New Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace SUV

From £29,375

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Gearbox

Automatic or Manual

Seats

7

Doors

5

Boot size

230 litres

The Auto Trader verdict
★★★★★
★★★★★
4.0
The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace does pretty much everything a good family SUV should. It’s stylish, high in quality, massively practical, and easy and relaxing to drive. Prices and specs are yet to be finalised, but they’ll need to be very competitive if the Allspace is going to match the appeal of the Skoda Kodiaq, which has similar attributes in similar quantities, but with impressive affordability thrown in.

Pros

  • Really spacious and practical
  • Classy cabin with lots of tech
  • Pleasant and easy to drive

Cons

  • Unknown pricing, which will be critical
  • Not the most economical SUV choice
  • Reliability record a slight concern

Full review

By Ivan Aistrop   Friday 13 October 2017

How good does it look?
★★★★★
★★★★★
4/5

Volkswagen is not a company famed for its radical design. The Tiguan’s styling certainly displays the firm’s usual fondness for conservatism, but it’s a fraction more outlandish than other VW models. With headlight clusters that feature strip-style lighting, a chunky-looking grille, beefy bumpers and plenty of character lines, there’s lots of interesting stuff to look at. The fact the Allspace is significantly bigger than the regular Tiguan also helps give it a shade more on-road presence.

Like with the regular Tiguan, it’s likely the trim level you go for will have a significant effect on how sharp your car looks, because each step up the range will bring a few more styling goodies. Expect alloy wheels on all models, though.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

What's the interior like?
★★★★★
★★★★★
5/5

You expect a fair slice of quality from any Volkswagen product, and the Tiguan certainly provides enough of it to keep you satisfied. There are plenty of soft-touch materials dotted around the cabin, and although some panels – like a couple in the doors and in the footwells – aren’t of great quality, they feel very solid and hard-wearing, and don’t betray the general feeling of sophistication.

Less impressive are the folding picnic tables in the back, which look and feel disappointingly cheap. That said, ergonomics are a definite high-point, thanks to a simple touch-screen infotainment system with sharp graphics and a logical set of menus, and an intuitive, clutter-free dashboard layout.

High-end versions will also have a large digital information screen instead of conventional dials, which can be configured to display different information. All versions have bags of adjustment for the driving position, and a great view out in all directions.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

How practical is it?
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★★★★★
5/5

As its name suggests, the whole point of the Allspace is to provide more practicality than the regular Tiguan can muster. Its inflated proportions make it extremely similar in size to the Skoda Kodiaq with which it shares a lot – including the ability to seat seven – so it’s no surprise the two cars are very closely matched in both the space they provide and their versatility.

With all the seats in place, the rearmost chairs have just about enough space to accommodate adults, provided those in the middle row agree to shift their sliding bench forward a bit. Even then, though, you wouldn’t want to stay in the third row for anything other than short journeys, although kids should be fine on longer stints. In this format, the boot is still a very reasonable 230 litres in size. That isn’t quite as large as in the Kodiaq, but it is better than many rivals and enough for a good few soft bags.

Used as a five seater, the space you get is massive, with even more leg-room than in the regular Tiguan, and a very impressive 700 litres of boot space. Folding any of the chairs in the second- and third-rows is a complete doddle, too, and dropping the lot of them opens up a properly van-like cargo space that also has the benefit of a flat floor. Towing, which is important to many SUV buyers, will be no problem in the Allspace either, with the diesel 4x4 models able to tow up to 2.5 tonnes.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

What's it like to drive?
★★★★★
★★★★★
4/5

SUVs – especially seven-seat ones – are most often used as family carry-alls, and that means a comfortable ride is very high on the list of priorities. The Allspace does a pretty decent job. So far, we’ve only driven it on the optional adaptive suspension, which alters its behaviour according to the driving mode you select. Regardless of which you choose, the ride is very similar to that of the regular Tiguan. There’s a slightly firm edge on particularly rutted road surfaces, but it always stays smooth enough to keep you and your brood comfy and relaxed. Thing is, if the Allspace follows the example of the regular Tiguan (and it probably will), the same will be true of the standard suspension, and the adaptive setup won’t make enough of a difference to the driving experience to justify the extra cash you pay.

