VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN ALLSPACE ESTATE 1.5 TSI SEL 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2176 g/km

Volkswagen's improved Tiguan Allspace 7-seat SUV gets revised design, extra control and assist systems and new premium features. And, of course, it's still as practical as ever. Could it be all the car you'll ever really need? Potential buyers will probably see this car in just that way.

CONQUEST OF SPACE

Volkswagen's 7-seat Tiguan Allspace gets an upgrade. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's improved Tiguan Allspace 7-seat SUV gets revised design, extra control and assist systems and new premium features. And, of course, it's still as practical as ever. Could it be all the car you'll ever really need? Potential buyers will probably see this car in just that way.

Background

Increasingly, it's no longer enough to just offer a single mid-sized five-seat SUV. The market's now demanding that mainstream makers also provide variants of such models that are lengthened enough to be able to incorporate a third seating row. Volkswagen couldn't ignore this trend - and didn't, bringing us this bigger 'Allspace' Tiguan derivative in 2017, then updated four years on to create the car we're going to look at here. It's not much larger than the standard version; 215mm of extra length has been added, with the wheelbase extended by 109mm. Still, as we'll see, it's enough to make quite a difference to the way you can potentially use this car.

Driving Experience

You wouldn't expect the changes made to this slightly lengthened Allspace model to have much effect on drive dynamics - nor have they. If anything, the stretched wheelbase has had a positive effect on this model's roadgoing demeanour, the extra weight and longer stance helping the suspension smooth over bumps through higher speed corners. Ride quality is an established strength of the ordinary Tiguan and remains an attribute here, aided immeasurably by the hi-tech MQB platform that sits beneath the bodywork. There are no changes to the engineering of this Allspace model over the ordinary Tiguan and Volkswagen has also worked hard to ensure that this variant's extra 215mm of body length doesn't upset that car's reassuring handling balance. At the foot of the engine range is a 150PS 1.5-litre TSI EVO unit with 'Cylinder-on-Demand' technology and 2WD. Most buyers of this car though, will probably want the alternative 2.0 TDI diesel, which now gets more efficient twin-dosing selective catalytic reduction system. Many likely customers will want this car fitted with the 2.0 TDI 150PS unit, which can be ordered with with front wheel drive or (with a DSG auto 'box fitted) with 4MOTION 4WD. If you go for the pokier 200PS 2.0 TDI powerplant, you have to have 4MOTION and the DSG auto. The 4MOTION and DSG systems are also mandatory if you choose the top 2.0 TSI petrol engine, available with either 190 or 245PS. The fifth-generation four-wheel-drive 4MOTION system provides a faster apportioning of power to all four wheels via a process that provides pre-activation of the rear clutch and improved operation of the electronic differentials. In recent times, nearly three-quarters of Tiguan buyers in the UK have shown a preference for AWD. In 4x4 form, the car has 200mm of ground clearance, 11mm more than it would have in 2WD guise.

Design and Build

As before, this is basically a long wheelbase version of the standard Tiguan. The main change with this revised Tiguan Allspace is a redesigned front featuring an independent radiator grille and elegant signature lighting which can now include the brand's latest IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights. A further new feature is the "sweeping" indicator function of the LED turn signals. On either side of the redesigned Volkswagen logo, an illuminated strip in the radiator grille adds a more striking visual note. These front changes have added 22mm to the overall length. Inside, as with the updated MK2 Tiguan, there's a new centre-dash infotainment system with an integrated eSIM. Plus a digitalised climate module with slider controls. there's increrased availability of the Digital Cockpit Pro indstrument binnacle screen. And the option of a new Harmon/Kardon audio system upgrade. Otherwise, things are much as before. This Allspace model's extra 60mm of overall length over a standard Tiguan makes possible the fitment of a third seating row. As with rivals, these additional pews are really only really intended for children, but they're no more cramped than those you'll find in obvious direct rivals like Skoda's Kodiaq or Nissan's X-Trail. You'll need to use the middle row's standard liding mechanism and push the centre bench right forward if lanky adults are to be accommodated at the very back. This Tiguan's added length also boosts boot space. With the rearmost seats in place, boot capacity is 230-litres; with the two seats stowed away into the boot floor, capacity rises 85 litres-from the five-seat version to a total of 700-litres. Drop the second row as well and capacity reaches 1775-litres. These will be satisfyingly spacious numbers for potential family buyers, even if they can't quite match the figures of the competing Volkswagen Group models this car shares its engineering with, that Skoda Kodiaq and the SEAT Tarraco.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £32,000 at rates that represent a premium of around £3,500 over an ordinary Tiguan. Most buyers will focus on the 150PS version of Volkswagen's familiar 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, priced from around £34,500 - or around £36,000 with DSG auto transmission. If you want 4MOTION 4WD with the 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG variant, then an extra £2,000 will secure it. As for trim levels, there's a choice of 'Life', 'Elegance' and 'R-Line' options, with prices up to around £43,000. All models come with alloy wheels, 'Climatic' semi-automatic air conditioning, a trip computer, all-round electric windows, an alarm, power heated door mirrors and a 'Composition Media' infotainment system. Safety kit includes a clever 'Automatic Post-Collision Braking System' that automatically brakes the car down to 6mph after a collision - so if, say, someone hits you and, understandably, you go to pieces, the car will automatically sort itself out. There's also a 'Front Assist' system that at speed, scans the road ahead as you drive for potential accident hazards, warning you if one is detected and automatically braking if necessary. You get that same kind of functionality at urban speeds too, as part of a 'City Emergency Braking' system included as part of the 'Front Assist' package.

