Mid-sized SUV with seven seats

Glamorgan Gazette - - Motors Wales - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

THE Volk­swa­gen Tiguan SUV was al­ways a great fam­ily car but the seven-seat Allspace takes it into an­other league.

The ex­tra two seats fold up out of what is oth­er­wise a com­pletely flat floor in the boot to give the in­creased ca­pac­ity and the body is longer than that of the stan­dard Tiguan.

Those rear­most seats are only big enough for fairly small chil­dren, but most fam­i­lies who need a six or seven seater have younger chil­dren they need to ferry around on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and they want to sit in the back.

The Allspace feels mar­vel­lous on the road with very ac­com­plished and safe han­dling as well as tena­cious road hold­ing and ex­cel­lent grip. It also has much less roll than I ex­pected.

All this is helped tremen­dously by the mar­vel­lous VW power steer­ing, which for me is one of the most in­for­ma­tive and tac­tile sys­tems in the world.

The ride is slightly lumpy on rough sur­faces in town, and oddly for a high rid­ing SUV, it doesn’t like speed humps very much, but out on the open road it’s very com­fort­able, even though most poor sur­faces are felt by the oc­cu­pants to a greater or lesser ex­tent.

There’s a lovely feel to the whole car, which gives the im­pres­sion of be­ing solid and chunky even on the in­side.

This car was pow­ered by the very good VW 1.4 petrol turbo, which has al­ready been re­placed by the lat­est 1.5 in some mod­els.

Power out­put is the same in both and so per­for­mance – with 150bhp on tap – is very good.

This was the front-wheel-drive ver­sion that most own­ers would be quite happy with, but if you need it, four-wheel drive is avail­able on most mod­els for ex­tra cash.

The clutch is light, the gearchange a dream and the brakes are su­perb – as they are in all new cars these days.

Econ­omy in real driv­ing is 33-36 miles per gal­lon with a gen­tle right foot, but if you’re press­ing on this will drop to mid-20s.

This two-wheel-drive ver­sion is an SUV for the road – like so many oth­ers – but would still make an ex­cel­lent tow­car for a car­a­van or trailer.

VW Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSi SE Nav

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