Volkswagen Santana has been one of the most successful nameplates for the German brand in China. In a bid to increase volumes the world over, VW has been replacing its models with a wrinkling face with spanking new versions. The Santana is one such model, which would do its bit in helping the German carmaker attain its target of global dominance by the year 2018.
Santana, first introduced in the year 1981 is a mid-size family car with front engine. Based on the stretched Polo PQ25 platform in its current generation, the Santana has a 2630mm wheelbase, and an expansive backseat. VW’s Vento and Skoda Rapid selling in India also share the platform with the Santana – car which is credited to put the China on wheels in the mid eighties.
New VW Santana comes with a 480 liter boot, and features such as ABS, ESP, 6 airbags and a host of luxury items such as leather upholstery, electric sunroof and parking sensors. Variants in China are named just like the Indian Vento – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.
Propelling the Santana are two naturally aspirated engines. A 1.4 liter 90PS naturally aspirated unit and a 1.6-liter, 110bhp four cylinder unit.