Cost of Ownership

Expect the 2.0 TDI 150PS 2WD manual variant many will want to deliver up to 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 140g/km of CO2. That falls to a best of 45.6mpg and 163g/km for the 4MOTION DSG auto version of this variant. For the 2.0 TDI 200 4MOTION auto, it's up to 40.9mpg and 180g/km. Go for the 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol option and the figures are up to 41.5mpg and up to 154g/km with manual transmission. Overall, though the upfront sticker price isn't cheap, whichever variant you choose, you'll probably be better off choosing this Volkswagen than a cheaper South Korean alternative when you factor in depreciation and whole life costs. And warranties? Well the standard package is three years and 60,000 miles. If you plan to see a bit more of the world in your Tiguan, there's a five year / 90,000 mile package. Whatever your decision, your car will come with three years of pan-European Roadside Assistance that has no mileage restriction. The paintwork warranty lasts for three years and, as you'd expect, this car is protected by a 12-year anti-corrosion package.

Summary

As with the ordinary Tiguan model, providing you don't expect this Allspace derivative to be among the cheaper choices in this segment, then there's very little not to like here. For the cost of, say, a five-seat Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLC, you can get yourself, in this seven-seat Volkswagen, a family SUV with almost equal badge equity but quite a lot more versatility. What's not to like? All the established Tiguan virtues remain - high residuals, impressive efficiency and strong build quality. And as ever with this model, there's an extra dash of polish in everything it does that'll make you feel as good when you open the bedroom window as you will when you're at the wheel.

  • Heated rear window
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted

  • Front ventilated disc brakes and rear disc brakes
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • ESC with EDL, ASR, EDTC and trailer stabilisation function
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill hold control
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake assist

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Bluetooth phone integration system
  • Car-Net App-Connect

  • Lane assist
  • Front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitor, city emergency braking + predictive pedestrian protection
  • Driver alert system with fatigue detection
  • Speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control

  • Keyless entry/keyless start and full electric tailgate operation
  • Start/Stop function

  • Warning sound and light for doors and tailgate open
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Active information display
  • Car information display
  • 2D/3D map view
  • Outside temperature display
  • Lights on warning
  • Service interval indicator
  • Instrument cluster

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming interior mirror
  • Electrically heated and foldable door mirrors, door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb view adjustment on passenger's door mirror

  • Piano black decorative inserts in centre console
  • Dark grey decorative inserts in dash and door panel
  • Chrome door trim inserts
  • Piano black interior trim

  • Battery regeneration during braking

  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility
  • Three route options - Fast, Short, Eco
  • Dynamic navigation based on TMC+
  • Simultaneous pairing of 2 compatible mobile devices
  • Title and cover art display
  • SD card slot
  • Music playback - MP3, WMA and AAC files
  • SMS functionality - read, compose and send SMS messages using touch-screen display
  • USB connection,USB charging socket and volkswagen media control
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Electric panoramic sunroof with sunblind
  • Chrome trimmed radiator grille
  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Black grained lower door protectors with chrome inserts
  • Front air intake with chrome strip
  • Chrome side body trim
  • Silver anodised roof rails
  • Left and right chrome effect trapezoid dummy exhaust tailpipe surrounds

  • 3D effect cherry red LED rear tail lights
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • LED headlights with dynamic light assist daytime running lights and cornering front fog lights
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Automatic activation of hazard warning lights
  • Dusk sensor + auto driving lights

