VW Tiguan Allspace High­line

Seven seats make the new Tiguan some­thing spe­cial, says Damien O’car­roll

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While it may look the same as the five-seater Tiguan, the new seven-seat Allspace is ac­tu­ally rather dif­fer­ent. Ca­sual ob­servers might dis­agree, be­cause the dif­fer­ence is mainly ap­pre­cia­ble from the back and re­ally mostly from the in­side. Where you re­ally no­tice the dif­fer­ence is in the sec­ond row and the boot. Well, in the third row too, be­cause that wasn’t even there be­fore. With a 110mm longer wheel­base, the Tiguan Allspace is 215mm longer over­all than the five-seater, mean­ing 105mm ex­tra hangs out be­hind the rear axle and that means the Allspace has a thor­oughly mas­sive boot – 1,775 litres with the two rear rows of seats down, and 700 litres with the sec­ond row up. This doesn’t ac­tu­ally trans­late into a par­tic­u­larly roomy third row, how­ever, which is still very much “oc­ca­sional” (ap­par­ently VW’S re­search found that most cus­tomers val­ued the ex­tra space over the third row any­way), but the sec­ond row ben­e­fits with an ex­tra 54mm of knee room, which is no­tice­able and wel­come. In­side, the Tiguan Allspace is high qual­ity and well laid out, with lots of clever lit­tle touches (like the spring-loaded cup hold­ers), some bril­liantly com­fort­able seats and, of course, loads of new tech. High qual­ity, very well equipped and ef­fi­cient and eco­nom­i­cal, the Tiguan Allspace High­line is a thor­oughly con­vinc­ing pack­age that does pretty much ev­ery­thing right and noth­ing par­tic­u­larly wrong. While it isn’t the most ex­cit­ing thing on the road, and faces some pretty stiff in­house com­pe­ti­tion in the form of the Skoda Ko­diaq, it is cer­tainly a ve­hi­cle that of­fers im­pres­sive space and ver­sa­til­ity on top of the con­vinc­ing pack­age.

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