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  • Launched in the Philippines in May of 2018 and aimed at making waves and raising brows in the subcompact category

  • It is named after the hot desert blast across the Sea of Cortez better known as the Gulf of Mexico

  • Now this may sound like a lot of hot air but it's the truth

  • Meet the Santana

  • Know the Volkswagen set back

  • No drama, that's easily the first thing that comes to mind when you look at it. It's not boring. Not a mod

  • It's just not dramatic. It means more towards

  • simple for instance two lines down front

  • Halogen headlamps on either side and a grill nothing more nothing less

  • Down the side. You've got two more lines body colored side mirrors with repeaters and 14-inch wheels

  • Which are just about right for its engine size now looking at it from the side

  • It's definitely not a snazzy as its Japanese counterparts found locally

  • it means more towards simple neat really like like a cold Pilsner or a crisp white shirt, you know, I mean, oh,

  • I've knit thick in the past and I'll probably nitpick again in the future

  • But this time it's for the greater good plastic covers on these wheels

  • Not a fan as much as a submarine captain is about screen doors on his boat. Yeah, those have to go

  • Now on our recent drive at Volkswagen

  • I put Nico our hosts four on the saddle inside the trunk of the Santana to prove a point

  • That's his auto auto but more importantly to show what 480 litres of space looks like an affair a car of this size

  • That's a lot. Wait. Let me see that again

  • Every time

  • There is one more thing

  • I want to point out on the Santana and it's found underneath the tow hook not really the previous thing on the planet

  • But when the car is full and you're approaching an incline that thing is heaven-sent now

  • There are no toys to speak of back here. Absolutely. Zip zilch zero. No not even bottle holders on the door

  • You do have one cup holder in the center

  • Which you probably will fight for like meat loaf in an episode of The Brady Bunch

  • But the seats are comfortable and roomy too good enough for two average-sized adults three seatbelts in the back suggest three passengers

  • but really

  • better for two now Vincent that I did notice that even on a warm summer's day with no tent in this car and it is

  • Black as you've seen the air is actually pretty darn good

  • Now inside the interior is neat as well

  • Everything is simple from your analog speedometer and tachometer to your very simple trip digital display

  • Dear no fuss radio your air controls, even the seats are innocent

  • What does have a bit of a maturity in here is the steering wheel and it's flat bottom necessary

  • probably not what it's nice and it feels good to the touch and

  • The second would be these plastic actions that you can find on the dash and on the door

  • You know sort of like a diamond pattern in a fall carbon fiber plastic kind of material

  • Which I'm still trying to figure out what the call

  • Kluber

  • plot thick

  • rubber

  • Powering the Santana is a 1.4 liter 5-speed manual transmission

  • That produces 132 Newton meters of torque and only 89 horses a little bit low on power. You might think and you'd be right

  • See, I've noticed that when you're trying to go uphill

  • when the car is a little bit full you will have to make your foot a little bit more on the

  • Led-based side and put a little more grunt into it to get the car going

  • But I've also noticed in the other side of it is that in traffic. This thing is actually very good

  • In fact, it's a pleasure to drive in traffic actually

  • Now when your right foot turns to lit and you want to try to ring all 89 horses out of the car

  • You will notice that the revs will go up pretty fast what you won't notice

  • It's exactly how noisy it can get outside because it's pretty quiet inside for instance right now

  • We're on 4th and we're at 2,000 and about 500 rpm. I'm gonna bring it down to third

  • Now we're at 3,500 rpm now there is a hum, but it's just amazing how quiet the cabin is

  • Considering that the tires on this guy are economical tires. It's just so quiet in here. It's pretty cool

  • Now there might be folks out there with reservations about the Santana simply because of where it's built granted

  • It's designed and engineered in Germany, but it is built in China and there's that stigma

  • well

  • Let's flip it around shall be there is a product that you might actually already own that is also built in China

  • but design in cupertino

  • Your iPhone you wouldn't have reservations about that now would you?

  • This 2018 Santana

  • Is available at six hundred and eighty six thousand Philippine pesos now before the end of 2018

  • Volkswagen Philippines will release the automatic version of

  • This car with we figure a small bump in price now whether you get the automatic or the manual transmission

  • We figure that this will still be the most affordable German car in the Philippines and that is music to our ears

  • Tick-borne

  • car fin

  • Plus aa car bird and that doesn't make any sense

Launched in the Philippines in May of 2018 and aimed at making waves and raising brows in the subcompact category

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