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​ ​[YesAuto Model PK] Santana and Jetta, the two most familiar cars in the Chinese market, have finally ushered in a thorough facelift after entering the Chinese market for more than 20 years. The new Santana and the new Jetta have been launched. Not only does the exterior and interior of the car incorporate Volkswagen's brand new family design elements, but it also differs from the “old predecessors” in terms of power system and safety performance. Today, let us take a look at the performance of these two cars that are most familiar to the Chinese people after a new transformation, and where are the advantages of the two?

In order to show these two models better and more comprehensively, the editors in this article chose their top models for comparison. Among them, the new Santana we chose is the 1.6L automatic luxury version, and the guide price is 123,800 yuan. On this basis, it is also equipped with an optional package at a price of 1,200 yuan, including front seat heating and fixed-speed cruise. Item configuration, the actual price of the car is 125,000 yuan. It is currently the new Santana with the highest configuration and the most expensive price that everyone can buy on the market. If you want to know a more detailed introduction to the optional configuration of the new Santana, please click here .

For the new Jetta, we also chose the 1.6L automatic luxury model. Since the car has not been officially launched, we don’t know the specific price for the time being. However, according to dealers’ estimates, the guide price after the launch should not be much different from that of the new Santana. .

● Appearance comparison:

In appearance, the most obvious difference between the two cars is reflected in the shape of the front face. Although both adopt the popular family design style, the color of the front air intake grille, the bumper and the shape of the taillights are slightly adjusted to create a visual The effect is not the same. The front face of the new Santana feels more stable, and the new Jetta looks young and energetic.

The difference in body size between the two cars is only millimetres, the wheelbase is 2603mm, and the car width is 1706mm. The length of the new Jetta is 14mm longer than the new Santana. This is the biggest difference between the two cars in terms of body size data. However, this difference is difficult to detect from the visual effect of the car side.

The two models we compared are equipped with 15-inch aluminum alloy wheels with Hankook K415 tires with specifications of 185/60 R15. In terms of wheel shape, the 15-spoke intensive wheel style used by the new Santana is more suitable for its steady and atmospheric appearance. In contrast, the shape of the 5-spoke wheel on the new Jetta is more ordinary.

In the rear shape, the main difference between the two cars is reflected in the shape of the taillights. The taillights of the new Santana are more regular in shape, in the same line with the steady and atmospheric style of the front face. The taillights of the new Jetta are more angular, which also echoes the relatively young and sporty design style of the front face.

● Comparison of the center console:

In the interior, the most obvious difference between the new Santana and the new Jetta is the shape of the air-conditioning outlet on the center console. The air-conditioning outlet of the new Santana is rectangular, and the new Jetta is round. Which one is better depends on everyone. Like it. As for the center consoles of the two cars are made of hard plastic materials, this is completely expected.

The shape of the steering wheel is also the same. The outer ring is wrapped in leather and feels pretty good. The multi-function buttons above can be used to control the vehicle's audio system. It is a pity that the steering wheels of the two vehicles can only be adjusted up and down, not front and rear, which has a certain impact on the comfort of the driver.

● Skylight size comparison:

The sunroofs of the two cars have the same size, with a length of 340mm, a width of 670mm, and an openable length of 320mm. The operation method is exactly the same. Both use the common rotary switch on Volkswagen, which is more convenient to use.​

Skylight size comparison
Model New Santana 1.6L Automatic Deluxe Edition New Jetta 1.6L Automatic Deluxe Edition
Length (mm) 340 340
Width (mm) 670 670
Can be opened (mm) 320 320

● Comparison of riding space:

The experiencer is 176cm tall. After adjusting the front seats to a reasonable driving posture, the headroom of the new Santana and the new Jetta is not considered to be ample. In the back row, the leg room of the two cars has a margin of about 2 punches, and the head room is 2 fingers, so the performance is acceptable.

