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The Volkswagen Santana has arrived. Volkswagen Philippines recently launched its newest subcompact, along with a slew of other vehicles, signaling its intention to compete in some new segments. Namely, the Santana is a sign that the German marque is ready to duke it out with industry juggernauts like the Toyota Vios and Honda City. 

It certainly seems that way judging by its prices. Starting at P686,000, it's within the same ballpark as the aforementioned Japanese contenders. It's a bit pricier than the 1.3 J MT Vios (P668,000), but significantly cheaper than the base manual City (P820,000). 

One of the 10 best-selling models in China in 2017, the Santana is powered by a 1.4-liter gasoline mated to a five-speed manual, with 89hp and 132Nm on tap. Featuring electronic power steering, it has front McPherson Independent Suspension and rear composite torsion beam semi-independent suspension. It has ABS and an immobilizer. Parents of small kids would be pleased to know that it has Isofix anchor points for two child seats.

"The Santana has been China’s iconic entry model for over 30 years, and was among the 10 best-selling models in China for 2017," said Shanghai Volkswagen's first vice president David Powels at the launch. 

Available colors are Polar White, Reflex Silver, Pepper Grey and Deep Black. Is this on your to-buy list?

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