There’s a new Tiguan model called “Allspace” and it promises room for you and six tjommas.
What you need to know: The Tiguan’s always been a fancy so-and-so, not just in terms of quality and technology; the price tags tend to be as lengthy as its names. Did you see the heading of this article? I won’t re-type that name because I’m afraid of blasting through my word-count limit, or that the internet might run out of space.
Anyway, this 4.7m compact SUV is 215mm longer than a regular Tig’ to obviously house those extra two seats at the back. Seven adults will be quite uncomfortable but four adults and two kids should be happy. One adult and half a dozen kids just as much. Boot space is 230L (seven seats), 700L (five seats) or 1,775L if all rear seats are folded down.
More facts: The model selection is slightly limited compared to its five-seater cousin but you can still choose between 1.4TSi, 2.0TDi and two 2.0TSi derivatives. Our test car was a 162kW (220hp) 4Motion Highline, which essentially means that it has a GTi engine, seven DSG (dual clutch automatic) gears and intelligent all-wheel drive.
Where we went: Home, highways, the office, shopping malls, coffee shops and other ‘burban places. Our Tiguan spoilt us with loads of new-age luxury and convenience goodies like remote central locking, climate control, power windows and mirrors, auto lights and wipers as well as VW’s new infotainment system.
Watch out for: Besides the price of R523,800 and urban fuel use, we found the aforementioned info display and virtual instruments (optional on some models) a bit daunting to operate. The steering wheel buttons helped because there’s no volume knob anymore – only touch-sensitive areas – and it took me two days to find the drive mode controls.
Why you’ll want one: Certainly not value, there are cheaper competitors, but most certainly that solid VW quality, styling and efficiency. It also has a supremely clever driver aids, six airbags and a comfy ride. Each Tiguan Allspace is sold with a three-year/120,000km warranty and a five-year/90,000km service plan.
Engine: 2L i-4 turbo-petrol
Transmission: 7-speed Auto, AWD
Max. Power: 162kW
Max. Torque: 350Nm
Avg cons.: Approx. 10L/100km (claimed 8.1)
0-100km/h: 6.94 (claimed 6.8)
Top Speed: Claimed 223km/h
List Price: R523,800
0-10km/h: 0,54 seconds
0-20km/h: 0,99 seconds
0-30km/h: 1,38 seconds
0-40km/h: 1,89 seconds
0-50km/h: 2,48 seconds
0-60km/h: 3,11 seconds
0-70km/h: 3,88 seconds
0-80km/h: 4,78 seconds
0-90km/h: 5,83 seconds
0-100km/h: 6,94 seconds
0-110km/h: 8,22 seconds
0-120km/h: 9,70 seconds
0-130km/h: 11,39 seconds
0-140km/h: 13,23 seconds
0-150km/h: 15,39 seconds
0-160km/h: 18,05 seconds
0-100m: 6,42 seconds @ 95,28km/h
0-200m: 9,73 seconds @ 120,20km/h
0-300m: 12,54 seconds @ 136,50km/h
0-400m: 15,06 seconds @ 148,53km/h
100-0km/h: 2,97 seconds @ 37,96 meters (once-off)
Maximum deceleration G-force: 1,07G
0-10mph: 0,83 seconds
0-20mph: 1,49 seconds
0-30mph: 2,38 seconds
0-40mph: 3,44 seconds
0-50mph: 4,83 seconds
0-60mph: 6,55 seconds
0-70mph: 8,61 seconds
0-80mph: 11,15 seconds
0-90mph: 14,21 seconds
0-100mph: 18,29 seconds
1/4 mile: 15,12 seconds @ 92,45 mph
Maximum acceleration G-force: 0,75G
All data captured by Racelogic® Performance Box