Tiguan From Volkswagen Now With Allspace!
Andy Harris, Motoring and Property Editor
Volkswagen’s SUV offensive continues apace and although they are a little late to join the party, there is no doubting the quality of their offerings.
The Tiguan burst onto the motoring scene back in 2008 and soon established itself as the German manufacturer’s third best-selling car in the UK. Well over 100,000 are plying the highways and byways.
In 2016 Volkswagen launched the second generation Tiguan, longer, lower and wider than its predecessor. Capable of carrying five adults and luggage in comfort, sales have continued to be strong.
There are however times when most families have need to carry an extra passenger or two and rather sensibly you can now buy a Tiguan with more space, or Allspace as titled.
Adding a mere 21.5cm in length has allowed Volkswagen to fit a third row of seats.
The rear doors have been extended and the roof altered slightly, but it would take a keen eye to spot the external changes over its less commodious sister.
Used as a five-seater, the boot will hold up to 700 litres of luggage (an increase of 85 litres) and rear seat legroom is improved.
The rear seats slide forward when required, allowing the third row of seats more space. In truth, only youngsters will find enough room to spread out, with headroom in particular lacking. They also possess the ability to clamber in.
None of this matters as the back chairs will serve their intended purpose and those seeking to carry seven adults will already be looking elsewhere.
My test car arrived in what is predicted to be the most popular trim. SE Navigation is the well-equipped range-opener and there would seem to be little point in spending more on SEL or sporty R-Line models.
Spec highlights include three-zone air conditioning, electric tailgate, adaptive cruise control and an 8-inch touchscreen controlling the in-car Navigation, music etc.
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‘My’ Allspace’s 150PS motor seemed up to the task and was mated with the 7-speed self-shifting DSG gearbox – a likable combination. Sadly I failed to find a full complement of passengers and would venture that if that’s how you generally roll, the 190PS engine might serve you better.
Those in search of 4x4 capability can specify the 4MOTION option. It boasts a variety of settings for different conditions and should provide enough traction to deal with winter conditions or a little light off-roading. It passed the wet grass test and muddy track test.
The Tiguan Allspace boasts a mostly comfortable ride, with only the worst of urban potholes disturbing the calm of the comfortable cabin. The payoff is safe and predictable high speed handling. Wind and road noise are well muted too.
In spite of the increased dimensions, the Allspace is only about 100kg heavier than the regular version so there is very little penalty at the pumps. Just under 48mpg is the official combined cycle figure for the 150PS diesel DSG 4MOTION.
I recorded just less than 40mpg on a longer run, with around 35mpg when pottering around locally. Reasonable figures I would say.
Tiguan Allspace prices start from £29,370. That’s a jump of £2,645 over the regular version, though I would predict stronger residual values for the 7-seater. With DSG gearbox and 4MOTION as tested, the price jumps to £34,905.
A few choice goodies (Keyless Entry - £450, Halbanero Orange paint - £1,000, Towbar and Trailer Assist - £1,540 etc) and the price as tested rose to £39,010.
In terms of perceived quality, there is no doubting that the Tiguan Allspace is an appealing proposition for the growing family. It drives well, boasts a family-friendly interior and should prove to be affordable to run.
My only reservation is Tiguan’s Czech cousin, the Skoda Kodiaq. Cheaper, as good to drive and full of ‘Simply Clever’ features, it is worth a look. You pays your money and you takes your choice...
Fast Facts (as tested)
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace SE Navigation 4MOTION
Price £34,905 (£39,010 with options)
150PS 2.0-litre diesel engine
7-speed DSG gearbox
4MOTION all-wheel drive
0 – 62mph in 9.9 seconds
Top speed 123mph
Combined economy 47.9mpg
Emissions 153g/km CO2
BIK tax 32%
Insurance group 17E
3 year/60,000 mile warranty
Tiguan From Volkswagen Now With Allspace!, 27th April 2018, 13:43 PM