The Tiguan Allspace is an interesting take on the standard Tiguan. It’s longer and, consequently, more spacious, and has a third row of seats for added practicality. And while some might express their scepticism about the usability of the 3rd row, for it can only fit small children at best, there is no doubt about the usability of the extended space in the 2nd row.
In terms of cabin quality, the Tiguan Allspace is a cut above its competition, with its outstanding build quality, soft-touch surfaces, and excellent ergonomic comfort. What I also like about the Tiguan is that it’s offered in a selection of bright colours – a bold step indeed. In a world filled with grey, white, and black cars, seeing a Tiguan in that gorgeous Habanero orange shade is quite refreshing.
The other big change is the introduction of the 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine, which replaces the older diesel option. As a result, the Tiguan gets a boost in terms of power – a total of 188bhp – but a slightly lower torque output at 320Nm.
On the track, the Tiguan behaves exactly like a big German SUV. It’s stable, rock-solid, and decently quick, which reflected in its lap time. However, it’s not the most exciting vehicle to pilot. Compared to the standard wheelbase Tiguan, the Allspace is longer and heavier, which affects its driving dynamics. There is more body roll than before, and the extra weight blunts its performance.
Honestly, having driven the diesel Tiguan for a few months last year, I personally prefer the extra torque and instant power delivery of the diesel engine. With its hefty body and less torque, you’ve to work the petrol engine a lot harder to achieve the same drive experience as the diesel.
But, with its superior quality and driving experience, the Tiguan offers a unique product to customers looking for an alternative to the Fortuner or Endeavour. So, if you’re not looking to do any hardcore off-roading, the Tiguan Allspace definitely deserves your consideration in the large SUV segment.