If you’re looking for a reasonably compact family SUV with a few extra folding seats in the back, the Volkswagen Tiguan should be on your shopping list.
The Tiguan Allspace is essentially a longer version of the popular Tiguan family SUV with two extra seats. The offer starts at $49,457 for the front-wheel drive Life model, which is equipped with a 1.4-liter, 110 kW turbocharged four-cylinder. That figure seems questionable when our test vehicle, the 132TSI Life, costs just $49,990 and features a more powerful 132kW 2.0-liter turbo, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto and all-wheel drive. Indeed, the 132TSI Life appears to be the sweet spot in a row stretching to more than $68,000 for the diesel Elegance model. Our car had the $5600 luxury package, which includes a large sunroof and Vienna leather seats that are heated and electrically adjustable in the front. The standard price for all models includes a fully digital driver display, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, wireless phone charging, satellite navigation and an 8-inch touchscreen. The Tiguan is covered by a five-year warranty and a five-year maintenance plan costs $2950.
The white perforated leather front seats in our test car looked smart and offered plenty of adjustment options for the driver to get comfortable. Middle-row passengers are treated to a USB-C port for charging phones, as well as a 12-volt power outlet and climate controls with individual controls. The seats also recline. The Allspace is 225mm longer than the standard Tiguan, allowing room for a pair of third-row seats that are best left to little ones. Kneeroom and headroom are tight, although you can slide the middle seats forward for more room. Getting into the third row requires some scrambling. With the third row of seats folded down, around 15 percent more luggage space is available than in the standard Tiguan. The 18-inch wheels and well-assorted suspension swallow all but the worst of potholes and road crossings, and the cabin is well isolated from engine and road noise.
There is no separate safety rating for the Tiguan Allspace, but the Tiguan was last crash tested in 2016 and scored an impressive 96 percent for occupant protection and 80 percent for child protection. This five-star rating expires this month. The Tiguan has lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and drowsiness detection, but it misses the blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning common to rivals. There are seven airbags, but it lacks the front-center airbag that’s becoming more common on new arrivals.
ON THE WAY
The Tiguan has always been one of the more accomplished SUVs on the open road. Well-sorted suspension strikes an excellent balance of comfort, composure and cornering ability, while precise, well-weighted steering boosts driver confidence. The engine delivers decent throttle response, thanks to generous reserves of torque available even from low revs, and the dual-clutch auto does a good job of keeping things boiling with snappy shifts under hard acceleration. However, it tends to hesitate occasionally when stepping down to find a traffic gap. It’s relatively thirsty though, reportedly consuming 8.9L/100km. Expect around 12L/100km in the city, which equates to a range of around 500km. On the open road it creates mid-sevens.
Comfortable, pleasant to drive and handy for a growing family when they’re a little thirsty.
Skoda Kodiaq Style, from around $53,990 Drive-Away. No longer the cheap option in the extended VW family. Same engine as the Tiguan and similar equipment.
Kia Sorento S, Drive-Away from $50,790. More powerful but thirstier V6. It lacks some convenience features and is only front-wheel drive, but larger, with a more accommodating third row.
Mazda CX-8 Sport AWD, starting at around $52,000 drive-away. Powered by an efficient diesel with more grunt and longer range. Cabin a bit dated but stylish.
TIGUAN ALLSPACE 132TSI LIVE
WARRANTY/SERVICE Five years, unlimited miles, $2950 over five years
ENGINE 2.0 liter turbo petrol engine, 132 kW and 320 Nm
SECURITY Seven airbags, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue monitoring
LUGGAGE 700 liters
Originally posted as 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 132TSI New Car Review