Tiguan Allspace

Volkswagen’s new Tiguan Allspace is based on the successful Tiguan sport utility vehicle. The key differences between the two models is the Tiguan Allspace’s greater overall length and extended wheelbase, which together offer enough space to significantly increase the boot capacity and even include a third row of occasional seats.

Like the ‘classic’ Tiguan, the new Tiguan Allspace is built on Volkswagen’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) architecture. The versatility of this platform is once again showcased by the ability of the Tiguan Allspace to maintain the engaging driving characteristics of the regular model yet also provide more space and flexibility.

What that means for the Tiguan Allspace is a wheelbase that’s 109 mm longer than the Tiguan. To be precise, it has increased from 2,681 mm to 2,787 mm. This leads to a total length of 4,071 mm, which is an increase of 215 mm over the Tiguan. The resulting interior volume gives plenty of room for a third row of seats. This row is ideally suited to people up to 5 foot 2 inches tall and, in the UK, it is included as standard.

Therefore the Tiguan Allspace sits above the regular Tiguan as a separate vehicle in the comprehensive Volkswagen range. In extending its line-up of vehicles Volkswagen expects to attract new customers to the brand. From its launch in June 2016 to the end of December 2017, more than 40,000 units of the second generation Tiguan had been sold in the UK. In total, since the original Tiguan was launched in February 2008, more than 140,000 Tiguans have found a home in the UK.

Versatility is an important word in describing the new Tiguan Allspace. More luggage space is available when the third row of seats is folded and the capacity increases further when the middle row is also folded down. Five adults can fit comfortably in the car, with suitcases too. With five people in the car there is 700 litres of luggage space (Tiguan: 615). With the middle and rear rows of seats folded the luggage space increases to a total of 1,775 litres, which means items such as surfboards can be loaded into the rear of the car with ease. With all seven seats in place, the boot still measures 230 litres.

To make access to that luggage space as easy as possible, the tailgate opens electronically via either a button on the keyfob or by waving a foot under the car, depending on the vehicle trim.

In addition to creating a spacious interior for the Tiguan Allspace, Volkswagen designers have reworked the styling of the car so that the larger proportions retain the sculpted exterior of its smaller sibling. It features a sweeping front end and a unique silhouette, with a new roof design too. The dramatic appearance echoes the larger Atlas SUV sold in the American market.

Volkswagen’s advanced petrol and diesel engines power the Tiguan Allspace. The line-up contains five turbocharged engines, two petrol and three diesel. The petrol options include the 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS unit with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT). This means that two of the four cylinders shut down when the Tiguan Allspace is cruising, to further enhance fuel economy. This engine is available in front-wheel drive and six-speed manual gearbox configuration only.

The second petrol engine is mated to Volkswagen’s high-tech 4MOTION four-wheel drive system. The 2.0-litre TSI unit has an output of 180 PS. Drive comes exclusively via a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

Each diesel engine is a 2.0-litre TDI unit. All have Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), which means they feature the AdBlue engine additive. The 150 PS option is particularly versatile, and is offered in front-wheel or 4MOTION four-wheel drive options and, in both cases, with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

Greater power is provided by the 190 PS unit, which is only available with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The most powerful Tiguan Allspace engine is the 2.0-litre TDI with an output of 240 PS; this is also equipped with a 4MOTION four-wheel drive system and a seven-speed DSG gearbox. In terms of the sales split between 4MOTION and two-wheel drive, the ratio is very close to 1:1 in the regular Tiguan and this is expected to be the same in the Tiguan Allspace.

Three high-spec trim levels comprise the Tiguan Allspace range – SE Navigation, SEL and R-Line. This is in contrast to the regular Tiguan, which begins with the S and SE trims. For the Tiguan Allspace it’s SE Navigation that marks the entry point.

The top selling model is predicted to be the SE Nav with the 2.0-litre 150 PS TDI engine and 6-speed manual gearbox.

Every Tiguan Allspace is equipped with three rows of seats and an electric tailgate. All feature Volkswagen’s Discover Navigation infotainment system that comprises an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen and a variety of navigation options. Also included is DAB digital radio, a CD player, a Bluetooth mobile phone connection for two devices and two USB connections.

Safety systems feature strongly in the Tiguan Allspace range, with Electronic Stability Control and ASR (Traction Control) helping to ensure the car is stable at all times. Lane Assist is standard on every model. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), also standard, takes the strain out of longer journeys by tracking the car ahead and automatically accelerating and braking the Tiguan Allspace to maintain a safe gap. It works in conjunction with the standard Front Assist system, which uses a radar to give the driver a visual and audible early warning if a potential collision is detected and will then prime the brakes in preparation for an emergency stop.

SEL and R-Line trims have Active Info Display as standard, which is a 12.3-inch high resolution TFT display screen in the dash area. This is customisable and can show the driver a range of information about the car, including fuel usage and consumption, navigation instruction, a rolling map and the classic speed and gear display.

Continuing with SEL and R-Line, these models have a panoramic sunroof that is complemented by LED ambient lighting. LEDs feature on the exterior, too, with LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. These include Dynamic Light Assist, which uses a masking function to allow the main beam to be left on continuously without dazzling oncoming traffic. Dynamic Curve Lighting also features. It improves vision by turning the side lights in the direction of the steering wheel.

Tiguan Allspace SELs with the 2.0-litre BiTDI 240 PS diesel engine are equipped with Dynamic Chassis Control, which offers the driver a choice of three suspension settings ranging from Sport to Comfort and Normal.

R-Line specification adds a sporty edge to the styling of the Tiguan Allspace. The 19-inch ‘Victoria’ alloy wheels that feature on the SEL trim are swapped for 20-inch ‘Suzuka’ wheels. Sports suspension lowers the ride height by approx. 15 mm, unless the optional Dynamic Chassis Control is fitted.

Alongside the 20-inch wheels is the R-Line styling pack, which adds a rear roof spoiler and a ‘Piano Black’ front air intake and rear diffuser. The front and rear bumpers are unique to the R-Line trim, as are the body-coloured side skirts with chrome trim. On the inside the rooflining is black and the front seats are trimmed with ‘Race’ cloth and ‘San Remo’ microfibre, plus an R-Line logo.

The new Tiguan Allspace joined the Volkswagen range in the UK on 3 January 2018.

SUMMARY

  • New Tiguan Allspace offers more room for luggage, and passengers, than ever before in a Volkswagen SUV of this class, with up to seven seats and as much as 700 litres of load space (third row folded flat, luggage to seat-back height) or 1,775 litres (middle and third row seats all folded flat)
  • Unique design features for the Allspace include lengthened rear doors, while the bonnet has also been raised at the front above the radiator grille to adapt the proportions to the longer overall length. A unique, defining line accentuates the side window design that rises behind the C-pillar. The roof has also been redesigned: striking structural lines are being used for the first time instead of a smooth roof surface
  • Just like the ‘classic’ Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace is also available in on-road and off-road versions. The latter combines an ‘off-road package’ together with special engine underbody protection that extends to the bumper. The off-road front section improves the vehicle's ramp angle by seven degrees
  • A variety of the latest TSI (petrol) and TDI (turbo diesel) engines power the new Tiguan Allspace. All are Euro 6 compliant and the diesel range offers 2.0 TDI units of 150 PS, 190 PS and biturbo 240 PS outputs
  • The petrol line-up includes the use of the proven 1.4 TSI petrol (150 PS) with ACT Active Cylinder Technology to deliver cylinder deactivation, and a 2.0 TSI with 180 PS
  • Gearbox options include six-speed manual, or seven-speed DSG units
  • New Tiguan Allspace of course also remains capable of off-road driving, with a rugged 4MOTION all-wheel drive system that includes premium class technology for use on and off paved surfaces
  • Cutting-edge technology and connectivity mean, in this case, the option of Volkswagen’s Active Info Display (fully digital instruments) and a Head-up Display. A variety of latest generation MEB infotainment systems are also available, including the Discover Navigation Pro system which offers, as standard, Gesture Control
  • Depending on the infotainment system fitted, the Car-Net ‘Security and Service’ online services and Car Net ‘Guide and Inform’ online information functions are also included. The standard App Connect function connects the infotainment system with all popular smartphones via MirrorLink™ (Android), CarPlay™ (Apple) and Android Auto™ (Google)
  • UK market information: Tiguan is the third best-selling car in the Volkswagen range in the UK, with sales of 29,121 in 2017 (Golf, including hatch, estate and Golf SV, was the best-seller with sales of 77,231 in the same period)
  • Total Volkswagen sales in the UK in 2017, including passenger-carrying CV models, were 208,462. Thus, roughly one in ten new Volkswagens sold in the UK in 2017 was badged Tiguan
  • The ‘A SUV’ segment, in which Tiguan Allspace sits, grew by more than 22% in 2016 v 2015
  • The five-door Tiguan Allspace is offered in the same trim levels as Tiguan, but with a higher entry level point. The Tiguan Allspace range begins with the SE Nav models
  • Best-seller in the new range in the UK is likely to be the SE Nav 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6-speed manual 4MOTION
  • The fleet/retail split is anticipated to be approximately 45 % fleet/55 % retail
  • New Tiguan Allspace opened for order in January 2018, with first deliveries beginning in the same month

MARKET INFORMATION

Volkswagen is launching the Tiguan Allspace into the North American, Chinese and European markets.

It fits into the ‘A SUV’ segment, which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the international market for new cars. Comparing 2016 to 2015, it grew by 22 per cent.

