TIGUAN WITH SPACE FOR SEVEN
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.