● Security configuration comparison:

Security configuration comparison
Model New Santana 1.6L Automatic Deluxe Edition New Jetta 1.6L Automatic Deluxe Edition
Driver's seat airbag
Co-pilot airbag
Front side airbag
Front head airbag (air curtain)
Rear head airbag (air curtain)
Body stability control
ABS anti-lock /
Braking force distribution

From the data point of view, the top models of the new Santana and the new Jetta will be equipped with ESP body stability control system. The top models of the new Santana also have 6 airbags, while the top models of the new Jetta currently have only 4 models. Airbags, as to whether the side curtain airbags are available as options, we still don’t know because the car is not on the market.​

● Comparison of luggage compartment volume:

The luggage compartment volume of the new Santana and the new Jetta is 466L. After our actual measurement, the length, width and height of the luggage compartment of the two cars are also exactly the same. It is a pity that the backs of the rear seats of both vehicles cannot be put down, which will cause inconvenience to the handling of large luggage. We hope that manufacturers can improve this in the later period.

​● Comparative display of conventional storage space:

The performance of the conventional storage space of the two cars is exactly the same. The front storage space is relatively abundant, while the rear storage space performance is relatively ordinary. In addition to the door storage compartments that can hold some items, the storage compartment space in the middle of the rear row Too small and not very practical.

● Engine/transmission/suspension comparison:

Both the new Santana and the new Jetta provide two inline four-cylinder naturally aspirated engines with the model EA211, 1.4L and 1.6L, for consumers to choose from, with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Taking the models compared in this article as an example, the 1.6L engine of the new Santana has a maximum power of 110 horsepower and a maximum torque of 155 Nm. The maximum power of the new Jetta 1.6L engine is also 110 horsepower, and the maximum torque is 5 Nm larger than the new Santana, which is 160 Nm.

In terms of suspension structure, the front suspensions of the two vehicles are all MacPherson independent suspensions, and the rear suspensions are all composite torsion beam semi-independent suspensions.

Comparison of maintenance information:

The vehicle warranty period announced by the new Santana manufacturer is two years or 60,000 kilometers, and the regular maintenance interval is 5000 kilometers or 6 months. Since the new Jetta has not yet been launched, the vehicle warranty period and maintenance interval have not been officially announced, but refer to the previous FAW -Traditional Volkswagen models, conservatively estimated that the warranty period of the new Jetta should also be two years or 60,000 kilometers, and the regular maintenance interval is 5,000 kilometers or 6 months, which is consistent with the new Santana.​

Comparison of maintenance information
Model New Santana 1.6L Automatic Deluxe Edition New Jetta 1.6L Automatic Deluxe Edition
Vehicle warranty Two years or 60,000 kilometers Two years or 60,000 kilometers (estimated by 4S shop)
Small maintenance interval mileage 5000 kilometers or 6 months 5000 kilometers or 6 months (estimated by 4S shop)
Small maintenance cost About 300 yuan (estimated by 4S shop) About 300 yuan (estimated by 4S shop)
Note: As the new Jetta is not yet on the market, the table is the estimated data of 4S stores.

As for the small maintenance price for replacing the oil and filter, the Shanghai Volkswagen dealer said that due to the short time to market for the new Santana, no car has been returned to the store for maintenance. The detailed price is still unclear. According to their internal forecast, it should be 1.6L with the LaVida The price for small maintenance of the model is about 300 yuan. The cost of the new Jetta has also not been announced, but it is expected to remain unchanged.

● Full text summary:

Through a comprehensive comparison of these two models, I think the most obvious difference between the new Santana and the new Jetta is reflected in the appearance of the two cars. The Santana’s styling is more stable, and the new Jetta is more youthful and sporty. From the shape to the materials to the space and comfort configuration of the interior, the difference between the two workshops can basically be ignored. As for the safety configuration, the new Santana, which is also the top model, has more side air curtains than the new Jetta, which is commendable.

How to choose and buy, I think in the case that the product itself is not very different, the first is to see who you prefer the appearance of the new Santana and the new Jetta, and the second is to consider the two names of “Santana” and “Jetta”. Which one do you like? After all, these two names not only represent a model, but also full of people's feelings and memories. As for the price-performance ratio, the price range of the new Santana has been officially announced, ranging from 8.49 to 123,800 yuan. The new Jetta has not yet been officially launched, so we can’t make a final conclusion on this yet. The suspense will have to wait until March 9th. It will not be announced until the day it is officially listed.