its counterpunch by releasing the all-new City. Now, Volkswagen Philippines announced that the brand is all set for another subcompact sedan slugfest.

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Volkswagen PH said that the new and upgraded Santana is coming to the market next year. The brand added that the 2021 Santana is packed with “more features for customers to enjoy.” However, Volkswagen PH has yet to put in detail the new features that are integrated into the 2021 Santana.

2021 Volkswagen Santana front profile

The 2021 Volkswagen Santana

Although, the brand shared some teaser images of its upcoming subcompact sedan. From the looks of it, the new and upgraded Volkswagen Santana will come with a sunroof as well as a side mirror that’s integrated with a turn signal. But, the said features do not come as a surprise since those are already offered in the current top-spec Santa available in the Philippines. The second teaser image shows the Santana’s grille, which looks similar to the current locally available model.

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2021 Volkswagen Santana teaser

The upcoming Volkswagen Santana is all set to debut in PH soon 

The teaser images suggest that the upcoming PH-spec 2021 Santana could come with the same exterior styling. More importantly, it indicates that the new upgraded feature of the Santana could be found under the hood. 

2021 Volkswagen Santana teaser front grille

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To put things in perspective, all variants of the Chinese-spec Santana comes with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that delivers 110 hp and 145 Nm of torque. The said engine can be mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Now, Volkswagen PH sources its vehicles from China. With that in mind, expect that all variants of the PH-bound 2021 Santana will have a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. This is also an indication that Volkswagen PH could no longer offer the Volkswagen Santana with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine in 2021.


2021 Volkswagen Santana rear shot

2021 Volkswagen Santana will soon be available in PH

In terms of pricing, the current PH-spec Santana comes with a starting price of Php 686,000. On the other hand, the entry-level Chinese-spec 2021 Santana is priced at 86,900 yuan (around Php 640,500). Volkswagen PH said that the upcoming local spec Santana will still come with an affordable price range.

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Know more about Volkswagen Santana 2021

Volkswagen Santana

The Volkswagen Santana is a German-engineered, subcompact sedan that slots as the replacement for the VW Polo in the Philippines. This model has carried different nameplates since its release in 1984 when Volkswagen launched a three-box sedan. The subcompact sedan is based on the second-generation Passat. Physically, the Santana looks similar to the Volkswagen Jetta. Details such as the headlights and chrome-accented grille are almost identical to that of its compact counterpart’s bumper. The launch of the Volkswagen Santana was aimed to compete with existing subcompact sedans launched by other automotive manufacturers, such as the Toyota Vios and the Honda City. The cabin still has the signature Volkswagen feel and aesthetic with its three-spoke steering wheel. A height adjustment feature for the driver’s seat was added for more comfortable driving. Further on improving the driving experience, the Santana offers an adjustable steering column that allows you to position the steering wheel at a specific height and distance from the body. Additionally, incorporated in the air conditioning system is an improved pollen filter. One of the Santana’s most unique features is that maintenance only needs to be done once a year, at every 10,000 kilometers mileage.

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Martin Aguilar

Martin Aguilar


Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

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