If you live in China and thought that the regular VW Santana (sedan) wasn’t the car for you, try this Skoda Spaceback-like thing on for a change.
No, this is definitely not a unique model in any way. It’s not a new model either, if you’re thinking globally. For China though, this is quite the treat since they’re so used to sedans over there.
Measuring at 4282mm/1706mm/1475mm, the Gran Santana happens to about as long, tall and wide as the Skoda Spaceback, even though from the outside, you won’t mistake it for anything else than a Volkswagen. Oh and the wheelbase is the same size as the Spaceback’s, just in case you were still wondering.
It’s strange to look at a car that has obviously been put together using bits and pieces from so many current models we’re familiar with. And yes, we mean this from a design perspective the most. A VW front fascia, Skoda profile, a mix between the two at the rear – like we said, it’s a funny little thing.
The Gran Santana is currently powered by a 1.4 liter TSI petrol engine, producing 131 HP – all going towards the front wheels with the help of either a 5 speed manual or a 6 speed DSG transmission.
Just like its sedan sibling, the Gran Santana will be manufactured in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture, and as a small budget family car, we think it makes a lot of sense.. as long as you don’t expect it to be sporty or particularly comfortable over long distances. It’s not much of a looker either.