By Stewart Smith on 2018-01-04 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
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MORE luggage space and a third row of seats are just two of the improvements Volkswagen has made to its already roomy Tiguan SUV which goes on sale priced from £29,370.
A third row of fold-flat occasional seats means the Tiguan Allspace can carry up to seven people with a luggage capacity of 230 litres. Or, with five people in the car, the luggage capacity is 700 litres which is 85 litres more than in the normal Tiguan.
The Allspace's middle row of seats can be slid fore and aft by 180mm and can also fold flat. With both the middle row and the third row of seats folded down, the luggage capacity of the Allspace is 1,775 litres which is an increase of 120 litres.
Three trim levels make up the Tiguan Allspace range. Beginning with the SE Navigation model it continues with the up-market SEL and sporty R-Line.
Equipment levels are high with every model boasting 18-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors and 3-Zone climate control.
All have Volkswagen's Discover Navigation infotainment system with an eight-inch colour touchscreen, satellite navigation, DAB radio and a CD player, as well as Bluetooth smartphone connectivity.
Driver assistance systems fitted across the board come in the form of adaptive cruise control as well as lane assist, front assist and city emergency braking.
Engine options are similar to the Tiguan. The 1.4-litre TSI ACT engine has a peak power output figure of 150bhp and benefits from active cylinder technology, which means two of the four cylinders shut down when the car is cruising to save fuel.
A second petrol option is the 2.0-litre 180bhp TSI unit, available exclusively with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
The diesel range includes three 2.0-litre turbocharged engines, with peak power outputs of 150bhp and 240bhp. The 150bhp unit comes with the choice of front-wheel drive or 4MOTION all-wheel drive and six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes.
In 190bhp diesel-engined form the Tiguan Allspace has a top speed of 130mph and completes the 0-62 mph sprint in a claimed 8.6 seconds. When equipped with the 240bhp BiTDI engine the top speed is 142mph and 0-62 mph takes just 6.7 seconds.
Fuel economy on the combined cycle ranges from 46.3mpg for the 150bhp TSI to 43.5mpg in the 240bhp TDI diesel engine.
CO2 measurements range from 131g/km for the 2.0-litre 150bhp TDI with a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive to 175g/km for the 2.0-litre 180bhp TSI engine with 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
The Tiguan Allspace has been diesigned to make it a capable off-roader with the option of an off-road pack offering an alternative front bumper design to increase the approach angle from 16.9 degrees to 24 degrees. It also adds additional underbody protection and chrome door sill protectors.
All Tiguan Allspace models equipped with 4MOTION all-wheel drive include 4MOTION Active Control. This is operated by a rotary/push-button switch that allows the driver to activate one of four driving modes: Onroad, Snow, Offroad and Offroad Individual. It tunes the transmission of the car to meet the conditions the driver is facing.
Tiguan Allspace has a towing capacity ranging from 1.8 to 2.5 tonnes depending on the engine and gearbox combination. Volkswagen's Trailer Assist system combines the optional park assist and rear-view camera to make reversing and parking with a trailer easier and more accurate.
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