  • 3 zone climate control

  • Load through provision with 2 cupholders when folded
  • Driver and front passenger under seat drawer
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Illuminated scuff plates
  • Bag hook in luggage compartment
  • Luggage compartment side storage
  • Front seatback folding tables
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Lockable cooled glovebox
  • Removable luggage cover
  • Storage tray on dashboard
  • Sunglasses storage
  • Rear cupholders
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable
  • 4 load lashing points
  • 12V socket in centre console storage area
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment, longitudinal and height adjustable and two rear air vents
  • Storage compartment in drivers and front passengers door
  • 12V socket on rear of front centre armrest
  • 2 cup holders in front

  • Instrument lighting white adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light with delay
  • Luggage compartment lighting

  • Ambient lighting pack - Tiguan Allspace

  • Warning sound and light for front seat belts if unfastened
  • Driver/Passenger whiplash optimised head restraints
  • Active pedestrian safety system
  • Front side airbags
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • Two tone horn
  • First aid kit
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • Warning triangle
  • Rear side airbags
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Head airbag system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Pre crash system
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Passenger knee airbag
  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Active bonnet

  • Foldable front passenger seat backrest
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • 2 head restraints in 3rd row
  • 3 head restraints in 2nd row
  • Sliding/reclining rear seats
  • Passenger seat height adjuster
  • 2 individual 3rd row seats
  • 3 single seats foldable in 2nd row
  • Split folding rear bench seat

  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys
  • Alarm with interior protection

  • Illuminated driver/passenger vanity mirrors

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 138
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 179
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 176

  • Engine Code: DADA
  • CC: 1498
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 35.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.9

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 17E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Coin Series: SEL
  • Coin Description: TSI

  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.5
  • Top Speed: 123
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 235/50 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: VICTORIA
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY

  • Height (including roof rails): 1674
  • Length: 4701
  • Width: 1839
  • Wheelbase: 2787

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1655
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2350
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 58
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 695
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 700
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.9

  • Sports suspension: £170
  • Dynamic chassis control: £860

  • Side scan blind spot detection: £415
  • Trailer assist steering including park assist with rear view camera: £855
  • Area view with park assist steering and front and rear parking sensors: £870
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering: Included
  • Progressive power assisted steering: £205
  • Front and rear parking sensors: Included

  • Head up Display: £555
  • Discover navigation system with 8.0" colour screen, radio/CD player, European map data: Included
  • Discover DVD nav pro with 9.2" touch screen, gesture control, radio, European map data, 64GB hard drive, voice control, car-net guide and inform plus: £1,510

  • 4 X 20 watt output: Included

  • Front underbody guard: £285
  • Signature premium paint: £1,040
  • Pearlescent paint: £625
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £625
  • Silver front underbody protection: Included

  • Vienna leather upholstery - 12 way elec adj driver seat with lumbar support + heated front seats + passenger manual lumbar support: £1,610
  • Lounge cloth with Art Velours microfleece upholstery: Included
  • Net partition: £230
  • Leather trimmed three spoke multifunction steering wheel and gear knob with paddle shift: Included
  • 3 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel including paddle shift: £195

  • Winter pack with heated outer rear seats - Tiguan Allspace: £425
  • Winter pack with (in conjuction with leather upholstery) heated outer rear seats - Tiguan / Tiguan Allspace: £425
  • Winter pack - Tiguan/Tiguan Allspace: Included
  • Smoking pack - Tiguan: £55
  • Dynaudio Excite soundpack - Tiguan Allspace: £615

  • Metallic - Platinum grey: £625
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £625
  • Metallic - Ruby red: £625
  • Metallic - Pyrite Silver: £625
  • Metallic - Blue silk: £625

  • Pearl - Deep black: £625

  • Solid - Pure white: £0

  • Signature premium - Habanero Orange: £1,040

  • Tyre pressure loss indicator: Included
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system: £150
  • Emergency assist driver intervention system: £415

  • 14 way adjustable ergoComfort drivers seat including electric lumbar support with Comfort front passenger seat and massage function: Included

  • Swivelling towbar with 13 pin electrical kit: £740

  • Lounge cloth - Titan black with Art Velours microfleece: £0

  • Vienna leather - Saffrano orange + 12 way elec adj driver seat with lumbar support + heated front seats + passenger manual lumbar support: £1,610
  • Vienna leather - Storm grey + 12 way elec adj driver seat with lumbar support + heated front seats + passenger manual lumbar support: £1,610
  • Vienna leather - Titan black + 12 way elec adj driver seat with lumbar support + heated front seats + passenger manual lumbar support: £1,610

  • 20" Miramar grey metallic alloy wheels with mobility self sealing tyres + anti theft wheel bolts: £870
  • 19" Victoria alloy wheels with mobility self sealing tyres + anti theft wheel bolts: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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