Review: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Review: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
Review: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

More length and more seats moves the Tiguan Allspace up alongside the best seven-seat SUVs

How much space does a sitting human take up? We don’t know the answer to that, but Volkswagen has managed to fit an extra row of two seats into its Tiguan by adding just 109mm to the wheelbase and 215mm to its total length.

That (and a front-end refresh) apart, the resulting seven-seat Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is no different to the regular five-seat Tiguan, a car that has done very well for Volkswagen in the UK. The creation of this new seven-seat version has been driven by the US market, where they like super-sized versions of most things.

The Allspace will be the only Tiguan available to American buyers. VW UK has decided to take this long version as well, presumably on the grounds of “why wouldn’t we?”

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI 150

Price: £35,535 approx (on sale dec 2017)
Engine: 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel
Power: 148bhp
Torque: 251lb ft
Gearbox: 7-spd double-clutch auto
Kerbweight: 1775kg
Top speed: 123mph
0-62mph: 9.9sec
Fuel economy: 47.9mpg
CO2 rating/BIK: 153g/km, 32%

Certainly, there’ll be no culture shock for British Tiguan buyers as it’s all so very familiar. Leggy types won’t thank you for allocating them places in the third tier but kids will be OK there. The back-row space is on a par with that of Skoda’s Kodiaq or Nissan’s X-Trail.

VW has also used some of the new length to boost the boot space. Rearmost seats up, it’s 230 litres. Rearmost seats down, it’s 700 litres, which is 85 up on the five-seater’s space. With both back rows down, you’ve got 1775 litres. Although these are excellent figures, they’re all beaten by the seven-seat Kodiaq.

The interior finish is typically sturdy, the fit is top grade and you get a nice sense of investment in quality. Standard equipment levels don’t disappoint either.

As regards its driving characteristics, they’re unchanged from the five-seater. That extra length has been neatly absorbed by the chassis, which continues to deliver stability and predictability, if not fizz. Playing around with the drive modes will tweak steering weight, enliven the throttle response and, if you take the adaptive dampers option, modify the suspension. Most will be more than happy however with Normal mode for their everyday family motoring.

The 2.0-litre TDI 150 is expected to be the biggest seller in a range that’s going to be 95 per cent diesel, an indication at least that the reports of diesel’s death may be greatly exaggerated. This particular engine is refined, torquey, powerful enough on faster roads and generally a fine balance of performance and economy.

So, what is the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace? In bald terms, it offers all the five-seat Tiguan’s benefits with the added practicality that comes with another two seats. It’s no miracle to drive, but it feels posh and roomy and it does what it says on the SUV tin.

There is a catch: the price. The existing five-seater is already expensive relative to the opposition, and it’s unlikely that adding stuff like size and seats will turn the Allspace into a bargain alternative. We’ll know more about this at the end of the year when the UK pricing and spec info come out. All we have so far is a bit of chat about a possible £1000-£2000 premium. What we can predict with a little more certainty is that the Skoda Kodiaq’s list price will be lower and it will have more space.

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