In the United Kingdom the first generation of Tiguan sold more in its final full year on sale than in any of the previous seven years, and in total more than 100,000 of the models have been sold here. The second generation Tiguan went on sale in the UK in April 2016 and the model continues to be one of Volkswagen’s three pillars in the UK market, with 29,121 sold from January to December 2017. That compares with around 47,800 Polos and 77,200 Golfs (all versions) in the same time period.

The Tiguan Allspace is one part of a concerted SUV strategy that Volkswagen is deploying around the world. This will result in the brand producing a range of up to six SUVs.

The largest is called the Atlas in North America and is named Teramont in the Middle East and China. It went on sale in those markets in 2017.

Here, the largest Volkswagen SUV is the Touareg. The new Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace fits into the line-up between the Touareg and the ‘classic’ Tiguan. While it is based on the Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace differs in that it is longer and has space for three rows of seats.

Volkswagen has recently launched the all-new T-Roc compact SUV, which sits below the Tiguan. This model blends the dominance of an SUV with the dynamism of a compact hatchback.

Later this year Volkswagen will launch the all-new Touareg. And a further addition to Volkswagen’s comprehensive SUV range was hinted at with the unveiling of the T-Cross Breeze concept car at the 2016 Geneva motor show. This model will sit below T-Roc and will be an affordable model in the Polo class.

Looking further ahead, the I.D. CROZZ all-electric SUV was unveiled at the Geneva motor show in 2017 and was updated for the Frankfurt motor show, also in 2017. It sits on Volkswagen’s all-new all-electric MEB (Modular Electric Drive Kit) platform.

Volkswagen’s SUV line-up: lengths and wheelbases

 

Length (mm)

Wheelbase (mm)

Atlas/Teramont

5,037

2,979

Touareg

4,801

2,893

Tiguan Allspace

4,701

2,787

Tiguan

4,486

2,681

T-Roc

4,234

2,590

T-Cross Breeze¹

4,133

2,565

¹concept car

Production
Around 415,000 vehicles were built at Volkswagen de México’s Puebla plant in 2016. Located 75 miles south east of Mexico City, the factory builds the Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet, as well as some variants of the Golf and Jetta. From the middle of 2017 it also became the home of Tiguan Allspace production. Like the Beetle, every Tiguan Allspace is built in this one facility and is then exported around the world.

Volkswagen’s Puebla plant is the largest vehicle manufacturing facility in Mexico and within its 3,000,000 square metre area there are 550,000 square metres of buildings. Like all Volkswagen factories, it is included in the company’s ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ initiative.

The aim of this worldwide programme is to reduce the environmental impact of vehicle production. Specifically, this means reducing energy and water consumption, and reducing waste and emissions that result from the manufacturing process. Ultimately, Volkswagen intends all its plants to be 25 per cent more environmentally compatible by 2018 when compared with 2010.

History
Volkswagen de México was founded in 1964 and as of January 2017 it had 14,600 employees. As well as the Puebla plant there is the Silao engine manufacturing facility that opened in January 2013 and was the Volkswagen Group’s 100th plant. In 2016 it produced 327,000 engines, some of which were exported to the Chattanooga plant in the USA. In 2016 the Volkswagen Group sold 247,000 vehicles in Mexico.

MECHANICAL DESIGN

MQB platform
As with a growing number of Volkswagen brand and Group models, the new Tiguan Allspace uses as its base the Volkswagen Group’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or, as an English translation, Modular Transverse Matrix.

The introduction of the MQB strategy with the arrival of Golf MkVII in 2012 represented a turning point in the design and production of future automobiles with transverse-mounted engines as it standardised many vehicle component parameters – across brands and vehicle classes – and at the same time, it offered access to new technologies.

The MQB currently extends from the A0 to the B segment. At the Volkswagen brand, for example, it covers the following models: Polo, Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace, Passat, and, in North America and China, the Atlas/Teramont large SUV.

Thus all of these models could theoretically be produced on the same assembly line – despite their different wheelbases and track widths. It is also possible to produce MQB models of different brands together on the same line.

One of the prominent characteristics of the Modular Transverse Matrix is the uniform mounting position of all engines. Two systems integrated in the MQB strategy which play a key role here are the modular petrol (MOB) and diesel (MDB) engine systems.

By introducing these engine series, the number of engine and gearbox variants offered by the Group has been reduced by around 90 per cent, without restricting choice. In addition to standardising conventional internal combustion engines, the MQB also enables an identical mounting position for all current alternative drive concepts without limitations – from natural gas and hybrid versions to pure electric drive.

Engines, transmissions and running gear
For the Tiguan Allspace, the engine range consists of five units, which can be further tailored to either front-wheel drive or 4MOTION drivetrains, and in some cases to six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearboxes.

The petrol options consist of two diverse units, beginning with a particularly fuel efficient 1.4-litre 150 PS unit and concluding with a powerful 2.0-litre 180 PS engine.

The diesel units have a greater degree of variation, with a 150 PS engine available with two- or four-wheel drive and a manual or a DSG automatic gearbox. The diesel range is completed with a 190 PS unit and a 240 PS unit.

Overview of engine/gearbox pairings

Engine

6-spd man

7-spd DSG

Front-wheel drive

4MOTION

1.4 TSI ACT 150 PS

Std

Option

Std

 

2.0 TSI 180 PS

 

Std

 

Std

2.0 TDI SCR 150 PS

Std

Option

Std

Option

2.0 TDI SCR 190 PS

 

Std

 

Std

2.0 TDI SCR 240 PS

 

Std

 

Std


Petrol (TSI) engines in detail

1.4 TSI ACT 140 PS
Available with front-wheel drive only, this engine incudes ACT. This is Active Cylinder Management and it describes the process whereby two of the four cylinders will shut down when the Tiguan Allspace is in cruise mode to further enhance fuel efficiency. The system is designed so that the two cylinders will start up immediately and imperceptibly as soon as more power is required.

The engine meets the EU6 emissions standards and is a four-cylinder unit with four valves per cylinder. It’s available exclusively in front-wheel drive with a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG gearbox. Torque is 250 Nm at 1,500 – 3,500 rpm and power is 150 PS at 5,000 – 6,000 rpm. That gives a 0-62 mph time of 9.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 124 mph (123 mph for DSG-equipped models).

With the manual gearbox the combined fuel consumption is 46.3 mpg and the CO₂ figure is 137 g/km. For the DSG, the combined mpg figure is 43.5 and CO₂ is 148 g/km.

2.0 TSI 180 PS
The most powerful petrol engine available for the Tiguan Allspace is also only available with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and the seven-speed DSG gearbox.

The engine meets EU6 emissions standards and is a four-cylinder unit with four valves per cylinder. Torque is 320 Nm at 1,500 – 3,940 rpm and power tops out at 180 PS at 3,940 – 6,000 rpm. The zero to 62 mph sprint is completed in 8.2 seconds and the maximum speed is 129 mph.

Combined fuel economy is 36.7 mpg and the CO₂ figure is 175 g/km.

Diesel (TDI) engines in detail

2.0 SCR 150 PS
The engine meets EU6 emissions standards and is a four-cylinder unit with four valves per cylinder. It is fitted with a turbocharger and a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). It is also equipped with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction). This is a method of removing oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by using AdBlue, a water/urea additive. The more economically the car is driven, the less AdBlue is used.

This engine is particularly versatile and is offered with two-wheel or four-wheel drive and with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

In two-wheel drive, manual gearbox configuration the engine reaches 150 PS at 3,500 – 4,000 rpm and reaches a peak torque figure of 340 Nm at 1,750 – 3,000 rpm. The 0-62 mph sprint takes 9.8 seconds and the Tiguan Allspace will continue to 126 mph. The CO₂ figure on the combined cycle is 131 g/km.

Looking at the 4MOTION four-wheel drive, seven-speed DSG configuration, the maximum speed is 123 mph, with a 0-62 mph figure of 9.9 seconds. The power and torque figures are the same as above but the CO₂ figure on the combined cycle is 153 g/km.

2.0 SCR 190 PS
Only available with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG gearbox, this engine meets EU6 emissions standards and is a four-cylinder unit with four valves per cylinder. It is fitted with a turbocharger, SCR and a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). Torque is 400 Nm at 1,900 – 3,300 rpm and power peaks at 190 PS at 3,500 – 4,000 rpm.

From a standstill to 62 mph takes 8.6 seconds, while the Tiguan Allspace will continue to 130 mph. Fuel economy on the combined cycle is 47.9 mpg and the CO₂ figure is 153 g/km.

2.0 SCR 240 PS
The most powerful Tiguan Allspace engine available is equipped with 4MOTION and a seven-speed DSG gearbox. It meets EU6 emissions standards and is a four-cylinder unit with four valves per cylinder. It is fitted with a turbocharger, SCR and a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter).

Torque is 500 Nm at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm and peak power is 240 PS at 4,000 rpm. That gives a 0-62 mph time of 6.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 142 mph. The combined fuel economy figure is 43.5 mpg and the CO₂ figure is 170 g/km.

