In the world of the 7-series’ and the S-Classes, a long wheelbase version is no rarity. In the world of SUV’s however, it is. Still Volkswagen has now presented this Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. Actually it’s a lengthened Tiguan, which has to fill the gap between the normal Tiguan and Touareg. With its size and its price, it fits perfectly… The differences on the outside then… At the front, you can see a little lip on the hood. Volkswagen wanted to give Tiguan a rougher look. But, the differences really stand out when you look at it from the side. The rear doors are longer, the third side window runs up a little more, and the overhang is bigger. So from the B-style onwards, it differs from the normal Tiguan. In centimetres, that’s 21 additional centimetres. The wheelbase has increased by 11 cm. That also came with additional weight, 80 kg to be exact.If you compare the measurements with the Skoda Kodiaq, you’ll see they’re quite similar. It speaks for itself that the boot has increased in size as well. By 145 litres to be specific. The rear seat is adjustable as well, so if you were to put them in the foremost position, which would make sitting there impossible, you have 760 litres to play with.That’s a lot. This car is fitted with a third seating row, you can collapse these seats. Also, what’s handy, if you’re not using the screen, you can store it in here. So from the B-style onwards, this car is longer. That means there’s more room in the back, and that’s something you notice. My knees don’t touch the front seat, which is positioned to my length. It’s quite a comfortable rear seat, which is adjustable as well. That’s to create more space for the rear passengers. The back is also adjustable, so you’re able to lean backwards as well. If you’re using it as a five-seater, you’re really comfortable in here. I’m curious what it’s like in the back though, so I’m going to try that next. As you can probably see, I’m quite cramped back here. I didn’t expect anything else to be honest. This is no place for a big guy like me. This is what Volkswagen calls a 5+2, like some coupés are called 2+2. So the folding seats do count as seats, but they aren’t real ones if I’m honest. Theoretically, if you put the rear seat forward, you can seat three people here and two kids in the folding seats.So you’re able to sit in the back with five people, if it’s necessary. The third seating row does come with an additional
price of €599, so it isn’t a standard feature in the Tiguan Allspace. So what are the prices like? If you compare the Tiguan Trendline with the Tiguan Allspace Trendline, it’s an additional €2900. However, Volkswagen states you get a richer standard trim. And that’s correct. First of all, you get the extra length, but it also has a more luxurious trim. It’s got 17″ alloy wheels, a comprehensive multimedia system, a better board computer, but also adaptive cruise control. So it’s all on there for that money. You can choose between three versions as usual. Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. A third seating row is always available for an extra €599. The engines then. Today, we’re driving the 2.0-litre TSI producing 180 horsepower.That isn’t available in the Netherlands just yet, but it will be in a few months. At this time, we’ve got the 1.4-litre TSI producing 150 horsepower, and three diesels where we can choose from. They’re all connected to a six-speed manual, or a six-speed DSG for the petrol version… and a seven-speed DSG for the diesel. Also, the diesels are available with four-wheel drive, just like the stronger petrol versions like we’re driving today. It might not surprise you, but the drive is similar to the shorter Tiguan. This might be a little more comfortable because of its longer wheelbase. In this version, you can choose between damper settings. You can select sportier modes, which make the steering heavier. But everything put together, it’s a very comfortable, easy-going car, like we’re used to from the normal Tiguan. So why would you want an extended Tiguan then? You buy a car like this because you can use or need the extra room, but the extra seats aren’t very royal.Like Volkswagen says, it’s a 5+2, so they’re children’s seats. If you look further down the line, especially at the same company, you could say the Skoda Kodiaq is a serious competitor, and that’s a lot cheaper. On the other hand, if you were to look up, you could say the Audi Q3 is a decent competitor. It’s about the same length as well. Or even a BMW X3. For a lot less money, you get a car of the same size, or which is narrower at the most, but still captures the same driving feel and the same spaciousness.But for a lot less money, so you can go both ways… .