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Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace review

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Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
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11 Jan 2018 18:03 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 13:04

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace estate running costs

The Tiguan Allspace is only available in three high-spec trims. That means you get plenty of equipment, but you have to pay a lot for it. Spec for spec, the Allspace model is around £2000 more expensive than the five-seat Tiguan. For that money, you get a usefully bigger boot, but two extra seats that you won’t want to use too often. Compared with rivals such as the Skoda Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008, though, the Tiguan Allspace is very expensive.

The good news is that it holds its value very well, meaning the overall cost of ownership is less than some cheaper rivals. It also means PCP costs are very competitive. If you are watching the pennies, we’d stick to the two-wheel-drive models because running costs will be lower.

Automatic versions are, typically, slightly dirtier and less economical, yet command a hefty premium. Volkswagen offers a three-year/30,000-mile fixed-price servicing scheme that should help with budgeting.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace estate equipment

While the five-seat Tiguan range kicks off with S and SE trims, the Tiguan Allspace starts with SE Nav. This means, as standard, all seven-seat models get air-con, 17in alloys, four electric windows and a touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, Bluetooth and a DAB radio, as well as three-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control.

SEL trim adds a fully configurable digital instrument cluster, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, 19in wheels and a panoramic sunroof. Range-topping R-line versions gain 20in wheels and stiffer sports suspension, as well as a host of minor interior and trim upgrades for a sportier, more distinctive look.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace estate reliability

Although we don’t have specific data for the Tiguan Allspace, the standard five-seat Tiguan scored very impressively in our recent reliability survey, outperforming the BMW X1, Renault Kadjar and Range Rover Evoque, so it’s reasonable to expect similar levels of reliability from the Allspace model. Overall, though, VW ranked a lowly 22nd out of 32 manufacturers.

Just like the standard version, the Tiguan Allspace gets a conventional three-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard, but there are two extended warranties available, covering up to four years/75,000 miles and five years/90,000 miles. These aren't overly expensive, so may well be worth investing in if you’re planning to keep your Tiguan Allspace for a while.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace estate safety and security

Impressively, automatic emergency braking is standard on every Tiguan Allspace – it can slow or even stop the car if it senses a collision is imminent at low speeds. The high seating position and permanent four-wheel drive (on some models) will appeal to many buyers, too.

Euro NCAP awarded the Tiguan (including the Allspace) five out of five for safety. A more in-depth look at the results shows that it is better at keeping adults out of harm than either an X1 or Seat Ateca, although the X1 is the safer choice for child occupants and pedestrians.

Meanwhile, security experts Thatcham Research awarded the five-seat Tiguan impressive marks for resisting being stolen or broken into.

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Verdict

The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace has all the positive traits of the five-seat Tiguan but adds a bigger boot and two extra seats. It’s expensive, though

  • Good to drive
  • High-quality interior
  • Flexible seating layout
  • Expensive next to seven-seat rivals
  • Third-row seats are only a last resort
  • CO2 emissions could be lower
There are 3 trims available for the Tiguan Allspace estate. Click to see details.See all versions
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SE Nav
A generous equipment list includes air-con, 17in alloys, four electric windows, three-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and a touchscreen infotainment system with...View trim
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SEL
This gains a few luxuries over SE Nav, such as digital instrument dials, adaptive cruise control, even bigger alloys, a panoramic sunroof and some piano-black trim. It’s plush but rather pricey, so...View trim
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R Line
This is the top-rung trim, which adds a sporty flavour to the exterior and interior. Over and above SEL, you get 20in alloys, R-line-specific bodystyling, heated front seats, aluminium-look dash in...View trim
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