Engine line-up summary

Engine

Power

Gearbox

Drive

CO₂*

1.4 TSI ACT

150 PS

6-speed man

Front-wheel

137

1.4 TSI ACT

150 PS

7-speed DSG

Front-wheel

148

2.0 TSI

180 PS

7-speed DSG

4MOTION

175

2.0 TDI SCR

150 PS

6-speed man

Front-wheel

131

2.0 TDI SCR

150 PS

7-speed DSG

Front-wheel

132

2.0 TDI SCR

150 PS

6-speed man

4MOTION

150

2.0 TDI SCR

150 PS

7-speed DSG

4MOTION

153

2.0 TDI SCR

190 PS

7-speed DSG

4MOTION

153

2.0 TDI SCR

240 PS

7-speed DSG

4MOTION

170


Running gear
All-wheel drive is a key feature for many Tiguan buyers and is expected to be so for Tiguan Allspace customers. In the UK, 50 per cent of buyers of the regular Tiguan opt for all-wheel drive. This is expected to be broadly similar in the Tiguan Allspace. The new Tiguan Allspace comes with the highly efficient 4MOTION all-wheel drive system either as an option or as standard, depending on the engine selected.

Offering great grip on the roughest roads and in the worst weather, 4MOTION constantly monitors driving conditions and reacts to the slightest wheel slip, delivering extra traction to the wheels with the most grip. All this happens in milliseconds, through control units linked to the car’s dynamic sensors, engine management system and gearbox. At the heart of the system is an inter-axle differential – a fifth generation Haldex coupling – which shares power between the front and rear axle, sending it where it’s most needed. At the same time, the smaller differences in rotational speed when cornering or manoeuvring have to be balanced to stop torsional stresses in the drive train. The differential is designed to work with the car’s other active safety systems such as the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability programme (ESP).

The Tiguan Allspace can be ordered with an ‘Off road pack’ pack with a special front end that provides an approach angle of 24 degrees instead of the usual 16.9 degrees. The departure angle at the rear is 14.5 degrees for all versions, while the ramp angle is 14.9 degrees. Regardless of whether the vehicle has an on-road or off-road front end design, the Tiguan Allspace is engineered for very large trailer loads of up to 2,000 kgs (braked) for front-wheel drive models and 2,500 kgs for 4MOTION models, depending on exact engine and gearbox specified.

Like the Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace models with 4MOTION four-wheel drive feature the high-tech 4MOTION Active Control. This is an intuitively operated rotary/push-button switch that is located on the centre console and allows the driver to activate one of four driving modes. When the driver turns the switch to the left one of the two road profiles: ‘Onroad’ or ‘Snow’ is activated. When the switch is turned to the right, the driver selects one of the two off-road profiles: ‘Offroad’ (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or ‘Offroad Individual’ (variable settings). When driving off-road, 4MOTION Active Control lets drivers switch the assistance systems in seconds with a single manual operation.

Off-road, the Tiguan Allspace is nothing short of a confident performer. The electronic accelerator pedal can be metered precisely and if the 4MOTION is equipped with DSG, the dual clutch gearbox upshifts later. The driver can avoid mandatory shifts by changing gears via the tip gate (+/-); this also facilitates engine braking. In this case “automatic freewheeling” is deactivated, which is decoupling of the engine to make use of the kinetic energy of coasting. Traction control (ASR) governs engine speed and simultaneously manages traction and driving stability. In parallel, the steering system and adaptive damper control switch over to a suitable driving profile. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) activates the Off-road characteristic, and the driver assistance systems for hill ascent and descent come into play. In addition, the dynamic cornering lights open up a brighter and wider light pattern near the car.

The driving experience is further optimised by the optionally available Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC). The chassis control system delivers a breadth of choices to suit different driving styles – very conveniently at the push of a button. Meanwhile, the optional progressive steering system assures precise and dynamic driving (this is standard on Tiguan Allspace R-Line).

DESIGN

Interior design
The Tiguan Allspace combines versatility, practicality and comfort. When its designers embarked on meeting these goals, they began by extending the wheelbase. This directly increased space inside the car, for example the middle row passengers have an extra 54 mm of knee room, and allowed the addition of the standard third row of seats. In terms of the total length, the Tiguan Allspace is longer than the ‘classic’ Tiguan and features a larger rear overhang.

It’s quick and easy to fold the seats flat and open up even more space. With the third seat row folded flat, where it integrates into the cargo floor, the luggage volume increases by 85 litres compared to the regular Tiguan model. Tiguan Allspace, like Tiguan, features a rear bench that can slide fore or aft by a total of 180 mm. With this moved to its forward-most position the luggage volume is a formidable 700 litres. Even more impressive: with the middle and the third rows of seats folded flat luggage volume is increased to 1,775 litres.

 

Tiguan Allspace

Tiguan

Difference

Length (mm)

4,701

4,486

+215

Wheelbase (mm)

2,790

2,681

+109

Seat rows

3

2

+1

Passengers

7

5

+2

Luggage space with seven passengers, loaded to seat-back height

230

n/a

n/a

Luggage space with five passengers, loaded to seat-back height (litres)

700

615

+85

Luggage volume with all seats folded flat, loaded to roof (litres)

1,775

1,655

+120


The comfort of the driver and passengers, plus practicality and quality, are key themes in any Volkswagen interior and this is true of the Tiguan Allspace. The steering wheel can be moved up and down as well as adjusted for optimum reach, while both the front seats and the rear bench slide forwards and backwards. The infotainment screen is placed prominently and angled slightly towards the driver, and the cabin has a variety of useful storage compartments. This includes substantial front and rear storage hatches mounted in the centre of the roof.

‘Checker Flag’ decorative inserts add character to the dash in the SE Navigation trim and this contrasts with the ‘Lasano’ cloth. From the SEL trim the dash inserts are finished in ‘Piano Black’ and the seats are covered in ‘Lounge’ cloth with Art Velours microfleece. R-Line features a black roof lining as well as ‘Race’ cloth with microfibre bolsters. Stainless steel pedals and door sill protectors complete the sporty look.

SEL and R-Line cars feature Volkswagen’s advanced Active Info Display as standard, which is a 12.3-inch high resolution TFT display screen located in place of the traditional instrument binnacle. This offers customisable information via a variety of menus. The satellite navigation map can be switched to this screen, allowing easy viewing for the driver. Other information that can be displayed includes fuel consumption, range, journey time, radio station, and much more besides. Of course, the classic speedo and rev counter can be displayed too.

Exterior design
Volkswagen’s designers concentrated on ensuring the larger proportions of the Tiguan Allspace didn’t detract from the sharp styling that has proven so appealing to buyers of the ‘classic’ Tiguan.

To achieve this aim, the attention shown to the finer design detail on the Tiguan Allspace is impressive. As an example, the radiator grille is higher in comparison to the standard Tiguan. The bonnet is more upright at the front, and carries different accent lines from front to rear.

Most obviously, the rear doors are longer and this fulfils the objective of ensuring entry to the third row of seats is easy. From this point of the car and rearwards, everything is new when compared to the regular Tiguan. The bodywork follows a different contour and the side window design features a sharper curve upwards where it rises directly behind the C-pillar.

Structural lines flow over the roof, which is in contrast to the roof of the regular Tiguan and pays homage to classic SUVs. Underneath the Tiguan Allspace granite grey underbody protection is fitted as standard. The overall concept of the vehicle bears strong similarities to the Atlas model sold in North America (named Teramont in China and Middle East).

Volkswagen ensures that its SUVs are as competent off the road as they are on it. Available as an option is an ‘off-road pack’ that brings different bumpers to the front section to the Tiguan Allspace. This increases the approach angle to 24 degrees and includes additional underbody protection that reaches to the front bumper.

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
ACC Adaptive Cruise Control helps to avoid accidents by always keeping your car at a safe distance from the traffic ahead. This system is standard on the Tiguan Allspace and works with the radar-controlled Front Assist traffic monitoring system. The system keeps the car a safe distance from the vehicle in front and helps to make driving easier in slow and stop and go traffic. It means driving is more relaxed and comfortable on long journeys.

The desired speed limit is set by the driver via a touch of a button and the Adaptive Cruise Control will then brake and accelerate the car up to that limit. The safe-distance technology builds on the familiar cruise control system by adding a radar sensor. It immediately detects traffic slowing ahead and automatically reduces the Tiguan Allspace’s speed to match. If the car is too close to the vehicle in front, it will warn the driver in two stages. First with visual and acoustic signals, and then with a short braking jolt. If necessary, the system will bring the Tiguan Allspace to a complete stop.

It does this with the help of the Front Assist system which primes the brakes if it senses a collision is likely, shortening the stopping distance when the driver hits the brake pedal.

Lane Assist
Lane Assist is like a friendly co-driver that’s fitted to every Tiguan Allspace. If it senses the car is drifting out of its lane it gently counter-steers back on line.

Since many accidents are caused by cars leaving their lanes when the driver's concentration falters, this system makes driving safer and easier. The lane-keeping assistant uses a camera located in the rear-view mirror unit to monitor the road markings and prevent an unintended deviation. The system only intervenes if the Tiguan Allspace’s indicators are not activated, so if the driver wants to change lanes and signals their intention, the intelligent system recognises this and Lane Assist temporarily switches off.

If the driver lets go of the steering wheel, a visual and audible warning is triggered and Lane Assist switches off after approximately five seconds.

Front Assist and City emergency braking
Both of these systems are standard on every Tiguan Allspace. Front Assist monitors the traffic situation in front of the car, warning the driver when they get too close and even applying the brakes to help avoid a collision.

Judging the speed and distance of other road users isn’t always easy, so Front Assist is constantly monitoring the road ahead. It uses radar sensors to measure the distance and relative speed of other vehicles and provides the driver with an early warning system. If it detects a potential rear-end collision, Front Assist alerts the driver visually and audibly, while also preparing the brakes for emergency braking.

