Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (2018) Review
Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (2018) At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 15–27
On average it achieves 73% of the official MPG figure
Used as a five-seater, the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is a cracking family car, with a desirable image, lots of room, plenty of luxury equipment, impressive quality, strong engines, good mechanical refinement and a really good balance between comfort and fun. Bear in mind, though, that it’s pricey compared with rivals, and the rearmost seats are too tight to be used on a regular basis. There are plenty of seven-seater rivals - such as the Skoda Kodiaq and SEAT Tarraco - than offer more practicality for less money, and which also do everything else just as well as the Allspace
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Carmakers are always in a rush to give their customers more. More size, more technology, more power, more of everything. This isn’t philanthropy, mind. It’s because if customers get more, they can be charged more for it.
When the latest Tiguan was launched in 2018, this left Volkswagen with a bit of a dilemma. This five-seat lifestyle SUV has been an absolute sales hit for Volkswagen over the years, outselling most other compact SUVs despite being more expensive, thanks to its desirability.
And the thing with Volkswagen is that when something’s going well, they never want to muck around with it too much. That’s why the Golf looks pretty much the same today as it did 30 years ago. So, how do you keep the new Tiguan’s appeal largely the same as its predecessor’s, yet still compete with the huge number of compact seven-seat SUVs that have since flooded the market?
Cue the Tiguan Allspace, a bigger seven-seat version sold alongside - rather than instead of - the regular Tiguan for families who like what the smaller car delivers, but who need a bit more practicality.
Like any other Tiguan, the Allspace is very impressive in a variety of areas. Its desirable image is backed up by a high-quality cabin that’s stuffed with luxury equipment, making it feel like a real cut-above in the class.
All the latest safety and infotainment gear is present-and-correct, too, while the cabin is also packed with thoughtful, family-friendly touches, like rear tray tables that can be set at an angle to hold a book or a tablet. It’s also a really good car to drive, with an excellent balance between ride comfort and handling sharpness, while the range of engines provides an impressive blend of power, refinement and economy.
Begs the question: if it’s so great, why don’t we all drive a Tiguan Allspace? Well, a couple of reasons. Firstly, while it’s even roomier for five passengers than the regular Tiguan, it’s not quite roomy enough to be a proper seven-seater, the sort that’ll comfortably carry a septet of fully-grown adults on a regular basis.
The third-row seats are too cramped for that. It’s fine if you look upon the car as a five-seater with the ability to carry an extra two (very small) folks for short distances in emergencies. However, if you’ll regularly need to use all the pews, there are several rivals that’ll suit you better.
Secondly, the Allspace looks very expensive next to most rivals. Look at the car’s lengthy list of attributes, and it’s tricky to spot anything that you don’t get from a Skoda Kodiaq or SEAT Tarraco (both of which are pretty much the same car underneath), yet it costs several thousand pounds more.
That’s why it isn’t our pick of the class, but if you like what you see and you’re prepared to pay handsomely for a Volkswagen badge - and quite a few people will be - then, you’ll be getting a really good car.