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Subcompact sedan tussle: The MG 5 vs. Volkswagen Santana

Subcompact sedan tussle: The MG 5 vs. Volkswagen Santana

Life has a lot to offer. But between doing the things you love and the tasks you need to accomplish, you need a vehicle like a subcompact sedan to keep up with your daily routine and lifestyle. 

Subcompact sedans like the MG 5 and the Volkswagen Santana can be regarded as your “everyday cars” but with exceptional features that both models have.  

The MG 5 takes pride in both performance and luxury. This subcompact sedan is considered to be the widest and longest in its segment because of its refined lines and expressive style that give it an eye-catching look.

MG 5

Its exterior design is further enhanced by features like powerful LED headlights that guarantee proper illumination, and the two-tone, 10-spoke alloy wheels that complement the stylish and handsome appeal of the MG 5. 

It also has an electric sunroof that you can take advantage of, especially when the weather is pleasant.

On the other hand, Volkswagen, being a leading global brand, has brought to car buyers and enthusiasts one of the most affordable vehicles in its class, the Volkswagen Santana

Volkswagen Santana

The Santana is considered an ideal option for those who are looking for a vehicle offering  performance, spaciousness, and functionality.

Aside from its cost-efficiency, the German-engineered sedan can be brought for maintenance once yearly (every 10,000 km), making it more convenient and hassle-free to own the vehicle.

Volkswagen Santana Interior - Dashboard

The MG 5 is equipped with a powerful and fuel-efficient engine for a pleasurable driving experience, while the Volkswagen Santana’s engine is mated to an automatic transmission that adjusts to your driving style anytime.  Moreover, the BlueMotion technology of the Santana engine significantly decreases emissions and increases fuel economy.

The British design and heritage of MG appears on the styling of the MG 5, which features not only an large body and long wheelbase, but adequate headroom, generous trunk space, and wide interior. 

MG 5

Inside, the MG 5 is large enough to hold numerous comfort and convenience features for improved driving such as a keyless entry and push start/stop button, automatic climate control, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system fitted with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a flat-bottom, leather steering wheel with mounted controls so that you remain in control of the wheel, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat that guarantees a comfortable position behind the steering wheel.

MG 5

The MG 5 also has a suite of safety features such as a 360-degree camera that provides a bird’s-eye view of the car’s surroundings and makes parking easier, as well as numerous airbags, the auto brake hold, cornering brake control, remote central locking, rear parking sensor, reversing camera, cruise control, and tire pressure monitoring system. 

Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Santana emphasizes connectivity and entertainment with its Blaupunkt system (for the Santana 180 MPI AT SE variant).

As for safety, the Santana is equipped with electronic stabilization program ESP that monitors crucial driving conditions like possible risks of under or oversteering, skidding, and wheel spinning, thus helping the vehicle remain on its course all the time.

Moreover, the Santana features an electronic engine immobilizer that utilizes coding software to make sure that the right key is used when starting the engine of your vehicle.

Both subcompact sedans are available at an affordable price, but how else do the MG 5 and Volkswagen Santana stack up against one another?

Let us take a look at the features specifically of the MG 5 1.5L CVT Alpha and the Volkswagen Santana 180 MPI AT SE with Blaupunkt variants below:

SPECIFICATIONS

MG 5 1.5L CVT Alpha

Volkswagen Santana 180 MPI AT SE with Blaupunkt

Vehicle type

Subcompact sedan

Subcompact sedan

Length (mm)

4,601

4,475

Width (mm)

1,818

1,706

Height (mm)

1,489

1,469

Wheelbase (mm)

2,680

2,603

Fuel tank capacity (liters)

45

55

Engine

1.5L Inline-4 Cylinder DOHC 16V DVVT

4-cylinder, in-line, Multi-Point Fuel Injection Gasoline Engine with BlueMotion technology

Transmission type

CVT with Manual Mode

6-speed automatic

Displacement (cc)

1,498

1,498

Maximum torque (Nm)

150

150

Maximum output (hp)

112

108

Suspension

(Front) MacPherson Strut




(Rear) Torsion Beam

(Front) MacPherson Independent Suspension 



(Rear) Composite Torsion Beam Semi-independent Suspension

Brake system

(Front) Ventilated Disc


(Rear) Solid Disc

(Front) Front Ventilated Disc


(Rear) Rear Drum

Steering System

3-Mode EPS

Electronic Power Steering

Steering Column

Adjustable

Adjustable

Wheels

Two-tone 16-inch Alloy

6J x 15-inch Alloy

Tires

205/55R16

185/60R15

Headlamps

LED-type 


With Automatic On/Off Headlamps, Projector Headlamps with Levelling

Halogen-type 


With Adjustable Headlights

Daytime running lamps  

With (LED)

Without

Wiper

Frameless

With

Seat material

MG Leather-Style

Fabric

Seats and Seat Features

6-way Power Driver's Seat

4-Way Electric Passenger Seat

Single Fold Rear Seats

With Driver's Seat Manual Lumbar Support and Front Seat Heating

All Adjustable, Height-Adjustable Driver’s Seat

Foldable Rear Seats

With Rear Seat Heating and Rear Seat Headrest

Seatbelts

With Driver Seatbelt Reminder and 3-Point Seatbelt for Rear Middle Seat

With Rear Seatbelts, Seatbelt Warning, and Height-Adjustable Front Seatbelts

Power Windows

One-touch Up/Down Function with Anti-Pinch (Driver Window Only)

With (Front)

Air-Conditioner

With (Electric)

With

Keyless Entry

With (Remote and Passive)

With

Push Button/Start Stop

With

With

Touchscreen

10-inch color display

N/A

Speakers

With (6)

With

Bluetooth connectivity

With

With

Power outlets

5 (USB)

With

Audio

Radio (AM/FM Receiver)

Radio (AM/FM Receiver), Integrated 2DIN Audio

Airbags

Driver and Passenger, Side,

Curtain

Driver and Front Passenger

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

With

With

Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

With

With

Brake Assist (BA)

With

Without

Electronic Stability

With (Electronic Stability Control)

With (Electronic Stabilization Program)

Electric Parking Brake

With

Without

Child Locks 

With

With

Available colors

Moon White, Meteorite Black, Carbon Gray, Extreme Speed Red, Morning Gold, Laser Blue

Polar White, Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Grey

PRICE

P938,888

P993,000

 

Photos from MG Philippines and Volkswagen Philippines

MG 5 vs Volkswagen Santana Comparison

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  • ₱658,888 - ₱938,888
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