Who needs more space? We live in a world where we need larger “clouds”, more memory on our phones, a bigger Netflix library and for photographers, an endless amount of hard drives. In short, more space is always more welcomed.
We embarked on a drive from Durban to Karkloof Spa in the Natal Midlands in a vehicle with offers more of exactly that, space. Befittingly named, the new Tiguan Allspace won’t help if your 256 GB IPhone X is full with 4K slo-mo video, but if you always find yourself with one bag (or person) too many on a family road trip, it will probably come in handy.
So what is the Tiguan Allspace? Volkswagen used the wonderful base that is the Tiguan and simply made it 215mm longer. While there are ever-so-slight design changes, the overall look and feel is pretty much identical to the now normal wheelbase Tiguan which most seemed to love. While 215mm might not sound like much, it equates to an increase in boot space volume of 115-litres which provides much more storage space, or two seats — the Tiguan Allspace gives you the option to choose.
While the Allspace is 7-seater vehicle, anyone that resembles a teenager or adult will really struggle to fit. The rear seats are much more suited for younger children and while you may feel like this really narrows down the uses, there are many scenarios in which they will come in handy. When not in use the third row of seats fold completely flat and I feel this is a setup which many will enjoy- spacious seating for fiveoccupants andd plenty of boot space.
As with the normal wheelbase Tiguan, the Allspace is lovely to drive with my favourite option being the Highline variant, as it is paired with a 2.0-litre 162kW petrol engine with DSG — the vehicle is practical, but the powertrain offers the element of fun we all enjoy and sometimes crave. The 110kW diesel variant also on offer really was impressing. Smooth, quiet and torquey are all great words to describe this option — whilst also being a cracker on fuel. I spent much more time with the new 132kW petrol option now available in the Allspace Comfortline, as we had a short but fiery love affair down the South Coast of Durban. While shy on power when compared with the Highline, the performance on offer is plenty for most situations and is a really cool option for those a little more conscious of price and fuel economy. There is also fourth option — a 110Kw 1.4 Petrol which falls into the Trendline spec and offers LED daytime running lights, the Lights and Visibility package, front underbody protection, Chrome trapezoidal panels for exhaust system tailpipes and privacy glass as standard over the Normal Wheelbase Tiguan.
If I can some the Tiguan Allspace up in just a few words, it would be “Beautifully Practical”. It offers the vibe, looks and personality that the NWB Tiguan offers but just with more space. Honestly, I can’t see a reason why I would choose a standard Tiguan over the Allspace as the extra space on offer makes a big difference, while the only compromise would really be a slightly higher price-which could be considered minor over the long term.
Karkloof really put the Tiguan Allspace into perspective, landscapes to make the eyes pop and fun for all the family and that really sums it up. Go further, more comfortably with the people that mean the most. While I would love to own a Tiguan, the only reason I could justify purchasing one is if I started a family…I will chat to my wife tonight.
Originally published at The Motorist.