The City emergency brake function is active in urban traffic at speeds up to 19 miles per hour. If the driver doesn’t brake enough Front Assist boosts the braking pressure to prevent a collision. And if the driver doesn’t brake at all Front Assist automatically steps in and does it.

Emergency Assist
Emergency Assist offers more safety than ever. If the driver becomes incapacitated for health reasons the system slows the car down within system limits and brings it to a complete stop, traffic behind permitting. It’s available as an option on Tiguan Allspaces fitted with a DSG automatic gearbox.

Emergency Assist combines ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), Side Assist (lane change system), Lane Assist (lane departure warning) and Park Assist (park assist steering) into a single system. Once the sensors determine that the driver has not operated the accelerator, brake pedal or steering wheel over a specified period of time, the system network implements specifically targeted countermeasures.

The driver is initially warned and “woken” by means of acoustic, optical and haptic signals (braking jolt). If the driver still does not respond, the Emergency Assist system activates the hazard warning lights; additionally the Tiguan Allspace initiates slight steering manoeuvres using Park Assist (electromechanical power steering intervention) and Lane Assist (camera based lane detection) in order to alert fellow road users to the hazardous situation.

Side Scan
Optional on all versions of the Tiguan Allspace, Side Scan increases safety and driver convenience. It’s a radar sensor-controlled warning system for lane changing and monitoring the blind spot. It works by flashing an orange light in the door mirror if a vehicle is in the blind spot.

Area View
Optionally available across the range, this system features four separate cameras located in the rear tailgate, door mirrors and radiator grille. Together they provide a 360-degree view around the Tiguan Allspace.

This helps the driver to manoeuvre with confidence in any direction. The driver can select up to 12 possible views of the vehicle, from the front, rear or side, on either full or split-screen displayed on the infotainment system. Should the optional Discover Navigation Pro system be specified, the driver will also gain a bird’s-eye view around the Tiguan Allspace.

Trailer Assist
The Tiguan Allspace effortlessly tows a trailer or caravan and, depending on the choice of engine, can tow up to a maximum weight of 2.5 tons. Trailer Assist, which is available in a package including Park Assist and a rear-view camera, helps the driver reverse more easily and accurately with a trailer or caravan attached.

An optical display visualises actual and possible steering angles in the instrument cluster. Reverse steering is automatic, with direction controlled via the mirror adjustment switch which acts as a joystick, while the driver controls the pedals and keeps a good look out. The feature, optional on all models, is available in conjunction with the optional swivelling towbar.

INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS

The Tiguan Allspace comes with the Discover Navigation infotainment system as standard equipment. It is part of the latest generation of Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB) devices.

Discover Navigation
With its clear glass surface and integrated 8-inch colour display (800 x 400 resolution, 20.3 cm screen diagonal), the design of the Discover Navigation system is reminiscent of a tablet. In addition to two rotary/push-button controls, the system has eight function buttons.

The sound of the infotainment system (4 x 20 watts) is output over eight loudspeakers. Along with SD card and Aux-In interfaces, it offers a USB port (also compatible with Apple), a Bluetooth connection for mobile phones and a CD drive which is of course MP3-compatible.

The GPS-based navigation system includes software updates at no charge for three years. In addition, this includes a licence for Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ services which is also free-of-charge for three years.

The ‘Security and Service Plus’ package (three-year service term) is available as an option from SEL spec, which includes the eCall system for calling the emergency services (10-year subscription).

The latest MIB systems are tailored in both appearance and functionality to work with the Tiguan Allspace’s optional 12.3-inch Active Info Display (standard from SEL), giving rise to a fully digital world of displays and controls.

Discover Navigation Pro
Optionally, Tiguan Allspace buyers can choose the Discover Navigation Pro system. Equipped with Gesture Control and an impressive, glass covered 9.2-inch display (1,280 x 640 pixels, 23.4 cm screen diagonal), this unit sees all control inputs made via the touchscreen and five capacitive touch controls along the left border of the infotainment system.

As intuitive as a smartphone: pressing the “Home” button takes the user back to the home screen from any submenu in a fraction of a second. Updates for the navigation software and a licence for ‘Guide and Inform’ are also integrated here.

The range of equipment offered with the Discover Navigation Pro system also includes an amplifier with 4 x 20 watts of output power, a DVD drive, a USB port (Apple compatible), two SD card slots, Aux-In, an SSD drive with 64 GB of storage, a full range of music playback options, a movie player, jukebox, podcast player, as well as navigation. Options include a wireless smartphone charging facility, depending on handset compatibility.

The driver can customise the appearance of the home screen of the Discover Navigation Pro. Always arranged in a large field on the left side of the display is the navigation function; on the right, two smaller fields are available, one above the other. Functions can be custom-assigned to these two interactive display panels to create a multiple information display.

The system features Gesture Control, touch functions and voice control. The unit is also equipped with a proximity sensor that makes other menu items appear on the display when a hand approaches the screen.

DIGITAL INSTRUMENTS

Active Info Display
Standard on SEL and R-Line is Active Info Display. Here, the instruments are displayed virtually via software on the 12.3-inch Active Info Display. Its 1,440 x 540 pixel resolution enables extremely precise and sophisticated rendering of all details.

There are five different information profiles, in which the kind of information and graphics displayed changes in certain areas. The driver can select from ‘Classic’, ‘Consumption & Range’, ‘Efficiency’, ‘Performance & Driver Assistance’ or ‘Navigation’, and the interactive elements of the Active Info Display are illustrated well by the Navigation profile. Here, the speedometer and rev counter are relocated to the sides to make more room for the navigation map in the middle.

Information on driving, navigation and assistance functions can also be integrated into the speedometer and rev counter graphics as necessary. Data such as telephone contact images and CD covers can also be displayed in the Active Info Display.

Head-up display
The optional head-up display projects key information such as vehicle speed or navigation pictograms directly into the driver’s primary field of vision.

Thanks to this projection, drivers can keep their eyes on the road while looking at data such as speed. Using the infotainment system menu the driver can decide which information they would like to view: current speed, speed limit, navigation instructions, information from the assistance systems and/or warnings.

The head-up display in the Tiguan Allspace is a ‘combined solution’ in that the data is projected onto an extendable glass panel in front of the windscreen. When it is not being used, the display panel is protected by being lowered into the dashboard, and the opening has a flush fit.

CONNECTIVITY VIA APPS AND ONLINE SERVICES

App Connect
The latest generation Modular Infotainment Matrix allows the simple connection of the Tiguan Allspace with today’s Apple and Android smartphones via App Connect. Along with MirrorLink™ (Android), App Connect now also integrates Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ (Google) into the infotainment systems.

Car-Net ‘Security and Service’
Volkswagen offers the ‘Security and Service’ package as standard on the Tiguan Allspace SEL and R-Line. It gives the driver access to real-time help in a wide range of situations. Highlights include features such as ‘Emergency Service’, ‘Automatic accident reporting’, ‘Roadside service’ and ‘Service scheduling’ (scheduling routine maintenance with the service garage).

In addition, the Car-Net app or Car-Net portal can be used to access various vehicle status data such as fuel level and parking position, as well as activate certain functions. For instance, the optional auxiliary heater can be started remotely.

Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’
Various online services can be accessed using ‘Guide and Inform’, which is included in every Tiguan Allspace. It includes a range of services for the Discover Navigation system and an extended range for the Discover Navigation Pro system.

Services available for Discover Navigation include ‘Online POI Search’, ‘Online Destination Import’, ‘Route Import’, ‘Fuel Info’ (location and price), ‘News’, ‘Parking Info’ (location and price), ‘Weather’, and ‘Online Traffic Information’.

The Discover Navigation Pro system also includes voice-activated ‘Online POI Search’,

‘Online Map Update’ and ‘Online Grace Note’ which can be used to load album cover information into the vehicle.

Climate Control
A new ‘3Zone’ automatic climate control system is fitted as standard in the Tiguan Allspace. It allows the rear passengers, front passenger and driver to adjust the temperature and fan speed of their own area of the car.

SERVICING AND WARRANTY

Servicing
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Tiguan Allspace. They can choose Fixed Service or Flexible Service and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

The Fixed Service regime is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

  • Predominantly urban driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking. In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months

Flexible Service is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys. The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner.

In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service. A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed.

With the Flexible regime, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 20,000 miles (approx.) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes.

An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Fixed and Flexible at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s lifetime it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

Warranty
The Tiguan Allspace has a three-year (first- and second-year manufacturer operated, third-year retailer-operated) / 60,000-mile mechanical warranty. In addition, it comes with a 12-year body protection guarantee, three-year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Roadside Assistance which includes European breakdown cover. The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

Volkswagen’s new Tiguan Allspace is based on the successful Tiguan sport utility vehicle. The key differences between the two models is the Tiguan Allspace’s greater overall length and extended wheelbase, which together offer enough space to significantly increase the boot capacity and even include a third row of occasional seats.

Like the ‘classic’ Tiguan, the new Tiguan Allspace is built on Volkswagen’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) architecture. The versatility of this platform is once again showcased by the ability of the Tiguan Allspace to maintain the engaging driving characteristics of the regular model yet also provide more space and flexibility.

