VW unveils seven-seat Tiguan

VW unveils seven-seat Tiguan
VW unveils seven-seat Tiguan

Detroit motor show unveiling for longer £26k Tiguan

A longer Tiguan, the Allspace, has been revealed at the Detroit motor show.

A 110mm increase in the wheelbase has allowed VW to add 215mm to the total length of its mid-sized SUV, giving the option of a third two-seat row or an extra 115 litres of boot space for a new total space of 730 litres with the back seats folded flat.

The two-rows-folded space grows to 1770 litres, which is 180 litres more than the Nissan X-Trail with its third row folded, but 212 litres less than the Nissan in a like-for-like comparison where both rear sets of seats are flat.

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Compared to the Skoda Kodiaq in the same configurations, the Allspace is 50 litres up and 295 litres down on the Skoda. No information has been given on the Allspace’s cargo capacity with all three rows of seats upright.

Externally, apart from the extra length, only small changes to the bonnet and front grille distinguish the Allspace from the standard Tiguan. The revised engine range dispenses with the existing 125bhp petrol and 115bhp diesel units in favour of the 145bhp 1.4-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI engines. All-wheel drive and DSG are standard on all engines bar the 145bhp TSI, where they are optional.

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Our experience in a Tiguan Allspace prototype revealed a solid if unexciting drive, and the fact that only small children will fit comfortably in the two rear-row seats. However, as with the standard Tiguan, the Allspace cabin feels smart, comfortable and well built.

When it goes on sale in Europe in the latter part of this year buyers will have the choice of three trim levels: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. German prices are said to start at about €30,000 (£25,744). That’s around £3000 more than the regular Tiguan, which costs £23,140 in the UK.

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