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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Small SUV

Ten years after Suzuki sold the Santana car-factory to the Andalusian government, the Spanish brand started to build a licensed version of the well-known Suzuki Vitara.

The Santana 300 was the three-door version, while the 350 was the five-door bodywork. Both vehicles were very suitable for the market. Due to a revised design, affordable price, and off-road capabilities, it remained in production, well after the new partnership with Iveco started in 2006. It was a harsh ride for the small Spanish carmaker, which ended its road in 2011.

It was almost impossible to notice a difference between a Suzuki Vitara and a Santana 300/350 from its sides, but the front was a different story. While the GM-based Vitara featured rectangular headlights, the Spanish carmaker decided in favor of four round headlamps. A trapezoidal grille with a cross-hair in the middle made the car looks different.

Inside, the Spanish designers just applied the Santana badge on the Vitara steering wheel, which was all of their work. The rectangular air vents on the dashboard and the center stack layout were the same as in the Vitara. There were a few trim levels, but most of the Santana 350 were offered in the top trim level, the JLX.

Under the hood, Santana was offered with only one engine option, the 1.6-liter turbodiesel unit. It was paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. A transfer box with low-range gear transformed the car from 4x2 into a 4x4 vehicle with good off-road abilities.

SANTANA 300 - 350 2005 - 2011 4 Photos
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SANTANA 300 - 350 2005 - 2011
  2 diesel engines
  • 300 5MT (90 HP)
  • 350 5MT (90 HP)

SANTANA 300 - 350 300 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  300 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1560 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 4000 RPM
90 HP @ 4000 RPM
89 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
158 lb-ft @ 1750 RPM
214 Nm @ 1750 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.1 gallons (42.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
100 mph (161 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/70 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
144.5 in (3670 mm)
Width
64.1 in (1628 mm)
Height
65.5 in (1664 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.9/55.1 in (1,394/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
86.6 in (2200 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.2 in (208 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3018 lbs (1369 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
34.5 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
Highway
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
Combined
41.2 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
149 g/km

SANTANA 300 - 350 350 5MT (90 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  350 5MT (90 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1560 cm3
Power
66 KW @ 4000 RPM
90 HP @ 4000 RPM
89 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
158 lb-ft @ 1750 RPM
214 Nm @ 1750 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
11.1 gallons (42.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
100 mph (161 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/70 R15
DIMENSIONS
Length
159 in (4039 mm)
Width
64.3 in (1633 mm)
Height
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Front/rear Track
54.9/55.1 in (1,394/1,400 mm)
Wheelbase
97.6 in (2479 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.2 in (208 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3289.3 lbs (1492 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
34.5 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
Highway
46.1 mpg US (5.1 L/100Km)
Combined
41.2 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
149 g/km
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