Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace – expert review (2023)

conquest of space

Jonathan Crouch

ten second review

Volkswagen's upgraded 7-seater Tiguan Allspace SUV gets a revised design, additional control and assistance systems, and new premium features. And of course, it's still as practical as ever. Could it be the only car you'll ever really need? Potential buyers will likely view this car the same way.

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It is no longer enough to offer a single five-seater mid-range SUV. The market now demands that the major manufacturers also offer variants of these models that are long enough to accommodate a third row of seats. Volkswagen could not ignore this trend, and it did not. In 2017, he brought us this larger "allspace" Tiguan derivative, then updated it four years later to create the car we're about to see here. It's not much bigger than the standard version; The length has been increased by 215mm and the wheelbase has been increased by 109mm. Still, as we'll see, it's enough to significantly change the way you can use this car.

behind the wheel experience

You wouldn't expect the changes to this slightly stretched allspace model to have much of an impact on driving dynamics, and they haven't. If anything, the extended wheelbase has had a positive impact on this model's road handling, as the added weight and longer stance help the suspension absorb bumps better in faster corners. Ride quality is an established strength of the regular Tiguan and remains an attribute here too, aided by the high-tech MQB platform found under the body. There are no engineering changes to this allspace model from the standard Tiguan, and Volkswagen has also worked hard to ensure that the extra 215mm of body length on this variant doesn't detract from the car's reassuring handling. At the end of the engine range is a 1.5-litre TSI EVO unit with 150PS, "Cylinder-on-Demand" technology and two-wheel drive. However, most buyers of this car will probably want the alternative 2.0 TDI diesel, which now has a more efficient dual-dose selective catalytic reduction system. Many prospective customers would like this car to be equipped with the 150PS 2.0 TDI unit, which can be ordered with front-wheel drive or (if the DSG automatic gearbox is fitted) with 4MOTION 4WD. If you opt for the more powerful 200 hp 2.0 TDI engine, you need 4MOTION and the DSG automatic transmission. 4MOTION and DSG systems are also a must if you opt for the top 2.0 TSI petrol engine, which is available with 190 or 245PS. The fifth-generation 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system ensures faster power distribution to all four wheels through a process that pre-engages the rear-wheel clutch and improves the function of the electronic differentials. Recently, almost three-quarters of Tiguan buyers in the UK have expressed a preference for all-wheel drive. In the 4x4 version, the car has a ground clearance of 200mm, 11mm more than in the 2WD version.

design and build

As before, it's basically a long-wheelbase version of the standard Tiguan. The main change on this revised Tiguan Allspace is a restyled front end with a distinctive grille and stylish signature lighting, which can now be fitted with the brand's latest IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlamps. Another innovation is the "sweep" turn signal feature of LED turn signals. On either side of the newly designed Volkswagen logo, a light stripe in the radiator grille provides a more striking visual touch. These changes to the front have increased the overall length by 22mm. Inside, like the updated MK2 Tiguan, there's a new infotainment system in the center of the dash with an integrated eSIM. In addition, a digitized climate module with sliders. There is increased availability of the Digital Cockpit Pro instrument console display. And the option to upgrade to a new Harmon/Kardon audio system. Otherwise everything is the same. The additional overall length of this Allspace model of 60mm compared to a standard Tiguan allows the installation of a third row of seats. As with its rivals, these extra bench seats are really just for kids, but they're no narrower than those found in obvious direct competitors like Skoda's Kodiaq or Nissan's X-Trail. To fit lanky adults all the way back, use the standard center-row folding mechanism and slide the center seat all the way forward. The extra length of this Tiguan also increases trunk space. With the rearmost seats in place, the boot volume is 230 liters. With the two seats stored in the boot floor, capacity increases by 85 litres, from the five-seater version to a total of 700 litres. If the second row is also omitted, the capacity reaches 1,775 liters. For potential family buyers, these will be satisfyingly spacious numbers, even if they can't match the figures of the rival Volkswagen Group models with which this car shares its technology, namely the Skoda Kodiaq and SEAT Tarraco.

market and model

Prices start at just over £32,000, which is around £3,500 more than a standard Tiguan. Most buyers will focus on the 150PS version of Volkswagen's familiar 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, which is priced at around £34,500, or around £36,000 with the DSG automatic gearbox. . If you want 4MOTION 4WD with the 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG variant, lock it in for an extra £2,000. When it comes to trim levels, there's a choice of Life, Elegance and R-Line options, with prices going up to around £43,000. All models are equipped with alloy wheels, “Climatic” semi-automatic air conditioning, on-board computer, integral electric windows, alarm system, electrically heated exterior mirrors and “Composition Media” infotainment system. A clever "Auto Publish" is part of the security package. 'Collision Braking System', which automatically slows the car down to 6mph after a collision, so if someone hits you, for example, and you understandably fall apart, the car will automatically right itself. There's also a 'Front Assist' system that scans the road ahead for potential high-speed crash hazards, warns you if one is detected, and automatically applies the brakes if necessary. You also get the same functionality at urban speeds as part of a 'City Emergency Braking System', which is part of the 'Front Assist' package.

cost of ownership

With the 2.0 TDI 150PS 2WD manual variant many will want to deliver up to 53.3 mpg and up to 140 g/km CO2 on the combined cycle. For the 4MOTION DSG automatic version of this variant, the top values ​​are 45.6 mpg and 163 g/km. For the 2.0 TDI 200 4MOTION Auto it is up to 40.9 mpg and 180 g/km. If you opt for the 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol engine, the figures are up to 41.5 mpg and up to 154 g/km with the manual gearbox. All in all, while the sticker price isn't exactly cheap, regardless of which variant you go for, you're probably better off picking this Volkswagen over a cheaper alternative from South Korea when you factor in depreciation and overall cost of living. And the guarantees? Well, the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. If you want to see a little more of the world in your Tiguan, there's a five-year/90,000-mile package. Whatever you decide, your car has three years of roadside assistance throughout Europe with unlimited kilometres. The paint warranty is three years and, as expected, this car is protected by a 12-year anti-corrosion package.

Summary

As with the regular Tiguan model, there's hardly anything not to like unless you expect this all-space derivative to be one of the most affordable options in the segment. For example, for the price of a five-seater Audi Q5 or a Mercedes GLC, you can get a family SUV with this seven-seater Volkswagen with almost the same brand quality but with much more versatility. What's Not to Like All the proven Tiguan virtues remain: high residual values, impressive efficiency and solid workmanship. And like this model, there's an extra dose of sparkle in everything it does, so you're just as comfortable opening the bedroom window as you are behind the wheel.

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