Auto Focus | Car Review: Volkswagen Lavida 1.4 L 230 TSI DSG Comfortline
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230 Our featured vehicle in this week’s Car Review is one that has a styling that may borderline on simple and basic, yet does not lack on elegance. It may be old-schooled but it certainly has its own character. We’re talking about none other than the Volkswagen Lavida, a German, China-built compact sedan. Find out more about it. Watch this.
Here we have a German, China-built compact sedan, the Volkswagen Lavida 1.4 L 230 TSI DSG Comfortline variant. One that has a styling that may borderline on simple and basic yet does not lack on elegance. It may be old-schooled but it certainly has its own character.
Our first stop: the powertrain.
The Volkswagen Lavida is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 225 Nm of torque. These figures are paired with a seven-speed DSG Transmission, which combines the convenience of an automatic and the fuel-efficiency of a manual. On top of it, the Lavida’s powertrain is equipped with Bluemotion Technology which makes it lighter and more fuel-efficient.
For the suspension, it is equipped with MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer at the front and Torsion Beam with Stabilizer at the rear—a bit basic but it does its job supporting the car amidst road imperfections. There would also be no problem halting the car to a stop if needed, courtesy of Disc brakes for both at the front and rear.
Enough of the oily, technical bits. Let’s proceed to the exterior and interior of our featured compact sedan.
The Lavida’s styling leans towards an old-school design. If anything, its look is similar to the Jetta, except the Lavida has a more modern touch to it. The grille is simply accented with a horizontal stripe pattern and in the middle of it is the brand’s badge. The LED headlamps are simply sitting there as well—no complicated styling or anything. These lines that wrap around the car give it more character to it. At the rear, the taillights are straightforward as well. The only thing that highlights the back of the car is this chrome strip along the bottom of the car. In addition, the car runs on 16” alloy wheels.
Overall, the exterior of this compact sedan is one that is simple but not boring. Also, it is worth noting that even though the Lavida is China-built, the exterior scream German all over.
The simplicity and the straightforwardness of the exterior continue on in the interior of the car. The stirring wheel and the seats are all wrapped in leather which gives it a luxury and modern vibe even though the entirety of the this compact sedan is more old-school fashioned. Also, the plastic material around the interior is Volkswagen’s mark with its cars. The cabin has more room compared to other compact sedans in the market, probably because it doesn’t have much high-tech stuff in its console and dashboard to come with it. And because the interior is not that crowded, the Lavida comes with a spacious head and legroom.
For entertainment purposes, the Lavida has 6 speakers and is available through CD, MP3, AUX, USB, Bluetooth connectivity among others.
Additionally, the technologies that provide comfort and convenience to the driver and passengers are what make up for the interior of the Lavida, though. It comes with a Climatronic Airconditioning which ensures clean and fresh air conditioning inside the car. There’s also the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which checks the tires constantly and maintain the correct tire pressure. Meanwhile, the Electronic Stabilization Program takes charge of the detecting of critical driving conditions.
Aside from these, the Lavida is equipped with 2 airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System with EBD, Traction/Stability Control, and Parking Sensors.
That was the Volkswagen Lavida, a German, China-built compact sedan that comes with an old-schooled design and styling but offers technologies focusing on comfort and convenience of the passengers. That’s it for our Car Review this week.