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New Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace revealed at Detroit motor show

Seven-seat version of VW’s popular SUV sets its sights on the Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail

Words ByClaire Evans

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VW Tiguan Allspace

The second-generation Tiguan, launched in 2016, has been a popular car in the UK, bolstering the German car maker’s sales during a tough, post-Dieselgate year. The Allspace version is highly likely to add to its appeal with an extra pair of occasional seats and a roomier interior and boot.

It’s also longer than the standard Tiguan, so it offers buyers in this already congested class yet another choice between smaller five-seat rivals, such as the Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai, and the leviathans of the SUV world – the Audi Q7 and Volkswagen’s own Touareg.

What’s new about the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace?

To fit in those two extra pews, which will be optional in the UK, Volkswagen has stretched the standard Tiguan’s MQB platform by 22cm. That’s also enabled it to increase rear leg room by 6cm and add 115 litres to the boot capacity.

Although the Allspace retains the looks of its smaller Tiguan brother, the rear doors are longer and there are subtle differences in the design of the bonnet and front grille, which features reworked chrome bars.

What’s the new Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace like inside?

Up front, the Allspace’s interior has the same neat, high quality trim and switches as the smaller Tiguan. The driving position is good and the seats are comfortable.

While the first two rows of seats offer plenty of leg room for taller adults, don’t expect them to travel comfortably in the rearmost pair.

Not only will they struggle to get into these seats, they’re likely to have to ask the second row passengers to slide their seats forward to give them enough space, eating into their leg room, too. Two small children should be fine in the back seats, though.

On the equipment front, three trim levels will be on offer, and all models will come with sat-nav plus VW’s Car Net Guide and Inform online information service and the Security and Service package that offers mobile access to a range of car functions. Adding App Connect, which lets you use the Apple CarPlay, Mirrorlink and Android Auto smartphone connectivity systems, will be a cost option.

A suite of active safety features, including lane assist and city emergency braking, will also be available, along with an upgraded infotainment system and digital instruments.

What engines can I get in the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace?

At launch, buyers will be able to choose between three petrol engines and three diesels. While most of these are carried over from the smaller Tiguan, the least powerful 1.4 petrol and 2.0 diesels won’t be offered.

That means petrol power choices are a 150bhp 1.4 and a 2.0-litre unit, producing either 180bhp or 220bhp. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is offered in 150bhp, 190bhp and 240bhp form, the latter is likely to be the same bi-turbo unit from the sportiest Tiguan.

Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive versions will be on sale.

How good are the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace’s rivals?

The Allspace shares its underpinnings with other VW Group SUVs, including the Audi Q2, Seat Ateca and Skoda Kodiaq. Of those three, the Ateca shines out as having the best handling and performance as well as a well appointed, practical interior, while the Kodiaq offers the best value for money.

Other seven-seat alternatives range from the capacious Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento to the pricey but technically excellent Land Rover Discovery Sport.

VW is yet to announce prices for the Tiguan Allspace, but for it to look competitive in such a crowded class it will need to be well-priced and kitted out.

See what we think of the standard Tiguan in the video review below.

Read more - 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan review

Read more - our first drive review of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace


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