Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - NEWS -

The Tiguan is one of those an­noy­ingly per­fect ve­hi­cles. Af­ter we first drove it two years ago, we were 100% sure it would walk all over the competitors for the South African Car of the Year crown but it seems it wasn’t good enough to beat the XC90.

Now VW has gone and made it even bet­ter by in­clud­ing a third row of seats, tak­ing the num­ber of pas­sen­gers it can carry to seven.

Thanks to the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace be­ing de­signed side-by-side, there’s very lit­tle dif­fer­ence be­tween them. The eas­i­est way to spot the dif­fer­ence is with the rear doors, which are slightly longer.

The Allspace is 110mm longer than the stan­dard ve­hi­cle, which in­creases boot space by an ad­di­tional 115 litres. Rear pas­sen­gers also score an ad­di­tional 60mm of legroom. Thanks to its great flex­i­bil­ity, the new Allspace can be used in many var­ied ways. There’s 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. The cargo space length is then 1 921mm, which is long enough to ac­com­mo­date a surf­board.

Three trim lev­els are avail­able: Trend­line, Com­fort­line and High­line. The Allspace also comes with ad­di­tional stan­dard kit over and above the stan­dard Tiguan to fur­ther high­light the space it oc­cu­pies be­tween the stan­dard wheel­base ve­hi­cle and the up­com­ing flag­ship Touareg.

Three petrol and one diesel en­gines are on of­fer. The petrol engine of­fer­ings in­clude mod­els with out­puts of 110kW (only avail­able in front-wheel drive), 132kW and a GTI-ri­valling 162kW.

TSI petrol en­gines are fit­ted with Blue­Mo­tion Tech­nol­ogy which in­clude a Start/ Stop and brake en­ergy re­cu­per­a­tion system to en­hance fuel econ­omy. The 2.0-litre TDI pro­duces 110kW and 340Nm of torque. All-wheel drive in­clud­ing 4Mo­tion with driv­ing pro­file se­lec­tor is avail­able on the Com­fort­line and High­line mod­els.

We find the162kW/350Nm petrol to be the most in­ter­est­ing of the bunch. Thanks to all-wheel drive, it can ap­par­ently sprint to 100km/h in 6.8 sec­onds and reach a top-speed of 223km/h.

The new Tiguan Allspace comes stan­dard with a five-year/90 000km ser­vice plan, three-year/ 120 000km war­ranty, 12year anti-cor­ro­sion war­ranty and space saver spare wheel. Ser­vice in­ter­vals are pegged at 15 000km.

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