2021 Volkswagen Santana facelift debuts, offered with AT only

Updated Feb 26, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It now starts at P755K.

Volkswagen Philippines finally unveiled the new 2021 Volkswagen Santana facelift after teasing about it last December. There are no significant changes made design-wise. The biggest change made on the new Santana can be seen in its powertrain option.

The 2021 Volkswagen Santana is dropping the 1.4 MPI engine from the outgoing model’s base variant. Instead, all variants will be powered by a 1.5 MPI gasoline engine with BlueMotion that boasts optimum fuel efficiency. The engine can deliver power outputs of 109 hp and 145 Nm of torque.

Volkswagen Santana front view

2021 Volkswagen Santana

The 5-speed manual transmission is also discontinued and all variants use a 6-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen Philippines is offering the 2021 Santana with two variants only, instead of three from last year. These include the base 180 MPI AT S and the top-of-the-line 180 MPI AT SE variants.

The exterior and interior designs from the outgoing model are still retained in the 2021 model. The only change made is the new multi-spoke alloy wheels.

However, the new Santana is enhanced in terms of safety as the base S model now offers an electronic stabilization program (ESP), anti-slip regulation (ASR) system, and an anti-lock braking system (ABS) as standard.

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Volkswagen Santana interior view

Interior view of the new Santana

The SE variant is benefited from the refreshed model as it comes with an optional 7-inch infotainment screen that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic headlights, front fog lamps, intermittent control wipers with rain sensors, additional side airbags, rear parking distance control, and a sunroof.

As for pricing, the base 180 MPI AT S variant now starts at Php 755,000, while the top-spec 180 MPI SE AT comes with a sticker price of Php 898,000. The new Santana is offered with comprehensive 3-year or 100,000-km warranty coverage (whichever comes first), yearly preventive maintenance service or every 10,000 kilometers (whichever comes first), and 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.

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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.

From ₱755,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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