Come 2020, the Volkswagen has gone big with the Tiguan, making it an AllSpace. VW has infused three big changes into the Tiguan. How well does the (almost) new car drive and does it have the muscles to flex against the likes of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour? The review tries to delve into those.
Let’s take a look at what’s new first. Essentially, AllSpace is longer by 215 mm over the regular Tiguan and the wheelbase has increased by 110 mm to 2,787 mm. Now, this hike in length contributes to a third row inside.
For the exterior, there are a lot of subtle elements to like about. It’s not a made-in-India product, and it is evident from the fascia. The front is upright with edgy LED headlamps and day time running lights. The stretched length has taken some sheen out of the taut Tiguan. Also, this Tiguan isn’t as tall as Fortuner or Endeavour, so the AllSpace may look like an MPV from a distance.
The tailgate has chrome splashed around the lower half. This VW rolls 18-inch alloy wheels and several things are common with the replaced Tiguan.
The seats are well-padded, large and cocoon the occupants. The 8-inch infotainment, equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, is appropriately lit and slick to touch. Now these were already there in Tiguan. In terms of changes on the dashboard, the driver’s display is a new one and resembles much like an Audi.
Again, a big difference between any other SUVs in the class is the seat height. The driver, especially, tucks low in the well-bolstered seat. The view, however, is fantastic.
The cabin is spacious, well-equipped and I really like the hidden pockets on the dashboard and beside the steering wheel. We expected wireless charging, but that’s not the case here. Instead, you get a couple of USB ports.
On the features department, the USP has to be a gigantic sunroof. Now, AllSpace just comes in one fully-loaded trim, so there isn’t much to tinker. Leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, laptop trays for second-row occupants and a powered boot lid come as standard fitments.
The additional third row is a little hard to access. Bend the 60:40 foldable middle row to move to the third row. The width on offer is adequate, however, if you are 5 feet 2 inches or above, space will be bothering. There is negligible thigh support and tall people will bang their heads on the roof whenever the SUV runs on a rough patch of road. That said, the third row adds practicality to the interior, which can be folded to extend the cargo volume to 700 litres.
Not a butch, the features and hint of sophistication that AllSpace has to offer will surely give Endeavour and Fortuner a run for their money.
Dimension, extra row and the third big change in AllSpace is a brand-new 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine with a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The 190 horsepowers and 400 Nm of torque are sent out to a four-wheel drive.
Interestingly, diesel is the preferred choice in the segment. But firing on all cylinders, the TSI has enough grunt to pin down a similar diesel engine. The turbo lag is felt at the start-up, but things become impressive past 2,000 rpm. The TSI power, we have already experienced in Polo and Vento, is so engaging in AllSpace. Unlike any other diesel-powered SUV, the highlight of the AllSpace has to be the refinement. The rev metre pulls neatly until 5,000 rpm, beyond which the engine begins to grumble.
The 7-speed DSG is one of the best in the business, with quick and responsive shifts. You may choose to make the drive to your liking with the use of paddle shifters. Importantly, the gear shifts and engine responsiveness work in tandem.
In terms of outright performance, the AllSpace is brisk on the move than the Tiguan, and that’s majorly because of a more powerful engine. In 0-100 kmph sprint, the AllSpace clocked 9 seconds, surpassing Tiguan’s 143 horsepowers by nearly 2 seconds.
What’s a little disappointing the ride quality and steering feedback. The car has an excellent road manner when driven within limits. You see, the car is tailor-made for European conditions. It’s excellent to cruise on highways, yet when road undulations are thrown at it at low speeds, the firm ride doesn’t offer the best of experience inside the cabin. The steering wheel, on the other hand, is extremely light and doesn’t weigh up with building speeds. Also, thanks to the longer wheelbase, it would be futile to think of superb covering stability as the Tiguan.
AllSpace is more of a soft-roader than a do-it-all car. It effortlessly cruises at triple digits on the highways. VW, however, it offered multiple terrain selector with AllSpace.
The trend for big SUVs goes with diesel. But Volkswagen brings in the AllSpace, a 7-seater SUV, rivalling the Fortuner and Endeavour with a 2.0 TSI petrol engine. Priced at Rs 33.12 lakh (ex-showroom), the AllSpace is about Rs 2 lakh expensive than the outgoing Tiguan TDI Highline. The pricing is slightly on the heftier side, due to the CBU route of manufacturing.
We believe, AllSpace will appeal to those, who love to drive big SUV with a punchy petrol engine, admire German engineering and wish to stand apart from the crowd. Surely, it’s going to be a low volume game.