- Tiguan Allspace seven-seater closes model gap
- Third row of two seats on 21.5cm extra length
- New 132kW TSI engine added to the range
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – VW has added a slightly stretched seven-seater to its Tiguan SUV choice and is calling it ”a true space giant”.
It will be available in road and off-road versions: the off-road package includes underbody protection and the SUV’s ramp (gradient approach) angle has been increased by seven degrees.
The Allspace said also to have set itself apart from the its shorter sisters with an expanded range of standard equipment and some cosmetic bodywork changes: a slightly altered bonnet and grille (though VW SA describes this in its media release as ”easily recognisable”.
The change includes a number of chromed trim strips, ”some of which extend into the headlights”. The upper strip stretches across the entire front end. Out of sight on every Tiguan Allspace is granite-grey underbody protection.
The roof has ”striking” structural lines instead of a smooth roof surface which, VW says, ”pay homage to classic SUVs”.
Changes to the end of the body. The Tiguan Allspace boasts an exclusive silhouette that begins at the rear door handle. The side window in the D pillar is much larger than in the standard Tiguan; the lower line rises towards the top. The rear section is also longer than the rear of the smaller models.
All Tiguan models ride on 17” rims but the Allspace rear side doors are wider. A ”defining line” is said to accentuate the side window design behind behind the C-pillar.
STRETCH OUT FOR A KIP
Folding the third row level with the cargo floor (see picture) will to enlarge the standard 230 litre volume to 700 litres. But that pales to the space available with the middle row folded to give a total of 1775 litres of boot space long enough to accept a surfboard – almost two metres.
Also handy for an overnight kip on a long trip.
VW’s App Connect accepts Android Auto or Apple CarPlayT to link all common smartphone types to the vehicle’s infotainment systems is another option.
The Tiguan can be order with an active information display and a head-up display on a glass panel ahead of the steering wheel. Three systems are available: the Trendline and Comfortline models have a Composition Colour system but a Composition Media system is available (standard in the Highline).
Also offered is a Discover Pro satnav.
For full information on this display models please refer to a VW dealer (ask for a demo and test drive while you’re there).
ALL THREE VERSIONS
The Allspace will be available in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline’.
Tiguan Allspace Trendline. Available with a 1.4 TSI 110kW engine and the diode daytime running lights, auto-dimming mirror, screen wipers and high-beam, dark glass on rear and side windows.
Tiguan Allspace Comfortline: Available with 2.0 TSI 132kW 4MOTION or 2.0 TDI 110kW 4MOTION variation. Additional features include power tail door, diode headlight and cornering lights, gradient descent control.
Tiguan Allspace Highline: Exclusively configured with a 2.0 TSI 162kW and AWD. It adds to the Comfortline with keyless access (locking and starting), Easy Open sensor-controlled tail door opener, App-Connect and Voice Control
…AND THE ENGINES
Diesel engine: The 110kW 2.0 is the only oil-burner. a four-cylinder capable of 340Nm of torque from 1750-3000rpm and 6.6 litres/100km. It spins a seven-speed transmission.
Petrol engines: TSI engines have BlueMotion Technology which includes a start/stop and brake energy recuperation system to enhance fuel economy.
The 110kW 1.4 TSI is the base engine of the petrol range. It has 250Nm of torque from 1500-3500rpm and (should such be important to you) can reach 100km/h in 9.5sec and 200km/h. Combined fuel consumption provided you don’t do the aforementioned, is claimed as 6.5 litres/100km. It’s hooked to a six-speed DSG transmission.
New for the Tiguan is a four-cylinder, 132kW, 2.0 TSI good for 320Nm from 1500-3940rpm and (yawn) 0-100 in 8.2sec and 208km/h while burning a claimed 7.7 litres/100km through a seven-speed DSG transmission.
Most powerful is the162kW 2.0 TSI making 350Nm from 1500rpm. Oh yeah and 0-100km/h in 6.8sec and 223km/h thorugh a seven-speed DSG. VW claims 8.1 litres/100km.
The Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI is available only with front-wheel drive. All other Tiguan Allspace models have 4MOTION as standard and operated by a control on the centre console.
If you want to see how it works, take a test drive but it will pretty much take the SUV where you point it.
The off-road package will add an engine underbody guard, body-colour off-road front bumper, black sills and bumper bottom section and aluminium door tread plates.
The R-Line package lowers the suspension and the shell has unique body-colour bumpers front and rear, gloss black air intakes and body-colour skirts. It rides on 19” alloy rims (Comfortline) or 20” alloys (Highline) An R-Line black roof-liner is fitted.
Cruise control, emergency braking, and a trailer kid with a rear camera an options for all models.
AND SO TO THE PRICES…
2018 Tiguan Allspace SA prices (inc. taxes)
1.4 TSI 110kW Trendline DSG – R463 400
2.0 TSI 132kW Comfortline 4MOTION DSG – R523 800
2.0 TDI 110kW Comfortline 4MOTION DSG – R571 100
2.0 TSI 162kW Highline 4MOTION DSG – R604 800
These Tiguana are sold with a five-year or 90 000km service plan, three-year or 120 000km warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and a baby spare wheel. (We suggest you leave that at home for long trips and off-roading and take a proper-sized steel spare – or specify the growed-up version.)
Service intervals 15 000km.