Volkswagen's second-generation Tiguan widens its market reach in this lengthened 'Allspace' guise to include those who want the option of a third seating row in their mid-sized SUV. Could it be all the car you'll ever really need? Potential buyers will probably see this car in just that way.
There are no changes to the engineering of this Allspace model over the ordinary Tiguan and Volkswagen has also worked hard to ensure that this variant's extra 215mm of body length doesn't upset that car's reassuring handling balance. The engine range sees buyers seeking petrol power offered in 150PS 1.4-litre TSI form, plus there's a minority-interest 180PS 2.0-litre TSI unit. Most UK buyers though, will want a diesel, probably the 150PS version of the familiar 2.0 TDI powerplant. Volkswagen also offers this engine with 190PS and 240PS.
There's wide availability across the line-up of a fifth-generation four-wheel-drive 4MOTION system that provides fast apportioning of power to all four wheels via a process that provides pre-activation of the rear clutch and slick operation of the electronic differentials. In recent times, nearly three-quarters of Tiguan buyers in the UK have shown a preference for AWD. In 4x4 form, the car has 200mm of ground clearance, 11mm more than it would have in 2WD guise.
So, it's a slightly longer Tiguan. What are the benefits of that inside? The obvious answer is that this Allspace model's extra 60mm of overall length has made possible the fitment of a third seating row. As with rivals, these additional pews are really only really intended for children, but they're no more cramped than those you'll find in obvious direct rivals like Skoda's Kodiaq or Nissan's X-Trail. You'll need to use the middle row's standard sliding mechanism and push the centre bench right forward if lanky adults are to be accommodated at the very back.
This Tiguan's added length has also boosted boot space. With the rearmost seats in place, boot capacity is 230-litres; with the two seats stowed away into the boot floor, capacity has risen 85 litres-from the five-seat version to a total of 700-litres. Drop the second row as well and capacity reaches 1775-litres. These will be satisfyingly spacious numbers for potential family buyers, even if they can't quite match the figures of the Volkswagen Group model this car shares its engineering with, that Skoda Kodiaq.
As with the ordinary Tiguan model, providing you don't expect this Allspace derivative to be among the cheaper choices in this segment, then there's very little not to like here. For the cost of, say, a five-seat Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLC, you can get yourself, in this seven-seat Volkswagen, a family SUV with almost equal badge equity but quite a lot more versatility. What's not to like?
All the established Tiguan virtues remain - high residuals, impressive efficiency and strong build quality. And as ever with this model, there's an extra dash of polish in everything it does that'll make you feel as good when you open the bedroom window as you will when you're at the wheel.Click here to find out more about our Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace range