Today, we were whisked away to Nuvali in Santa Rosa, Laguna, for a small test-drive event to announce the arrival of the two newest cars that will be brought in by Automobile Central Enterprise, the official importer and distributor of Volkswagen vehicles in the country. The latest additions to the local Volkswagen lineup are the Polo Notch subcompact sedan and the Jetta compact sedan.
If you recall, the Jetta was included on the initial list of Philippine-market Volkswagen models, announced in September.
The Polo Notch 1.6 TDI is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine that develops 104hp and 250Nm of twist. This is a lot of pulling power for a car that is just a little bit larger than a Toyota Vios, and you get the efficiency of an oil-burner. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. Peak torque is reached very early in the rev range, at 1,500rpm to be exact. The price of this model is P950,000. An automatic-transmission variant will be made available in the near future.
The Jetta 2.0 TDI, on the other hand, also has a turbocharged diesel engine, producing 109hp and 280Nm. To aid in fuel efficiency, peak torque is reached at 1,750rpm. A five-speed manual transmission is the only gearbox available, at least for now. The Jetta is priced at P1,295,000, as we already announced last year.
The prices of these German sedans may seem steep compared with other mass-market Japanese and Korean brands, but when compared with fellow European brands, customers are getting quite a bargain. "As a brand, we are German," said ACE president John Philip Orbeta. "But we want to be the one with the volume."
"We are still building the organization," shared ACE marketing head Arnel Doria when asked when the other hotter VW models will find their way to our market. "In due time, the whole Volkswagen lineup will arrive."
What do you think of Volkswagen's diesel sedans?
Photos by Paulo Rafael Subido