We drive the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

More space in the Allspace…

This week we’ve been driving Volkswagen’s new Tiguan Allspace, and with more space for more occupants, the name “Allspace” says it all.

More space in the Allspace

The Allspace increases the Tiguan’s overall length by 215 mm, which means that VW could add another row of seats in the back to cater for additional occupants. In terms of comfort, the back row of seats might not seem as substantial as the middle row, but this isn’t going to bother tiny tots. It is a compact SUV after all, and when comparing the Tiguan Allspace to others in its class, it does a pretty good job with what it has to offer.

This is a car that’s going to favour those busy moms, who volunteer to do lifting on school outings, or school-runs, but who also want a car that’s still ‘cool enough’ and premium inside.

The middle row of seats is where the Allspace really outdoes itself. Here, occupants can enjoy not only loads of leg and head room, but useful features such as a USB charging point and climate control settings. There’s great visibility through large windows and low sills too!

While the front and middle row of seats really spoil you for space and comfort, the back row of seats is probably more suitable for an additional pair of toddlers, rather than adults.

Boot space in the Allspace has been increased by 115 litres. When seating at the rear isn’t needed, fold the back row flat and you’ve got yourself a massive 700 litres of cargo volume to fill! And if that’s not enough, perhaps you need to pack your surfboards in for your next coastal trip, you can still fold the middle row down for 1,775 litres of boot space.

Okay, enough about space…what else?

The Allspace is available in three trim lines – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, and includes expanded standard features to highlight its positioning between the NWB Tiguan and its bigger brother, the flagship Touareg.

Also read: Car Review: New Volkswagen Touareg

Tiguan Allspace Trendline. Available with the 1.4 TSI 110 kW engine, the Tiguan Allspace Trendline is entry level only in terms of price. It offers so much more in terms of features. Compared to the NWB, the Tiguan Allspace Trendline has the following extras:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Light and Visibility Package (Auto dimming mirror, rain sensor and auto headlight control and High Beam Assist)
  • Chrome trapezoidal panels for exhaust system tailpipes
  • Front underbody protection in granite grey
  • Privacy glass on rear and side windows

Tiguan Allspace Comfortline Compared to the Allspace Trendline it is available in 2.0 TSI 132kW 4MOTION or 2.0 TDI 110kW 4MOTION variation. In addition to the features of the Comfortline (NWB) and Tiguan Allspace Trendline, this version offers the following:

  • Electrically opening and closing tailgate
  • LED headlights with dynamic cornering lights
  • Hill Descent Assist

Tiguan Allspace Highline The top-of-the-range model is the Tiguan Allspace Highline. The Allspace Highline is exclusively configured with the powerful 2.0 TSI 162 kW engine with 4MOTION. Even on the NWB Tiguan, the Highline features already include 18-inch alloy wheels, a silver front spoiler, silver roof rails, LED headlights with dynamic cornering lights, ambient lighting and Composition Media infotainment. Over and above this, the Tiguan Allspace Highline has further features added:

  • Keyless Access (locking and starting system)
  • Easy Open sensor controlled boot opener
  • App-Connect and Voice Control

And what’s it like to drive?

Despite being a bigger model than the regular Tiguan, the Allspace still feels light and compact on the road. Its low stance keeps it firmly planted on the road and provides a comfortable, limited-body-roll, driving experience. You really don’t notice the extra weight from its bigger body, which is great, because the Tiguan is a great car to drive! It deals well with bumps and maneuvers well in tricky areas around town, steering is sharp and all-round visibility is great too.

We drove the 2.0 litre TSI Comfortline in R-line guise, which offers 132 kW of power and 320 N.m of torque from its four-cylinder engine, which is all you need from a great all-rounder car. Its acclaimed fuel consumption is 7.7 litres per 100 kilometers, which we almost averaged had it not been for the many steep hills we ventured along during our drive around the peninsula (and my heavy foot).

What does it cost?

New Tiguan Allspace Prices (VAT and emissions tax included)

1.4 TSI 110kW Trendline DSG R463 400

2.0 TSI 132kW Comfortline 4MOTION DSG R523 800

2.0 TDI 110kW Comfortline 4MOTION DSG R571 100

2.0 TSI 162kW Highline 4MOTION DSG R604 800

The new Tiguan Allspace comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and space saver spare wheel. Service Interval is 15 000km.