Volk­swa­gen Tiguan Allspace R-line

The lat­est in­car­na­tion of the Tiguan – the Allspace – gains two more seats for a to­tal of seven, or a truck­load of space in ad­di­tion to an im­pres­sive ar­ray of high tech good­ies and gad­gets. Sean Will­mot suggests it’s well worth look­ing at if ver­sa­til­ity,

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While it may look the same as the five-seater Tiguan R-line, the new seven-seat Allspace shares the same bodykit for the most part, the only re­ally no­tice­able dif­fer­ence is at the back. And not even re­ally from the out­side. No, where you re­ally no­tice the dif­fer­ence is in the sec­ond row and the boot. With a 110mm longer wheel­base, the Tiguan Allspace is 215mm longer over­all than the five-seater, mean­ing that 105mm ex­tra hangs out be­hind the rear axle and 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. 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 hi-spec leather seats (heated in the front) and, of course, loads of new tech in gen­eral. This R-line ver­sion of the Allspace is re­mark­ably well equipped ve­hi­cle, with 20inch al­loy wheels, adap­tive cruise con­trol, rear pri­vacy glass, am­bi­ent in­te­rior light­ing, a hands­free open­ing tail­gate, leather up­hol­stery, heated elec­tri­cally ad­justable front seats, LED head­lights and day­time run­ning lights, power ad­justable, heated and fold­ing ex­te­rior mir­rors, park­ing sen­sors and a park as­sist sys­tem, a 360 de­gree cam­era, triple zone cli­mate con­trol, key­less en­try and start, an 9.2-inch touch­screen infotainment sys­tem with phone mir­ror­ing and satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, a tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem, driver fa­tigue mon­i­tor­ing, pedes­trian mon­i­tor­ing, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency city brak­ing, lane as­sist, rear traf­fic alert and hill des­cent con­trol. Un­der the bon­net, the Allspace R-line gets the same 162kw/350nm 2.0-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine as the five-seater ver­sion, and de­spite the Allspace be­ing 50kg heav­ier, the power avail­abil­ity and de­liv­ery suggests the en­gine was made for the larger ver­sion. The seven-speed DSG trans­mis­sion is slick un­der power, while VW’S 4mo­tion AWD sys­tem is ev­ery bit as good here as it is in the five-seat Tiguan, al­low­ing Allspace own­ers to go a lit­tle fur­ther afield with­out com­pro­mis­ing com­fort and lux­ury. On the road, the Allspace is con­fi­dent, be­nign and ex­tremely well com­posed through cor­ners, with nicely ac­cu­rate steer­ing. It deftly han­dles any­thing you throw at it with­out drama. Equally at home in the city, de­spite its use­fully stretched body, as it is on the open road, the Allspace pro­vides a thor­oughly re­lax­ing and en­gag­ing drive ex­pe­ri­ence, re­gard­less of ter­rain. New Zealand’s coarse chip roads are not for­giv­ing of ve­hi­cles with a ten­dency to exhibit road noise and hap­pily, the Allspace doesn’t fall into this cat­e­gory. Qui­etly re­fined on the rough stuff and as silky as liq­uid choco­late on our smother sur­faced as­phalt. High qual­ity, very well equipped, ef­fi­cient and eco­nom­i­cal, the Tiguan Allspace R-line is a thor­oughly con­vinc­ing pack­age, with the ad­di­tional bonus of hav­ing the ad­di­tional pas­sen­ger or cargo car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of a gen­uine seven-seater.

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