Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2021 Review
One of the more recent models that Volkswagen developed for the market (and is surprisingly present in Malaysia) is the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace – essentially a stretched, seven seater version of the second generation Volkswagen Tiguan that we all know and love.
Historically, the Tiguan was one of Volkswagen’s first crossover SUV models, being developed on a modified version of the Golf platform. This saw massive success in many markets around the world, including our own – and it was introduced here with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, eventually being provided with a 1.4-litre TSI powerplant with its facelift variant.
With the second generation Tiguan, Malaysians were limited to just the 1.4-litre TSI variants in a variety of trim levels. Just last year, the Allspace variant of the Tiguan was introduced with two different variants on offer and two different engines as well. The model went through a mild facelift in the first quarter of this year, in line with global changes and the update to the regular five-seater Tiguan.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2021 Specifications
There are two engine options that you can have with your Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. The entry level Highline model gets the 1.4 TSI powerplant, a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine making 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. This powerplant should be familiar to fans of Volkswagen’s products, being available in other models like the Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Jetta.
Much like the regular Tiguan, this engine is mated with a six-speed wet-clutch DSG transmission – a dual-clutch type automatic transmission. For the Highline, power is delivered exclusively to the front wheels which is pretty par for the course when it comes to your modern crossover SUV.
The top-spec variant is the R-Line, which comes with the more potent 2.0 TSI – a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that hails from the same engine family as ones found in the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R. In this state of tune it makes 220 PS and 350 Nm of torque, which is more than what the Passat and Arteon currently make.
Perhaps the reason for this is the fact that it comes with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system which naturally has more parasitic losses and rolling resistance. Between the engine and the wheels is a seven-speed wet-clutch DSG, similar in design to the Mk 7.5 Golf R. With this in mind, the R-Line variant of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is easily the most powerful option in class.
As you can imagine, the dimensions of the Tiguan Allspace are a little larger than that of the Tiguan in order to accommodate that third row of seats. The wheelbase is a hefty 2,791 mm, which is 110 mm longer than the regular Tiguan. The length also grows by around 230 mm to 4,712 mm, while the width remains the same at 1,839 mm.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2021 Exterior
It’s the looks that you’re familiar with when it comes to a Volkswagen product, applied to a body that’s obviously designed for people hauling. The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is what you would imagine a stretched Tiguan to look like – perhaps a little awkward from certain angles, but handsome and muscular in all the right ways. Both variants are available in a range of five colours: Silk Blue, Pure White, Pyrite Silver, Platinium Grey, and Deep Black.
In terms of wheel choices, the Highline 1.4 TSI variant gets 18-inch alloys in the Kingston design, wrapped in 235/55 R18 tyres. The higher spec R-Line 2.0 TSI 4MOTION gets 19-inch alloys in the Sebring design, with 255/45 R19 tyres wrapping around each wheel. Both models get full LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and LED tail lights – with R-line getting the 3D effect. The R-Line model also looks sportier with the additional R-Line bodykit that sharpens up the lines.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2021 Interior
Given that the width doesn’t change a great deal between the Volkswagen Tiguan and its Allspace sibling, you can’t expect radical changes on the inside. The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace looks and feels pretty much the same on the inside as a regular Tiguan, in terms of the way the dashboard and centre console is laid out. The only more obvious change is for third row passengers where it can be a little cramped, though entry and egress through a folding second row is made easier than you would expect.
Between the two variants, the more notable changes are in the material – slightly different leather options – as well as items like the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit that replaces the instrument cluster with a large LCD screen in the R-Line variant. The head unit also changes between the two models, being an eight-inch touch screen unit for the Highline and a 9.2-inch unit for the R-Line.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2021 Safety Features
While the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is a relatively new model in the Volkswagen range, it is derived from a car that has effectively been around since the mid 2010s which means it suffers from the issue of not being packaged with advanced driver assistance systems like autonomous emergency braking. Both variants get the simpler items like ABS with EBD and brake assist, electronic stability control, anti slip regulation (traction control), and so on.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2021 Strengths & Weakness
It’s not exactly difficult to see who the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is aimed at. Those who have grown up and fallen in love with the Volkswagen brand will see the appeal in this seven-seater if they have the need for that seating capacity but don’t want an outright MPV – whether that doesn’t quite fit their lifestyle or for image reasons.
The real strengths of the Tiguan Allspace are in its packaging and design – the build quality that Volkswagen is known for – and the way they drive and feel. For such a large vehicle, the Tiguan Allspace is surprisingly light on its feet handling quick directional changes without protest. The 1.4 TSI variant feels more nimble with its lighter front end, while the 2.0 TSI variant has that all-wheel drive system for superior traction at corner exit or in less than sticky road conditions.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2021 Price
Getting into Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace ownership starts at RM 165,030.75 for the Highline 1.4 TSI variant, inclusive of all exemptions and everything you need to get the car on the road short of insurance. The R-Line 2.0 TSI 4MOTION brings this price up to RM 209,537.39, with those same exemptions and fees in place. Both prices are inclusive of three years of free maintenance, a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, and five years of roadside assistance.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2021 Features
With the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, the amenities are as you would expect – keyless entry and start, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, three-zone climate control, and an electric tailgate all help add a level of convenience that is fit for family usage. An eight-speaker sound system and ambient lighting are additional luxuries that don’t go unwelcome – the Highline gets an electric driver seat, while the R-Line throws in an electric passenger seat on top of this.
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2021 Fuel Consumption
Fuel consumption for the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace changes depending on the variant. The Highline 1.4 TSI variant manages to return 7.3 litres per 100 kilometres, or 13.7 kilometres per litre. The R-Line 2.0 TSI variant consumes a bit more fuel at 8.7 litres per 100 kilometres, or 11.5 kilometres per litre. Both of these figures should be taken with a pinch of salt as these are turbocharged engines, and running them harder will consume significantly more fuel than if you keep them on a simmer at a cruise.
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- Body Type: SUV
- Transmission: Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 1395 cc - 1984 cc
- Fuel Type: petrol
- Seat Capacity: 7
- Price: RM 165,030 - RM 209,637
21 Sep 2020
First Drive: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace R-Line
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User Review of Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace