Many of our readers probably don't know Santana. The Spanish company basically builds renewed versions of known SUVs licensed from Land Rover (which they call Anibal) and Suzuki (300/350) fitted to modern Peugeot-Citroën (PSA) diesel engines. The factory is in the south of Spain, in the province of Jaen.

Nevertheless, a "surprise" arrived recently when the marque announced that its full range would fall under the second lowest new Immatriculation Tax bracket in Spain. That means that Santana can sell their sub-compact SUVs with a reduction in that tax from 7 to 4.75 percent. This isn't a whole lot of money, but the categorization is quite surprising, and something Santana can claim on their advertising.

In this case, the models 300 / 350 (which are revamped versions of the 90s Suzuki Vitara in 3 and 5 doors respectively) are fitted with a 1.6 HDi engine sourced from PSA good for 90 HP which is currently one of the best diesel powertrains for CO2 emissions. It's good for 5.7 l / 100 km (42 mpg) in European mixed cycle and 149 CO2 g/km.

[Source: Autoblog en Español and Santana Motor]

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