Volkswagen Lavida: The story of Mon and his ‘life companion’


It’s not uncommon for us Filipino car owners to take good care of our rides. We treat our cars as life companions and, maybe even to some extent, as second wives.

Mon Buela shares his story about his Volkswagen Lavida.

A sales and marketing manager in a financial firm, Buela has been living it up as a single executive. He says that the “performance, space, and boldness” of the Volkswagen Lavida has allowed him “reach new heights,” both in his career and in his life. According to Buela, the compact sedan has proven to be an elegant and capable lifestyle partner calling it the “perfect daily driver.”


“I knew Volkswagen produces topnotch cars worldwide, wherever they may have been manufactured. I also wanted a vehicle that isn’t costly to own. I got enticed by the once-a-year PMS visit, which costs half as much as the annual PMS in other brands. Moreover, I knew that Volkswagen cars are fuel-efficient,” explains Buela.

He adds, “When I was in the market for a new car, I wasn’t simply looking for what it could offer. Yes, the Lavida has a fast engine, elegant interior, intuitive infotainment, and a head-turning exterior — characteristics that would lure bachelors like me. But I was already planning on starting a family, and I found this as my ideal starter family car. A high safety rating and Isofix child seat anchors made it fit in my plans. In addition, while most people would prefer SUVs at this price point, I don’t think those SUVs could match the experience and drive that the Lavida could offer.”


“The Lavida is one of my first steps in steering my life goals to the next direction,” Buela stressed as he shares his plans to settle down and start his own family.

His Lavida is there to make sure that journey is realized, and the Volkswagen badge is there to assure him that the brand’s promise is kept.

As he has mentioned, “Owning a Volkswagen is having a good and equipped car that will usher me into the following stages of my life. Volkswagen cars certainly have all the bells and whistles at an acceptable price range, particularly with the robust build and low cost of ownership.”

Mon Buela knew he made the right decision when put the Lavida through its paces.


“Saying the Lavida is merely comfortable would be an understatement. The sturdy vehicle brought more than just comfort on the road. It allowed me to have peace of mind because of the safety features. Also, I can’t believe how fuel-efficient the Lavida has been. During my first weeks of owning it, I was trying to beat every personal efficiency record. My personal best so far has been 26.3km per liter,” Buela said.


“I don’t see myself changing my brand in the future,” he concluded.

The Philippine-spec VW Lavida wears a simple yet elegant chrome grille flanked by two halogen headlamps on each side with two front fog lamps at the bottom. It sports side mirror-integrated turn signals, body-color door handles, and a sunroof.

Under the hood, VW fitted the Lavida with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder TSI engine with BlueMotion technology mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission.

Safety-wise the Lavida features front airbags, ABS with brake assist and anti-slip regulation, stability control, and hill start assist.

Interested in finding your life companion like Mon? Check out the Volkswagen Lavida at these VW dealerships :

  • Volkswagen BGC
  • Volkswagen Quezon Avenue
  • Volkswagen Pampanga
  • Volkswagen Santa Rosa
  • Volkswagen Cebu
  • Volkswagen Iloilo
  • Volkswagen Bacolod
  • Volkswagen Cagayan de Oro

Would-be Lavida owners can also check out Volkswagen Philippines’ official website or their official social media accounts.

Photos from Volkswagen

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