What that means for the Tiguan Allspace is a wheelbase that’s 109 mm longer than the Tiguan. To be precise, it has increased from 2,681 mm to 2,787 mm. This leads to a total length of 4,071 mm, which is an increase of 215 mm over the Tiguan. The resulting interior volume gives plenty of room for a third row of seats. This row is ideally suited to people up to 5 foot 2 inches tall and, in the UK, it is included as standard.

Therefore the Tiguan Allspace sits above the regular Tiguan as a separate vehicle in the comprehensive Volkswagen range. In extending its line-up of vehicles Volkswagen expects to attract new customers to the brand. From its launch in June 2016 to the end of December 2017, more than 40,000 units of the second generation Tiguan had been sold in the UK. In total, since the original Tiguan was launched in February 2008, more than 140,000 Tiguans have found a home in the UK.

Versatility is an important word in describing the new Tiguan Allspace. More luggage space is available when the third row of seats is folded and the capacity increases further when the middle row is also folded down. Five adults can fit comfortably in the car, with suitcases too. With five people in the car there is 700 litres of luggage space (Tiguan: 615). With the middle and rear rows of seats folded the luggage space increases to a total of 1,775 litres, which means items such as surfboards can be loaded into the rear of the car with ease. With all seven seats in place, the boot still measures 230 litres.

To make access to that luggage space as easy as possible, the tailgate opens electronically via either a button on the keyfob or by waving a foot under the car, depending on the vehicle trim.

In addition to creating a spacious interior for the Tiguan Allspace, Volkswagen designers have reworked the styling of the car so that the larger proportions retain the sculpted exterior of its smaller sibling. It features a sweeping front end and a unique silhouette, with a new roof design too. The dramatic appearance echoes the larger Atlas SUV sold in the American market.

Volkswagen’s advanced petrol and diesel engines power the Tiguan Allspace. The line-up contains five turbocharged engines, two petrol and three diesel. The petrol options include the 1.4-litre TSI 150 PS unit with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT). This means that two of the four cylinders shut down when the Tiguan Allspace is cruising, to further enhance fuel economy. This engine is available in front-wheel drive and six-speed manual gearbox configuration only.

The second petrol engine is mated to Volkswagen’s high-tech 4MOTION four-wheel drive system. The 2.0-litre TSI unit has an output of 180 PS. Drive comes exclusively via a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

Each diesel engine is a 2.0-litre TDI unit. All have Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), which means they feature the AdBlue engine additive. The 150 PS option is particularly versatile, and is offered in front-wheel or 4MOTION four-wheel drive options and, in both cases, with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

Greater power is provided by the 190 PS unit, which is only available with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The most powerful Tiguan Allspace engine is the 2.0-litre TDI with an output of 240 PS; this is also equipped with a 4MOTION four-wheel drive system and a seven-speed DSG gearbox. In terms of the sales split between 4MOTION and two-wheel drive, the ratio is very close to 1:1 in the regular Tiguan and this is expected to be the same in the Tiguan Allspace.

Three high-spec trim levels comprise the Tiguan Allspace range – SE Navigation, SEL and R-Line. This is in contrast to the regular Tiguan, which begins with the S and SE trims. For the Tiguan Allspace it’s SE Navigation that marks the entry point.

The top selling model is predicted to be the SE Nav with the 2.0-litre 150 PS TDI engine and 6-speed manual gearbox.

Every Tiguan Allspace is equipped with three rows of seats and an electric tailgate. All feature Volkswagen’s Discover Navigation infotainment system that comprises an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen and a variety of navigation options. Also included is DAB digital radio, a CD player, a Bluetooth mobile phone connection for two devices and two USB connections.

Safety systems feature strongly in the Tiguan Allspace range, with Electronic Stability Control and ASR (Traction Control) helping to ensure the car is stable at all times. Lane Assist is standard on every model. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), also standard, takes the strain out of longer journeys by tracking the car ahead and automatically accelerating and braking the Tiguan Allspace to maintain a safe gap. It works in conjunction with the standard Front Assist system, which uses a radar to give the driver a visual and audible early warning if a potential collision is detected and will then prime the brakes in preparation for an emergency stop.

SEL and R-Line trims have Active Info Display as standard, which is a 12.3-inch high resolution TFT display screen in the dash area. This is customisable and can show the driver a range of information about the car, including fuel usage and consumption, navigation instruction, a rolling map and the classic speed and gear display.

Continuing with SEL and R-Line, these models have a panoramic sunroof that is complemented by LED ambient lighting. LEDs feature on the exterior, too, with LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. These include Dynamic Light Assist, which uses a masking function to allow the main beam to be left on continuously without dazzling oncoming traffic. Dynamic Curve Lighting also features. It improves vision by turning the side lights in the direction of the steering wheel.

Tiguan Allspace SELs with the 2.0-litre BiTDI 240 PS diesel engine are equipped with Dynamic Chassis Control, which offers the driver a choice of three suspension settings ranging from Sport to Comfort and Normal.

R-Line specification adds a sporty edge to the styling of the Tiguan Allspace. The 19-inch ‘Victoria’ alloy wheels that feature on the SEL trim are swapped for 20-inch ‘Suzuka’ wheels. Sports suspension lowers the ride height by approx. 15 mm, unless the optional Dynamic Chassis Control is fitted.

Alongside the 20-inch wheels is the R-Line styling pack, which adds a rear roof spoiler and a ‘Piano Black’ front air intake and rear diffuser. The front and rear bumpers are unique to the R-Line trim, as are the body-coloured side skirts with chrome trim. On the inside the rooflining is black and the front seats are trimmed with ‘Race’ cloth and ‘San Remo’ microfibre, plus an R-Line logo.

The new Tiguan Allspace joined the Volkswagen range in the UK on 3 January 2018.

SUMMARY

  • New Tiguan Allspace offers more room for luggage, and passengers, than ever before in a Volkswagen SUV of this class, with up to seven seats and as much as 700 litres of load space (third row folded flat, luggage to seat-back height) or 1,775 litres (middle and third row seats all folded flat)
  • Unique design features for the Allspace include lengthened rear doors, while the bonnet has also been raised at the front above the radiator grille to adapt the proportions to the longer overall length. A unique, defining line accentuates the side window design that rises behind the C-pillar. The roof has also been redesigned: striking structural lines are being used for the first time instead of a smooth roof surface
  • Just like the ‘classic’ Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace is also available in on-road and off-road versions. The latter combines an ‘off-road package’ together with special engine underbody protection that extends to the bumper. The off-road front section improves the vehicle's ramp angle by seven degrees
  • A variety of the latest TSI (petrol) and TDI (turbo diesel) engines power the new Tiguan Allspace. All are Euro 6 compliant and the diesel range offers 2.0 TDI units of 150 PS, 190 PS and biturbo 240 PS outputs
  • The petrol line-up includes the use of the proven 1.4 TSI petrol (150 PS) with ACT Active Cylinder Technology to deliver cylinder deactivation, and a 2.0 TSI with 180 PS
  • Gearbox options include six-speed manual, or seven-speed DSG units
  • New Tiguan Allspace of course also remains capable of off-road driving, with a rugged 4MOTION all-wheel drive system that includes premium class technology for use on and off paved surfaces
  • Cutting-edge technology and connectivity mean, in this case, the option of Volkswagen’s Active Info Display (fully digital instruments) and a Head-up Display. A variety of latest generation MEB infotainment systems are also available, including the Discover Navigation Pro system which offers, as standard, Gesture Control
  • Depending on the infotainment system fitted, the Car-Net ‘Security and Service’ online services and Car Net ‘Guide and Inform’ online information functions are also included. The standard App Connect function connects the infotainment system with all popular smartphones via MirrorLink™ (Android), CarPlay™ (Apple) and Android Auto™ (Google)
  • UK market information: Tiguan is the third best-selling car in the Volkswagen range in the UK, with sales of 29,121 in 2017 (Golf, including hatch, estate and Golf SV, was the best-seller with sales of 77,231 in the same period)
  • Total Volkswagen sales in the UK in 2017, including passenger-carrying CV models, were 208,462. Thus, roughly one in ten new Volkswagens sold in the UK in 2017 was badged Tiguan
  • The ‘A SUV’ segment, in which Tiguan Allspace sits, grew by more than 22% in 2016 v 2015
  • The five-door Tiguan Allspace is offered in the same trim levels as Tiguan, but with a higher entry level point. The Tiguan Allspace range begins with the SE Nav models
  • Best-seller in the new range in the UK is likely to be the SE Nav 2.0 TDI 150 PS 6-speed manual 4MOTION
  • The fleet/retail split is anticipated to be approximately 45 % fleet/55 % retail
  • New Tiguan Allspace opened for order in January 2018, with first deliveries beginning in the same month

MARKET INFORMATION

Volkswagen is launching the Tiguan Allspace into the North American, Chinese and European markets.

It fits into the ‘A SUV’ segment, which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the international market for new cars. Comparing 2016 to 2015, it grew by 22 per cent.

In the United Kingdom the first generation of Tiguan sold more in its final full year on sale than in any of the previous seven years, and in total more than 100,000 of the models have been sold here. The second generation Tiguan went on sale in the UK in April 2016 and the model continues to be one of Volkswagen’s three pillars in the UK market, with 29,121 sold from January to December 2017. That compares with around 47,800 Polos and 77,200 Golfs (all versions) in the same time period.

The Tiguan Allspace is one part of a concerted SUV strategy that Volkswagen is deploying around the world. This will result in the brand producing a range of up to six SUVs.

The largest is called the Atlas in North America and is named Teramont in the Middle East and China. It went on sale in those markets in 2017.

