The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace: Comfortline
As the father of three children under 12, I consider space a luxury – and especially when it comes to cars. So if having a lot of space is a good thing, having all that space has to be absolutely awesome, isn’t it?
Enter the Space Tiguan. An extended version of the regular Tiguan allows for the addition of a third row, making it the only seven-seater SUV available in Volkswagen’s lineup.
For my weekend test, I drove an entry-level Comfortline class with a 110TSI petrol engine. Priced at $ 40,490, it comes with standard creature comforts, including three-zone climate control, keyless entry (keyless keyless entry) and push-button start, LED headlights and alloy wheels. inch.
All of that is more than enough to keep the whole family happy. But there is only one way to find out.
The schedule was packed, with the Space Tiguan needed to help us run various errands around the city and suburbs.
In the base model casing, the exterior styling feels a bit simplistic – even for an SUV – with just the familiar sharp creases along the bonnet and its ribs to break. space.
Allspace offers the same width, at 1839mm, as the regular Tiguan and at 1665mm, it has the same height. But it’s 215mm longer than conventional cars, and I think this extended version offers better proportions, giving it an almost wagon appeal. Not a bad thing.
The tailgate is noticeably longer, too. In fact, they look bulky, and seem to be where most of the car’s metal has been used. They create a large opening that makes it easy to get in and out of the second row, and provides ample room for parents to bring their children in and out of car seats or capsules.
Access to the third row is made a bit harder thanks to the larger part of the 60/40 split second row located at the curb, and thus requires a bit more muscle to move forward.
Extra space has the added benefit of improving cabin ventilation. But while the interior looks nearly identical to the regular Tiguan, our test car lacks a premium feel. Although I am generally a fan of fabric chairs, the people in Allspace are not a particularly good example.
The front seats in particular look less than premium, and they lack the comfort and expected support of a vehicle at this price. Even so, my kids seemed to be very interested, happily kicking back in the second and third rows without any complaints.
My eldest daughter connected my smartphone to the 8.0-inch touch screen via Bluetooth in seconds and so her favorite playlist was tuned through the eight-speaker stereo in no time. double. The touch screen in our Allspace also controls sat nav (standard) and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The crisp touch screen interface is one of the better interfaces on the market. Simple and intuitive to use, my kids have no trouble navigating it. The only problem is that stout finger prints tend to dim the screen’s clarity after prolonged and repeated use.
In the second row, the kids are accompanied by temperature-controlled vents, two pull-down handcuffs, bottle-door racks and thoughtfully designed pull-out trays on the side. after every front seat. Each tray has a groove in the front to help kids stand up to their iPad – a nice touch.
Second-row seating for adults is abundant, largely thanks to the ability to move the entire row forward or back. I can sit in the back of my driving position with as much manual space as between the knees and the back of the seat, and with plenty of headroom.
For myself and the three children on board, the extra weight of Allspace does not seem to trouble the engine too much. But the acceleration from the start standing and midrange is best, and I feel it will start to struggle when fully loaded with seven passengers and equipment.
Time for the store weekly and then a trip to one of the local activity centers for kids to deport some energy.
Sitting under the bonnet of our Comfortline 110TSI is a 1.4k 110kW / 250Nm turbocharged four-cylinder engine, matched to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Comfortline 110TSI is the only variant in the range to come with front-wheel drive.
I found the dual-clutch transmission a bit unpredictable, tending to cling to the second gear for longer than necessary when accelerating, it sounds like it’s straining the small engine. It’s a minor nuisance that loses another interesting driving experience, with Allspace providing excellent driving and handling abilities on par with a regular Tiguan.
Allspace displays good maneuverability around our local supermarket parking lot and allows for more visibility on the front, rear and sides. The reversing camera image resolution is one of the best I see for both day and night driving and, along with front and rear parking sensors, make navigating tight spots easy. easy.
With the third row in use, there is still 230 liters of boot space – enough for a few kids scooters or weekly supermarket store. With the seats folded flat (and the upright second row) increased to an impressive 700 liters, an increase of 75 liters on the regular Tiguan.
Taking it to another notch with both flat folding rows provides a 1775-liter space like the van. Under the boot floor is the storage area for the cargo lid, and under the compartment is a space-saving spare wheel. Access to the boot is made easy, thanks to a powered tailgate with kick access when you have at hand full of groceries or kids.
There is a large amount of storage elsewhere in Tiguan, with various hiding holes and two large roof control compartments. You will be hard to run out of place to store things in this car.
Allspace is rated five-star (maximum) ANCAP with an impressive number of safety kits, including airbags extending to the third row, AEB (for city speeds and highways), pedestrian monitoring sets, automatic parking, lane keeping assist, and ‘Mobile brakes’ will brake the vehicle if someone is behind it while you are backing. More than enough to give any parent peace of mind.
Over the weekend, the four of us drove about 350km to drive in cities and cities, with the trip computer displaying fuel consumption of 9.7 liters / 100km. On the slightly higher and fairer side than the VW, claims 6.6 liters / 100km. It’s worth noting that the 58-liter fuel tank in the 110TSI variant is slightly smaller than the rest of the range.