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2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Review | carsales

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Review | carsales

SUVs may have started life as being sporty
and versatile, but nowadays these high-riding contraptions are bigger, heavier and guzzle
as much fuel as ever, especially in seven-seat form. Well, not quite all of them, because for the
past six weeks I’ve been living with a seven-seat SUV that’s shorter than a BMW 3 Series and
almost as light as a Kia Stinger. This is the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. The Allspace sits above the regular Tiguan
in the Volkswagen line up as the manufacturer’s only seven-seat offering. Prices start at $40,000, extending to $51,650
in this flagship Highline Allspace trim. The Allspace sits on a 109mm longer wheelbase
than its donor car. From the B pillar forward it’s all regular
Tiguan. But further back the Allspace charters new
territory with a boot that is 120l larger and more rear seat space. So, yes, there are plenty of similarities
with the garden variety Tiguan, but this particular Highline 162TSI variant also shares a lot
in common with the legendary Gold GTI hot hatch. It’s got the same two-litre four-cylinder
turbo petrol engine. So as you might expect, it’s reasonably
peppy. That’s probably not a word you’ve heard
to describe a seven-seat SUV before, but it’s true. Naught to 100 in 6.8 seconds, respectable
body control and agility, and a Haldex all-wheel drive system that helps deliver appropriate
levels of grip. Even the Pirelli rubber sings to the same
dynamically pleasing song sheet. But perhaps what’s more pleasing about the
Allspace is that it performs with refinement and finesse. A Swish Media operating system, quality interior
fitout and the latest safety equipment for a five-star rating. It’s all very Euro. If I’m honest, the Allspace feels like a
hot hatch on stilts more than anything else. It’s got light steering at low speeds, it’s
really easy to manoeuvre through tight spaces and over the space of about 5,000km alone,
fuel economy’s been quite strong. I’ve averaged 8.9l per 100km, though that
does require premium unleaded fuel. I will say though, on highway trips the fuel
economy reading usually begins with a high five or low six. It’s a really clever car, and when you make
use of the coasting function that decouples the gearbox from the engine, it’s really
quite efficient in long distance-driving. With all that said, the engine is refined
and it’s a formidable ally to the car’s 1,770kg curb weight. There’s a little bit of hesitation from
a standstill and this car’s had quite a weird knock, nothing disconcerting, but takes
a little bit away from the refinement. Otherwise it really feels planted and confident,
it doesn’t get shaken up by bumps like a smaller SUV would, and on 20in wheels and
adaptive dampers, I’ve got to say, it’s still remarkably good for a sporty SUV. On the practicality front, the layout is best
suited to only occasional seven-seat rides. But keep that in mind and the Allspace is
right on the money. In many respects the Allspace is Volkswagen’s
most accomplished SUV. It can do the seven-seat shift, but without
the hulking proportions or equally hefty running bills.

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