Here, the largest Volkswagen SUV is the Touareg. The new Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace fits into the line-up between the Touareg and the ‘classic’ Tiguan. While it is based on the Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace differs in that it is longer and has space for three rows of seats.

Volkswagen has recently launched the all-new T-Roc compact SUV, which sits below the Tiguan. This model blends the dominance of an SUV with the dynamism of a compact hatchback.

Later this year Volkswagen will launch the all-new Touareg. And a further addition to Volkswagen’s comprehensive SUV range was hinted at with the unveiling of the T-Cross Breeze concept car at the 2016 Geneva motor show. This model will sit below T-Roc and will be an affordable model in the Polo class.

Looking further ahead, the I.D. CROZZ all-electric SUV was unveiled at the Geneva motor show in 2017 and was updated for the Frankfurt motor show, also in 2017. It sits on Volkswagen’s all-new all-electric MEB (Modular Electric Drive Kit) platform.

Volkswagen’s SUV line-up: lengths and wheelbases

 

Length (mm)

Wheelbase (mm)

Atlas/Teramont

5,037

2,979

Touareg

4,801

2,893

Tiguan Allspace

4,701

2,787

Tiguan

4,486

2,681

T-Roc

4,234

2,590

T-Cross Breeze¹

4,133

2,565

¹concept car

Production
Around 415,000 vehicles were built at Volkswagen de México’s Puebla plant in 2016. Located 75 miles south east of Mexico City, the factory builds the Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet, as well as some variants of the Golf and Jetta. From the middle of 2017 it also became the home of Tiguan Allspace production. Like the Beetle, every Tiguan Allspace is built in this one facility and is then exported around the world.

Volkswagen’s Puebla plant is the largest vehicle manufacturing facility in Mexico and within its 3,000,000 square metre area there are 550,000 square metres of buildings. Like all Volkswagen factories, it is included in the company’s ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ initiative.

The aim of this worldwide programme is to reduce the environmental impact of vehicle production. Specifically, this means reducing energy and water consumption, and reducing waste and emissions that result from the manufacturing process. Ultimately, Volkswagen intends all its plants to be 25 per cent more environmentally compatible by 2018 when compared with 2010.

History
Volkswagen de México was founded in 1964 and as of January 2017 it had 14,600 employees. As well as the Puebla plant there is the Silao engine manufacturing facility that opened in January 2013 and was the Volkswagen Group’s 100th plant. In 2016 it produced 327,000 engines, some of which were exported to the Chattanooga plant in the USA. In 2016 the Volkswagen Group sold 247,000 vehicles in Mexico.

MECHANICAL DESIGN

MQB platform
As with a growing number of Volkswagen brand and Group models, the new Tiguan Allspace uses as its base the Volkswagen Group’s MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or, as an English translation, Modular Transverse Matrix.

The introduction of the MQB strategy with the arrival of Golf MkVII in 2012 represented a turning point in the design and production of future automobiles with transverse-mounted engines as it standardised many vehicle component parameters – across brands and vehicle classes – and at the same time, it offered access to new technologies.

The MQB currently extends from the A0 to the B segment. At the Volkswagen brand, for example, it covers the following models: Polo, Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace, Passat, and, in North America and China, the Atlas/Teramont large SUV.

Thus all of these models could theoretically be produced on the same assembly line – despite their different wheelbases and track widths. It is also possible to produce MQB models of different brands together on the same line.

One of the prominent characteristics of the Modular Transverse Matrix is the uniform mounting position of all engines. Two systems integrated in the MQB strategy which play a key role here are the modular petrol (MOB) and diesel (MDB) engine systems.

By introducing these engine series, the number of engine and gearbox variants offered by the Group has been reduced by around 90 per cent, without restricting choice. In addition to standardising conventional internal combustion engines, the MQB also enables an identical mounting position for all current alternative drive concepts without limitations – from natural gas and hybrid versions to pure electric drive.

Engines, transmissions and running gear
For the Tiguan Allspace, the engine range consists of five units, which can be further tailored to either front-wheel drive or 4MOTION drivetrains, and in some cases to six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearboxes.

The petrol options consist of two diverse units, beginning with a particularly fuel efficient 1.4-litre 150 PS unit and concluding with a powerful 2.0-litre 180 PS engine.

The diesel units have a greater degree of variation, with a 150 PS engine available with two- or four-wheel drive and a manual or a DSG automatic gearbox. The diesel range is completed with a 190 PS unit and a 240 PS unit.

Overview of engine/gearbox pairings

Engine

6-spd man

7-spd DSG

Front-wheel drive

4MOTION

1.4 TSI ACT 150 PS

Std

Option

Std

 

2.0 TSI 180 PS

 

Std

 

Std

2.0 TDI SCR 150 PS

Std

Option

Std

Option

2.0 TDI SCR 190 PS

 

Std

 

Std

2.0 TDI SCR 240 PS

 

Std

 

Std


Petrol (TSI) engines in detail

1.4 TSI ACT 140 PS
Available with front-wheel drive only, this engine incudes ACT. This is Active Cylinder Management and it describes the process whereby two of the four cylinders will shut down when the Tiguan Allspace is in cruise mode to further enhance fuel efficiency. The system is designed so that the two cylinders will start up immediately and imperceptibly as soon as more power is required.

The engine meets the EU6 emissions standards and is a four-cylinder unit with four valves per cylinder. It’s available exclusively in front-wheel drive with a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed DSG gearbox. Torque is 250 Nm at 1,500 – 3,500 rpm and power is 150 PS at 5,000 – 6,000 rpm. That gives a 0-62 mph time of 9.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 124 mph (123 mph for DSG-equipped models).

With the manual gearbox the combined fuel consumption is 46.3 mpg and the CO₂ figure is 137 g/km. For the DSG, the combined mpg figure is 43.5 and CO₂ is 148 g/km.

2.0 TSI 180 PS
The most powerful petrol engine available for the Tiguan Allspace is also only available with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and the seven-speed DSG gearbox.

The engine meets EU6 emissions standards and is a four-cylinder unit with four valves per cylinder. Torque is 320 Nm at 1,500 – 3,940 rpm and power tops out at 180 PS at 3,940 – 6,000 rpm. The zero to 62 mph sprint is completed in 8.2 seconds and the maximum speed is 129 mph.

Combined fuel economy is 36.7 mpg and the CO₂ figure is 175 g/km.

Diesel (TDI) engines in detail

2.0 SCR 150 PS
The engine meets EU6 emissions standards and is a four-cylinder unit with four valves per cylinder. It is fitted with a turbocharger and a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). It is also equipped with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction). This is a method of removing oxides of nitrogen (NOx) by using AdBlue, a water/urea additive. The more economically the car is driven, the less AdBlue is used.

This engine is particularly versatile and is offered with two-wheel or four-wheel drive and with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

In two-wheel drive, manual gearbox configuration the engine reaches 150 PS at 3,500 – 4,000 rpm and reaches a peak torque figure of 340 Nm at 1,750 – 3,000 rpm. The 0-62 mph sprint takes 9.8 seconds and the Tiguan Allspace will continue to 126 mph. The CO₂ figure on the combined cycle is 131 g/km.

Looking at the 4MOTION four-wheel drive, seven-speed DSG configuration, the maximum speed is 123 mph, with a 0-62 mph figure of 9.9 seconds. The power and torque figures are the same as above but the CO₂ figure on the combined cycle is 153 g/km.

2.0 SCR 190 PS
Only available with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG gearbox, this engine meets EU6 emissions standards and is a four-cylinder unit with four valves per cylinder. It is fitted with a turbocharger, SCR and a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter). Torque is 400 Nm at 1,900 – 3,300 rpm and power peaks at 190 PS at 3,500 – 4,000 rpm.

From a standstill to 62 mph takes 8.6 seconds, while the Tiguan Allspace will continue to 130 mph. Fuel economy on the combined cycle is 47.9 mpg and the CO₂ figure is 153 g/km.

2.0 SCR 240 PS
The most powerful Tiguan Allspace engine available is equipped with 4MOTION and a seven-speed DSG gearbox. It meets EU6 emissions standards and is a four-cylinder unit with four valves per cylinder. It is fitted with a turbocharger, SCR and a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter).

Torque is 500 Nm at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm and peak power is 240 PS at 4,000 rpm. That gives a 0-62 mph time of 6.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 142 mph. The combined fuel economy figure is 43.5 mpg and the CO₂ figure is 170 g/km.

Engine line-up summary

Engine

Power

Gearbox

Drive

CO₂*

1.4 TSI ACT

150 PS

6-speed man

Front-wheel

137

1.4 TSI ACT

150 PS

7-speed DSG

Front-wheel

148

2.0 TSI

180 PS

7-speed DSG

4MOTION

175

2.0 TDI SCR

150 PS

6-speed man

Front-wheel

131

2.0 TDI SCR

150 PS

7-speed DSG

Front-wheel

132

2.0 TDI SCR

150 PS

6-speed man

4MOTION

150

2.0 TDI SCR

150 PS

7-speed DSG

4MOTION

153

2.0 TDI SCR

190 PS

7-speed DSG

4MOTION

153

2.0 TDI SCR

240 PS

7-speed DSG

4MOTION

170


Running gear
All-wheel drive is a key feature for many Tiguan buyers and is expected to be so for Tiguan Allspace customers. In the UK, 50 per cent of buyers of the regular Tiguan opt for all-wheel drive. This is expected to be broadly similar in the Tiguan Allspace. The new Tiguan Allspace comes with the highly efficient 4MOTION all-wheel drive system either as an option or as standard, depending on the engine selected.

