When the new Volkswagen Tiguan arrived in Ireland during 2016, I have to admit to being impressed by the car. I have a young family, and a car like this suits my needs. Volkswagen made all of the right changes when they replaced the last model, and it resulted in a very versatile machine. The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is an extended version of the car we already know. It’s got room for more seats – which means it offers even more versatility.
Volkswagen were inevitably going to make a seven-seat version of this car. I’ve been saying it for a few years now, with Skoda offering such well-priced space and comfort, VW could be slightly shooting themselves in the foot. Once I took my first spin in the Skoda Kodiaq, I knew that Volkswagen had no choice but to offer a seven-seat Tiguan. The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is a worthy opponent to Skoda’s brilliant Kodiaq.
With that said though, for some reason, I’d be more likely to opt for a Kodiaq. However, Volkswagen as a brand have no problem holding their own against their cousin brands, and I’m certain that there are customers out there who would easily take the Tiguan Allspace over the seven-seat Skoda.
The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace’s back two seats are for kids only in my opinion. I squeezed in there and pushed the middle row forward on its rails as far as I could, and with my large physique, I quickly realised that I probably wouldn’t last longer than five minutes in there. My dodgy knees wouldn’t be able to survive the lack of space. With that said, my kids actually opted for the third row for the entire time that I had the car. So – they were more than happy. With those third row seats down, there’s a massive amount of boot space for luggage and shopping. If you need even more space, folding row two flat is an easy task.
Row two in the Allspace is what I’d describe as pretty-much perfect. Because it’s on rails, there is zero space issues, and I reckon that you could get three booster seats in there at a push. The front row is typically Volkswagen with the added bonus of Volkswagen’s latest infotainment system. The one and only downside to the new system is that it’s very easy to smudge the glass cover of the touch screen – even when your hands are spotlessly clean!
The exterior of the Tiguan Allspace is unmistakably a Tiguan, however, Volkswagen have somehow made the Allspace bulkier. In my view, this car is beginning to look a bit like the Audi Q5. The bonnet looks taller, bigger and slightly more aggressive. The other thing is that this car is longer – by 215mm – which means the rear of the car looks slightly different too. I actually prefer the bulkier look of this car in comparison to the smaller Tiguan. As I said in my Volvo XC40 review, smaller SUVs are being overdone at the moment, so seeing a bigger one is good in my books.
My test model was the Volkswagen Allspace 2.0TDI 4Motion version offering 150hp. This is a neat engine that does not feel underpowered. On the road the car is a lover of motorway miles. In cities and towns, it’s certainly good for the school run or the weekly shop. Considering the bulk of this vehicle, it doesn’t roll awfully in corners – of course, if you’re considering taking this to do laps in Mondello, I’m sure you’ll notice a lot more roll than you would on a school run. Diesel options are also available with a very smooth DSG automatic gearbox – this I like. Another bonus in my test car was that this has Volkswagen’s 4Motion 4×4 technologies, which considering the recent snow showers, will be a welcome offering – especially to people living in hilly areas.
The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is available from €34,825 if you opt for an entry level 1.4TSI petrol engine – this might be a good choice for those of you who want the space and the badge, but don’t intend on doing massive mileage. I’m yet to drive the 1.4 engine, but on paper it offer 150hp and I imagine it will be well-suited to some. Entry level pricing for a diesel version comes in at €37,125. My test model, the Highline Allspace is a lot more expensive – because with it you get better equipment like 18″ Kingston alloy wheels, heated seats, more chrome, the “Discover Media” navigation system and plenty of other items. My car also had the optional metallic paint, head-up display, panoramic sunroof and “side assist”. All of these goodies means that my test car came in at €50,252. Now, price is where this car falls down against the Skoda Kodiaq. Yep, the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace has a more prestigious badge, high quality materials and a good look – however, the Skodiaq comes in at a better price, has some excellent materials within, and I’ll dare say it’s even a slightly more attractive proposition.