With pricing and specs to be finalised at the end of the year, there are only so many conclusions we can draw. It's clear at this stage, though, that the Tiguan Allspace is a high-quality, capable family car with genuine added flexibility over the standard Tiguan, thanks to those two extra seats and a bigger boot.
VW is yet to reveal how big a premium the Tiguan Allspace will command over the standard five-seater, but we think it could be around £2000. As such, just as the standard Tiguan is an impressive car but one that looks pricey next to rivals, the Allspace follows the same pattern.
Hence, as things stand, we'd recommend that those in the market for a seven-seater consider the Skoda Kodiaq first. That rival offers a very similar package to the Tiguan Allspace, but with even more space, and it’s likely that it’ll be cheaper to buy.
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Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI 150
Price £26,210 (est, from)
Engine 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel
Power 148bhp at 3500-4000rpm
Torque 251lb ft at 1750-3000rpm
Gearbox 7-spd automatic
Top speed 123mph
Official economy 47.9mpg
CO2, tax band 153g/km, 32%
Release date December 2017
Looking for a large SUV? Here's our full run-down of the best models to buy right now, and the ones to avoid.
The best large SUVs
10. Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai’s largest SUV offers rugged, go-anywhere ability and a usefully lofty driving position. It also has seven seats, plenty of equipment and a powerful yet economical diesel engine. It’s not the last word in refinement, though.
Our pick 2.2 CRDi 200 Premium seven-seater
9. Ford Edge
The Edge had been on sale in the US for a while, but it only came to the UK in 2016. It’s good value for money and even the cheapest trim level comes with a decent amount of kit. It doesn’t have the most powerful engine, though, and there’s no seven-seat option.
Our pick 2.0 TDCi 210 AWD auto
8. Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento comes with seven seats and, unlike many rivals, its third row is spacious enough for adults, not just children. It also has a punchy engine, heavy towing capacity and comfortable ride, but the very best competitors are cheaper and more refined.
Our pick 2.2 CRDi KX-2