Offering great grip on the roughest roads and in the worst weather, 4MOTION constantly monitors driving conditions and reacts to the slightest wheel slip, delivering extra traction to the wheels with the most grip. All this happens in milliseconds, through control units linked to the car’s dynamic sensors, engine management system and gearbox. At the heart of the system is an inter-axle differential – a fifth generation Haldex coupling – which shares power between the front and rear axle, sending it where it’s most needed. At the same time, the smaller differences in rotational speed when cornering or manoeuvring have to be balanced to stop torsional stresses in the drive train. The differential is designed to work with the car’s other active safety systems such as the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the electronic stability programme (ESP).

The Tiguan Allspace can be ordered with an ‘Off road pack’ pack with a special front end that provides an approach angle of 24 degrees instead of the usual 16.9 degrees. The departure angle at the rear is 14.5 degrees for all versions, while the ramp angle is 14.9 degrees. Regardless of whether the vehicle has an on-road or off-road front end design, the Tiguan Allspace is engineered for very large trailer loads of up to 2,000 kgs (braked) for front-wheel drive models and 2,500 kgs for 4MOTION models, depending on exact engine and gearbox specified.

Like the Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace models with 4MOTION four-wheel drive feature the high-tech 4MOTION Active Control. This is an intuitively operated rotary/push-button switch that is located on the centre console and allows the driver to activate one of four driving modes. When the driver turns the switch to the left one of the two road profiles: ‘Onroad’ or ‘Snow’ is activated. When the switch is turned to the right, the driver selects one of the two off-road profiles: ‘Offroad’ (automatic setting of off-road parameters) or ‘Offroad Individual’ (variable settings). When driving off-road, 4MOTION Active Control lets drivers switch the assistance systems in seconds with a single manual operation.

Off-road, the Tiguan Allspace is nothing short of a confident performer. The electronic accelerator pedal can be metered precisely and if the 4MOTION is equipped with DSG, the dual clutch gearbox upshifts later. The driver can avoid mandatory shifts by changing gears via the tip gate (+/-); this also facilitates engine braking. In this case “automatic freewheeling” is deactivated, which is decoupling of the engine to make use of the kinetic energy of coasting. Traction control (ASR) governs engine speed and simultaneously manages traction and driving stability. In parallel, the steering system and adaptive damper control switch over to a suitable driving profile. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) activates the Off-road characteristic, and the driver assistance systems for hill ascent and descent come into play. In addition, the dynamic cornering lights open up a brighter and wider light pattern near the car.

The driving experience is further optimised by the optionally available Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC). The chassis control system delivers a breadth of choices to suit different driving styles – very conveniently at the push of a button. Meanwhile, the optional progressive steering system assures precise and dynamic driving (this is standard on Tiguan Allspace R-Line).

DESIGN

Interior design
The Tiguan Allspace combines versatility, practicality and comfort. When its designers embarked on meeting these goals, they began by extending the wheelbase. This directly increased space inside the car, for example the middle row passengers have an extra 54 mm of knee room, and allowed the addition of the standard third row of seats. In terms of the total length, the Tiguan Allspace is longer than the ‘classic’ Tiguan and features a larger rear overhang.

It’s quick and easy to fold the seats flat and open up even more space. With the third seat row folded flat, where it integrates into the cargo floor, the luggage volume increases by 85 litres compared to the regular Tiguan model. Tiguan Allspace, like Tiguan, features a rear bench that can slide fore or aft by a total of 180 mm. With this moved to its forward-most position the luggage volume is a formidable 700 litres. Even more impressive: with the middle and the third rows of seats folded flat luggage volume is increased to 1,775 litres.

 

Tiguan Allspace

Tiguan

Difference

Length (mm)

4,701

4,486

+215

Wheelbase (mm)

2,790

2,681

+109

Seat rows

3

2

+1

Passengers

7

5

+2

Luggage space with seven passengers, loaded to seat-back height

230

n/a

n/a

Luggage space with five passengers, loaded to seat-back height (litres)

700

615

+85

Luggage volume with all seats folded flat, loaded to roof (litres)

1,775

1,655

+120


The comfort of the driver and passengers, plus practicality and quality, are key themes in any Volkswagen interior and this is true of the Tiguan Allspace. The steering wheel can be moved up and down as well as adjusted for optimum reach, while both the front seats and the rear bench slide forwards and backwards. The infotainment screen is placed prominently and angled slightly towards the driver, and the cabin has a variety of useful storage compartments. This includes substantial front and rear storage hatches mounted in the centre of the roof.

‘Checker Flag’ decorative inserts add character to the dash in the SE Navigation trim and this contrasts with the ‘Lasano’ cloth. From the SEL trim the dash inserts are finished in ‘Piano Black’ and the seats are covered in ‘Lounge’ cloth with Art Velours microfleece. R-Line features a black roof lining as well as ‘Race’ cloth with microfibre bolsters. Stainless steel pedals and door sill protectors complete the sporty look.

SEL and R-Line cars feature Volkswagen’s advanced Active Info Display as standard, which is a 12.3-inch high resolution TFT display screen located in place of the traditional instrument binnacle. This offers customisable information via a variety of menus. The satellite navigation map can be switched to this screen, allowing easy viewing for the driver. Other information that can be displayed includes fuel consumption, range, journey time, radio station, and much more besides. Of course, the classic speedo and rev counter can be displayed too.

Exterior design
Volkswagen’s designers concentrated on ensuring the larger proportions of the Tiguan Allspace didn’t detract from the sharp styling that has proven so appealing to buyers of the ‘classic’ Tiguan.

To achieve this aim, the attention shown to the finer design detail on the Tiguan Allspace is impressive. As an example, the radiator grille is higher in comparison to the standard Tiguan. The bonnet is more upright at the front, and carries different accent lines from front to rear.

Most obviously, the rear doors are longer and this fulfils the objective of ensuring entry to the third row of seats is easy. From this point of the car and rearwards, everything is new when compared to the regular Tiguan. The bodywork follows a different contour and the side window design features a sharper curve upwards where it rises directly behind the C-pillar.

Structural lines flow over the roof, which is in contrast to the roof of the regular Tiguan and pays homage to classic SUVs. Underneath the Tiguan Allspace granite grey underbody protection is fitted as standard. The overall concept of the vehicle bears strong similarities to the Atlas model sold in North America (named Teramont in China and Middle East).

Volkswagen ensures that its SUVs are as competent off the road as they are on it. Available as an option is an ‘off-road pack’ that brings different bumpers to the front section to the Tiguan Allspace. This increases the approach angle to 24 degrees and includes additional underbody protection that reaches to the front bumper.

DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
ACC Adaptive Cruise Control helps to avoid accidents by always keeping your car at a safe distance from the traffic ahead. This system is standard on the Tiguan Allspace and works with the radar-controlled Front Assist traffic monitoring system. The system keeps the car a safe distance from the vehicle in front and helps to make driving easier in slow and stop and go traffic. It means driving is more relaxed and comfortable on long journeys.

The desired speed limit is set by the driver via a touch of a button and the Adaptive Cruise Control will then brake and accelerate the car up to that limit. The safe-distance technology builds on the familiar cruise control system by adding a radar sensor. It immediately detects traffic slowing ahead and automatically reduces the Tiguan Allspace’s speed to match. If the car is too close to the vehicle in front, it will warn the driver in two stages. First with visual and acoustic signals, and then with a short braking jolt. If necessary, the system will bring the Tiguan Allspace to a complete stop.

It does this with the help of the Front Assist system which primes the brakes if it senses a collision is likely, shortening the stopping distance when the driver hits the brake pedal.

Lane Assist
Lane Assist is like a friendly co-driver that’s fitted to every Tiguan Allspace. If it senses the car is drifting out of its lane it gently counter-steers back on line.

Since many accidents are caused by cars leaving their lanes when the driver's concentration falters, this system makes driving safer and easier. The lane-keeping assistant uses a camera located in the rear-view mirror unit to monitor the road markings and prevent an unintended deviation. The system only intervenes if the Tiguan Allspace’s indicators are not activated, so if the driver wants to change lanes and signals their intention, the intelligent system recognises this and Lane Assist temporarily switches off.

If the driver lets go of the steering wheel, a visual and audible warning is triggered and Lane Assist switches off after approximately five seconds.

Front Assist and City emergency braking
Both of these systems are standard on every Tiguan Allspace. Front Assist monitors the traffic situation in front of the car, warning the driver when they get too close and even applying the brakes to help avoid a collision.

Judging the speed and distance of other road users isn’t always easy, so Front Assist is constantly monitoring the road ahead. It uses radar sensors to measure the distance and relative speed of other vehicles and provides the driver with an early warning system. If it detects a potential rear-end collision, Front Assist alerts the driver visually and audibly, while also preparing the brakes for emergency braking.

The City emergency brake function is active in urban traffic at speeds up to 19 miles per hour. If the driver doesn’t brake enough Front Assist boosts the braking pressure to prevent a collision. And if the driver doesn’t brake at all Front Assist automatically steps in and does it.

Emergency Assist
Emergency Assist offers more safety than ever. If the driver becomes incapacitated for health reasons the system slows the car down within system limits and brings it to a complete stop, traffic behind permitting. It’s available as an option on Tiguan Allspaces fitted with a DSG automatic gearbox.

