The Volkswagen Lavida was specifically designed and engineered to cater to the Asian market. It was launched exclusively to select countries in the region and was introduced to the Philippines in September 2019 during Volkswagen’s 6th anniversary in the country. The model only has one variant available, which is the SE.
Right in the middle of the compact Volkswagen Santana and the full-sized sedan Lamando is the Volkswagen Lavida. It shares several similarities with the Jetta, which it replaced in the market upon its launch. However, there are slight design changes that were refreshed to cater to the Lavida’s particular market segment.
The Lavida’s exterior is consistent with Volkswagen’s current design language of clean and simple details. Upfront, it sports a horizontal grille with the classic VW emblem and its large-sized LED headlights. Placed parallel to it are the central air vent and refreshed fog lamp housing.
A useful addition to the vehicle’s exterior are the side mirror turn indicators which are adequately sized and provides a nice touch of modernity to the entire car’s classic design.
Keeping the Volkswagen signature timeless design and class, the Lavida’s cabin is tastefully neat and simple. All seats are upholstered in black leather to match the dashboard. Meanwhile, the flat-bottom steering wheel has a sporty look that stands out from the entire vehicle.
A pleasant surprise is how the rear seats can be folded flat which allows you to access the trunk. It gives more than twice the amount of space to load luggage. The compact sedan also features a sunroof that can be fully opened through a dial on the ceiling.
Technology & Safety
The Lavida features cruise control technology that works electronically to regulate the car’s speed, added comfort in long drives. It also boasts of an Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) which can detect critical driving conditions and take actions to avoid major accidents. The Lavida is also equipped with a tire pressure monitor that constantly checks the safety of the wheels, which in the long run, will help make the tires last longer. As for the filtration system, it offers a climatronic air conditioning system that ensures healthy ventilation in the vehicle’s cabin. It has an added anti-allergenic filter to keep the air quality at a consistently high level.
Platform & Chassis
The Volkswagen Lavida’s 1.4L engine is paired to a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission, which directs its power to the front axles. DSG is a dual-clutch transmission technology developed by Volkswagen, exclusively for the brand’s product line. It features a dual-clutch, multiple-shaft manual gearbox, minus the clutch pedals.
The front has a McPherson Independent suspension while a composite torsion beam, semi-independent suspension is latched to the rear. Brakes are front ventilated disc and rear disc.
Engine & Drivetrain
Under the hood, the Volkswagen Lavida has a 1.4L 4-cylinder, in-line, fuel-injected gasoline engine with BlueMotion Technology. It powers out 128 hp and 225 Nm of torque. Although this model is not as powerful as its predecessor, acceleration does not fall short. The engine pulls well for either city cruising or spirited drives.
The Lavida also features a start/stop engine system which aids in fuel efficiency. When the vehicle is on a full stop while stepping on the brake, the engine automatically turns off. Once the foot is taken off the brake pedal, the engine automatically goes back on and ready to drive. The feature can be turned off, should it not be needed.