The handling is generally pretty tidy, with plenty of grip, decent body control and nicely weighted steering. Obviously, versions with four-wheel drive give you better on-road traction, and with a reasonably sophisticated set of off-roading aids thrown in, the Tiguan might also get you a bit further into the countryside than you might expect.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

How powerful is it?
★★★★★
★★★★★
4/5

So far, we’ve only had the chance to try a couple of the several engines available. The first of these is the 150PS 2.0-litre turbodiesel that will undoubtedly be the biggest-seller. Despite the Tiguan’s hefty body mass, the engine is more than capable of hauling the car around in a reasonably purposeful manner, although it doesn’t quite feel as quick or as muscular as the power output suggests. You get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but we tried it with the optional seven-speed twin-clutch automatic. It’s smooth enough, but the changes can occasionally feel a little slow and laboured.

The other engine we’ve tried is the range-topping diesel, another 2.0-litre, but this time with 240PS, mated to the automatic gearbox. It’s a little smoother and quieter than the less powerful version, primarily due to the fact it doesn’t have to work quite so hard to achieve equivalent performance. Ultimately, though, it doesn’t feel all that much more sprightly, certainly not by as much as the power output would suggest.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

How much will it cost me?
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★★★★★
3/5

This area is rather tricky to talk about right now because UK prices and specifications still haven’t been released for the Allspace. We predict the hike from regular Tiguan to Allspace will be pretty hefty, not just because of the extra size and seats, but also because it’ll probably get more practicality-focused equipment included as standard. It should also be noted the regular Tiguan is already quite a pricey car to begin with.

If we’re right, the Allspace could struggle a bit for popularity, because the Skoda Kodiaq – which is very similar in all areas – also has incredible affordability on its side.

Efficiency-wise, it’s no surprise fuel and CO2 figures for the Allspace are very close to those of the equivalent Skoda, given they’re roughly the same size and use the same engines and oily bits. Where we think the Allspace might have a trump card to play, though, is on resale values. Those of the Kodiaq are impressively high, and with the Allspace’s desirable badge and image, we can see it being even stronger on that score.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

How reliable is it?
★★★★★
★★★★★
3/5

If you own the previous generation of Tiguan, Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index makes for some pretty grim reading. The model scores rather poorly in the study, and Volkswagen doesn’t figure particularly highly in the manufacturer standings either. We can only hope this version, based on VW’s latest architecture, fares a bit better when it comes to mechanical dependability. Even the three-year/60,000-mile warranty isn’t particularly generous compared with what some rival manufacturers are offering.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

How safe is it?
★★★★★
★★★★★
4/5

The regular Tiguan has been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, and the generous amount of safety kit provided as standard helped it achieve a full five-star rating. There’s been no confirmation yet about what safety kit the Allspace will get, but if it mirrors the regular Tiguan (which we suspect it will), we see no reason why the bigger car shouldn’t match the smaller car for protective properties in a smash.

That being the case, the standard roster should include seven airbags (eight if you choose SE L trim or above because you’ll get an additional front passenger knee ’bag), stability control with trailer stabilisation, an active pop-up bonnet, lane-departure warning and emergency city braking.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

How much equipment do I get?
★★★★★
★★★★★
4/5

The precise equipment specifications are yet to be announced, but we expect them to be broadly similar to the regular Tiguan’s, but maybe with a few additions to the standard fare. If that’s the case, the range will begin with S trim, providing pretty generous kit including remote locking, air-conditioning, four powered windows, automatic lights and wipers and a touch-screen infotainment unit that has a DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

Upgrading to SE trim should give you three-zone climate control, cruise control, all-round parking sensors and improved smartphone compatibility thanks to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. SE Nav models get sat-nav, while SE L cars should have heated front seats, a panoramic roof, the posh virtual dials and adaptive cruise control. The upgrades that R-Line models get will be mainly cosmetic, but you’ll get sports suspension as well.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Why buy?
★★★★★
★★★★★
4/5

Because you like the rugged style of an SUV, the practicality of seven seats, and the desirability of a Volkswagen badge. The Tiguan Allspace’s relaxed driving manners and practical, high-class cabin make it an excellent all-rounder that owners will simply love. We just hope the pricing is reasonable once it finally gets announced.

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

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Tiguan Allspace

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