Emergency Assist combines ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control), Side Assist (lane change system), Lane Assist (lane departure warning) and Park Assist (park assist steering) into a single system. Once the sensors determine that the driver has not operated the accelerator, brake pedal or steering wheel over a specified period of time, the system network implements specifically targeted countermeasures.

The driver is initially warned and “woken” by means of acoustic, optical and haptic signals (braking jolt). If the driver still does not respond, the Emergency Assist system activates the hazard warning lights; additionally the Tiguan Allspace initiates slight steering manoeuvres using Park Assist (electromechanical power steering intervention) and Lane Assist (camera based lane detection) in order to alert fellow road users to the hazardous situation.

Side Scan
Optional on all versions of the Tiguan Allspace, Side Scan increases safety and driver convenience. It’s a radar sensor-controlled warning system for lane changing and monitoring the blind spot. It works by flashing an orange light in the door mirror if a vehicle is in the blind spot.

Area View
Optionally available across the range, this system features four separate cameras located in the rear tailgate, door mirrors and radiator grille. Together they provide a 360-degree view around the Tiguan Allspace.

This helps the driver to manoeuvre with confidence in any direction. The driver can select up to 12 possible views of the vehicle, from the front, rear or side, on either full or split-screen displayed on the infotainment system. Should the optional Discover Navigation Pro system be specified, the driver will also gain a bird’s-eye view around the Tiguan Allspace.

Trailer Assist
The Tiguan Allspace effortlessly tows a trailer or caravan and, depending on the choice of engine, can tow up to a maximum weight of 2.5 tons. Trailer Assist, which is available in a package including Park Assist and a rear-view camera, helps the driver reverse more easily and accurately with a trailer or caravan attached.

An optical display visualises actual and possible steering angles in the instrument cluster. Reverse steering is automatic, with direction controlled via the mirror adjustment switch which acts as a joystick, while the driver controls the pedals and keeps a good look out. The feature, optional on all models, is available in conjunction with the optional swivelling towbar.

INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS

The Tiguan Allspace comes with the Discover Navigation infotainment system as standard equipment. It is part of the latest generation of Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB) devices.

Discover Navigation
With its clear glass surface and integrated 8-inch colour display (800 x 400 resolution, 20.3 cm screen diagonal), the design of the Discover Navigation system is reminiscent of a tablet. In addition to two rotary/push-button controls, the system has eight function buttons.

The sound of the infotainment system (4 x 20 watts) is output over eight loudspeakers. Along with SD card and Aux-In interfaces, it offers a USB port (also compatible with Apple), a Bluetooth connection for mobile phones and a CD drive which is of course MP3-compatible.

The GPS-based navigation system includes software updates at no charge for three years. In addition, this includes a licence for Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’ services which is also free-of-charge for three years.

The ‘Security and Service Plus’ package (three-year service term) is available as an option from SEL spec, which includes the eCall system for calling the emergency services (10-year subscription).

The latest MIB systems are tailored in both appearance and functionality to work with the Tiguan Allspace’s optional 12.3-inch Active Info Display (standard from SEL), giving rise to a fully digital world of displays and controls.

Discover Navigation Pro
Optionally, Tiguan Allspace buyers can choose the Discover Navigation Pro system. Equipped with Gesture Control and an impressive, glass covered 9.2-inch display (1,280 x 640 pixels, 23.4 cm screen diagonal), this unit sees all control inputs made via the touchscreen and five capacitive touch controls along the left border of the infotainment system.

As intuitive as a smartphone: pressing the “Home” button takes the user back to the home screen from any submenu in a fraction of a second. Updates for the navigation software and a licence for ‘Guide and Inform’ are also integrated here.

The range of equipment offered with the Discover Navigation Pro system also includes an amplifier with 4 x 20 watts of output power, a DVD drive, a USB port (Apple compatible), two SD card slots, Aux-In, an SSD drive with 64 GB of storage, a full range of music playback options, a movie player, jukebox, podcast player, as well as navigation. Options include a wireless smartphone charging facility, depending on handset compatibility.

The driver can customise the appearance of the home screen of the Discover Navigation Pro. Always arranged in a large field on the left side of the display is the navigation function; on the right, two smaller fields are available, one above the other. Functions can be custom-assigned to these two interactive display panels to create a multiple information display.

The system features Gesture Control, touch functions and voice control. The unit is also equipped with a proximity sensor that makes other menu items appear on the display when a hand approaches the screen.

DIGITAL INSTRUMENTS

Active Info Display
Standard on SEL and R-Line is Active Info Display. Here, the instruments are displayed virtually via software on the 12.3-inch Active Info Display. Its 1,440 x 540 pixel resolution enables extremely precise and sophisticated rendering of all details.

There are five different information profiles, in which the kind of information and graphics displayed changes in certain areas. The driver can select from ‘Classic’, ‘Consumption & Range’, ‘Efficiency’, ‘Performance & Driver Assistance’ or ‘Navigation’, and the interactive elements of the Active Info Display are illustrated well by the Navigation profile. Here, the speedometer and rev counter are relocated to the sides to make more room for the navigation map in the middle.

Information on driving, navigation and assistance functions can also be integrated into the speedometer and rev counter graphics as necessary. Data such as telephone contact images and CD covers can also be displayed in the Active Info Display.

Head-up display
The optional head-up display projects key information such as vehicle speed or navigation pictograms directly into the driver’s primary field of vision.

Thanks to this projection, drivers can keep their eyes on the road while looking at data such as speed. Using the infotainment system menu the driver can decide which information they would like to view: current speed, speed limit, navigation instructions, information from the assistance systems and/or warnings.

The head-up display in the Tiguan Allspace is a ‘combined solution’ in that the data is projected onto an extendable glass panel in front of the windscreen. When it is not being used, the display panel is protected by being lowered into the dashboard, and the opening has a flush fit.

CONNECTIVITY VIA APPS AND ONLINE SERVICES

App Connect
The latest generation Modular Infotainment Matrix allows the simple connection of the Tiguan Allspace with today’s Apple and Android smartphones via App Connect. Along with MirrorLink™ (Android), App Connect now also integrates Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ (Google) into the infotainment systems.

Car-Net ‘Security and Service’
Volkswagen offers the ‘Security and Service’ package as standard on the Tiguan Allspace SEL and R-Line. It gives the driver access to real-time help in a wide range of situations. Highlights include features such as ‘Emergency Service’, ‘Automatic accident reporting’, ‘Roadside service’ and ‘Service scheduling’ (scheduling routine maintenance with the service garage).

In addition, the Car-Net app or Car-Net portal can be used to access various vehicle status data such as fuel level and parking position, as well as activate certain functions. For instance, the optional auxiliary heater can be started remotely.

Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’
Various online services can be accessed using ‘Guide and Inform’, which is included in every Tiguan Allspace. It includes a range of services for the Discover Navigation system and an extended range for the Discover Navigation Pro system.

Services available for Discover Navigation include ‘Online POI Search’, ‘Online Destination Import’, ‘Route Import’, ‘Fuel Info’ (location and price), ‘News’, ‘Parking Info’ (location and price), ‘Weather’, and ‘Online Traffic Information’.

The Discover Navigation Pro system also includes voice-activated ‘Online POI Search’,

‘Online Map Update’ and ‘Online Grace Note’ which can be used to load album cover information into the vehicle.

Climate Control
A new ‘3Zone’ automatic climate control system is fitted as standard in the Tiguan Allspace. It allows the rear passengers, front passenger and driver to adjust the temperature and fan speed of their own area of the car.

SERVICING AND WARRANTY

Servicing
Volkswagen offers customers a choice of servicing regime for their Tiguan Allspace. They can choose Fixed Service or Flexible Service and the appropriate selection is entirely dependent on how the car is likely to be driven and its general use.

The Fixed Service regime is recommended for vehicles that will cover less than 10,000 miles in 12 months and if the vehicle is likely to be used in the following way:

  • Predominantly urban driving, short journeys with frequent cold starts
  • Activities regularly producing high engine loading, for example frequent hill climbs, driving with vehicle fully loaded and towing
  • Driving with high rpm, hard acceleration and heavy braking. In this case, the vehicle will be serviced at regular intervals, at every 10,000 miles or every 12 months

Flexible Service is recommended for vehicles with a daily mileage of more than 25 miles, where the vehicle is driven regularly and on mainly longer distance journeys. The vehicle should be mainly driven at a constant speed with minimum vehicle and engine loading, minimal towing and driven in an economical manner.

In this case, the on-board computer informs the driver via a dashboard display, when the vehicle needs a service. A range of engine sensors electronically monitors the vehicle’s oil temperature, oil pressure, oil level and brake pad wear to establish when a service is needed.

With the Flexible regime, the vehicle can cover typically between 10,000 and 20,000 miles (approx.) or 24 months (whichever is sooner) between oil changes.

An inspection service is typically due in the third year of ownership or at 40,000 miles and thereafter every second year for vehicles with an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles.

Customers can choose between Fixed and Flexible at PDI (pre-delivery inspection) and though it is possible to change from one to another during the vehicle’s lifetime it can only be done when a full inspection service is due.

Warranty
The Tiguan Allspace has a three-year (first- and second-year manufacturer operated, third-year retailer-operated) / 60,000-mile mechanical warranty. In addition, it comes with a 12-year body protection guarantee, three-year paint warranty and a year’s membership of Volkswagen Roadside Assistance which includes European breakdown cover. The latter can be extended at minimal cost to the customer.

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