Used Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace long-term test: report 3

The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is a very recommendable seven-seat SUV, but does choosing a low-mileage used example put you at an advantage over buying new? We're living with one to find out...

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2021 long-term interior storage

The car Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Match 2.0 TDI 4Motion Run by John Bradshaw, senior photographer

Why it’s here To see how much more practicality and kit buying used gives you for your money, and to see if a traditional diesel engine can still make sense today. 

Needs to Be practical in all weather conditions, cut the mustard as a photographer’s workhorse, prove comfortable and economical on a mixture of journeys.

Mileage 2440 List price (2020) £30,704 Price new with options £36,845 Value Now £24,800 Test economy 38.0mpg Official economy 40.4mpg

10 March – Got to pick a pocket or two

Ever find yourself rifling through every one of your trouser pockets before you actually find what you’re looking for? It certainly pays to have a systematic approach to distributing keys, phones and loose change between the compartments at your disposal, and I’ve found the exact same thing with my Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2021 long-term storage

It has so many handy places to stow things that I’m still moving in, even after a few months, but certain compartments immediately lent themselves to specific purposes. The cupholders between the front seats are adjustable enough to handle my trusty Chillys drinking bottle while also placing my hand sanitiser in a convenient spot (on photoshoots, I’m endlessly jumping from car to car). The door pockets ably look after my car cleaning and de-icing kit, while my keys (and ibuprofen) live in the pouch below the headlight controls, and the chilled glovebox is great for my sandwiches.  

The holder for my sunglasses is a nice touch, too, but I wonder how long it’ll take me to forget that they’re in there.

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