First shown as a concept at the Detroit Show in 2016, the 7-seat addition to the Tiguan range, now available locally, answers the need for a practical seven-seat family car with plenty of high-tech touches.
The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is longer and taller than the five-seat Tiguan and a more upmarket alternative to the likes of the seven-seater Skoda Kodiaq (not available in SA) and Nissan X-Trail – reflected in the pricing that kicks of a R463 000 and rises to R604 800.
There are loads of soft-touch plastics, glossy metal-effect trims and soft-close cubbies, but sadly its design will not get your pulse racing.
The Tiguan Allspace has a longer wheelbase with design modifications in the front (new hood and radiator grille) and an expanded range of standard equipment.
Tiguan Allspace vehicles are also all equipped with granite grey underbody protection as standard. The roof itself has also been redesigned with structural lines used for the first time instead of a smooth roof surface – in homage to classic SUVs.
It is also available in on-road and off-road versions. Both the Tiguan NWB and the Tiguan Allspace can be ordered with an optional ‘off-road package’ together with special engine underbody protection that extends to the bumper for off-road driving.
The longer body significantly alters the side proportions of the Tiguan Allspace. The wheelbase is 110 mm longer and now measures 2 791 mm. The vehicle’s total length has increased by 215 mm to 4 701 mm, which make the Tiguan Allspace a space giant among SUVs of its class.
It offers an extra 60 mm of knee room for rear passengers and an additional 115 litres of cargo volume. There is a 230 litre boot behind the third row. Fold the third row seats flat and the boot space increases to 700 litres, fold the second row flat and you have 1 775 litres of boot space – however, this does fall short of some comparable SUV boot sizes.
The vehicle can be ordered with an Active Info Display (fully digital instruments) and a Head-up Display. In addition to that, three different infotainment systems are available. As standard, Trendline and Comfortline models are fitted with the Composition Colour infotainment system. The Composition Media system is available as an option (standard on Highline).
In addition, Volkswagen is also offering the Discover Pro navigation system.
With driver assistance systems such as ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) with Front Assist (including City Emergency Braking function), the NWB Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace offer semi-automated driving features.
The Allspace is available in three trim lines – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The entry Trendline has a 1.4 TSI 110 kW engine and offers 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 and privacy glass on rear and side windows.
Tiguan Allspace Comfortline is available in 2.0 TSI 132kW 4MOTION or 2.0 TDI 110kW 4MOTION variants, gaining and electrically opening and closing tailgate, ED headlights with dynamic cornering lights and Hill Descent Assist.
The top-of-the-range model is the Tiguan Allspace Highline configured with the 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 keyless access (locking and starting system), Easy Open sensor controlled boot opener and App-Connect and Voice Control.
The 2.0 TDI with 110 kW power output is the only engine of the diesel range. The four-cylinder diesel engine has 340 Nm of torque that is available between 1 750 r/min and 3 000 r/min. The combined fuel consumption is 6,6 l/100 km and is vailable with a 7-speed DSG transmission.
As an alternative to the Off-road package, the R-Line package is available as an option on Comfortline and Highline models. It features a lowered sports suspension with uniquely shaped body-coloured front and rear bumpers, gloss black front air intakes and body-coloured side skirts.
Distinctive styling includes 19 inch ‘Sebring’ alloy wheels on Comfortline or 20 inch ‘Suzuka‘ alloy wheels on Highline. Sporty refinement continues with the inclusion of a black rooflining in the interior.
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/90 000 km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000 km warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and space saver spare wheel. Service Interval is 15 000 km.