Spec-sheet brawl: Toyota Vios vs. Volkswagen Santana

Can the newcomer defeat the bestseller?
by Tracy Carpena | Jun 4, 2018

Just a few weeks ago, Volkswagen Philippines wanted to shake up the subcompact market with the launch of its new and—dare we say—competitively priced sedan. Many were quick to point out that although the Santana has a German badge, it's a China-specific model (it is actually sourced from China). But does this bother the Philippine market and its car-shoppers? Or is the Filipino buyer ready to try a German-Chinese newcomer instead of the tried-and-tested Japanese bestsellers?

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To find out the pulse of the market, we invite you to take the poll below. But of course, before you pick one, it's best to check the choices out at the dealerships and test drive them, if possible.

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When you shut the door, does it have that solid thud sound? Are the seats comfortable? Does the cabin smell like cheap plastic? Do you feel confident when you're behind the wheel?

But in case you don't have time right now to make dealership visits, you can compare their specs. We've done the homework, so now it's your turn to choose.


1.3 J MT
Price (Philippine Peso) 668,000 686,000
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine 1.3-liter DOHC gasoline 1.4-liter 4-cylinder inline multipoint fuel injection gasoline engine
Power 98hp @ 6,000rpm 89hp @ 5,500rpm
Torque 123Nm @ 4,400rpm 132Nm @ 3,800rpm
Transmission 5-speed MT 5-speed MT
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/drum Ventilated disc/drum
Front suspension Macpherson strut with stabilizer  Macpherson indepndent suspension
Rear suspension Torsion beam with stabilizer Composite torsion beam semi-independent suspension
Wheels 14-inch steel with full cap 14-inch steel with cover
Tires 175/65 R14 175/70 R14
Airbags Driver/passenger Driver/passenger
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 42 55
Dimensions (mm) 4,410 x 1,700 x 1,475 4,475 x 1,706 x 1,469
Wheelbase (mm) 2,550 2,603

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