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2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace review – verdict

The seven-seat VW Tiguan Allspace has plenty of appeal. We find out if it lives up to its promise or if it's merely an overpriced Skoda Kodiaq

Words ByDoug Revolta

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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 Β£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.


What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

Skoda Kodiaq

Nissan X-Trail


Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI 150

Price Β£26,210 (est, from)

Engine 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel

Power 148bhp at 3500-4000rpm

Torque 251lb ft at 1750-3000rpm

Gearbox 7-spd automatic

0-62mph 9.9sec

Top speed 123mph

Official economy 47.9mpg

CO2, tax band 153g/km, 32%

Release date December 2017


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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.

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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.

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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.

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