Volkswagen Santana

The original Volkswagen Santana can be considered a Chinese icon, with over three million units built in the republic. Many can still be seen on the roads today, and despite numerous updates throughout its three-decade lifespan, the ubiquitous Santana pretty much stuck to its three-box shape.

Late last year, the Volkswagen Santana finally entered its second generation with all-new sheet metal. Sitting on a lengthened PQ25 platform (VW Polo, Skoda Rapid, Audi A1), the sedan is powered by the EA211 four-pot petrol unit in 1.4 and 1.6 litre displacements, making 90 and 110 PS respectively. It’s a cleaner car too, with 28% less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than in the previous model.

Wheelbase stands at about 2.6 metres, while the boot can swallow up to 480 litres of luggage. Safety features include ABS, front, side and head airbags and ESC. Depending on trim level, auto climate control, an electric sunroof, alloy wheels, parking sensors and leather upholstery can also be had.

The car is a product of the Shanghai-Volkswagen JV, who has been building Santanas since 1985.