VW Tiguan Allspace

VW Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TSI 4Motion (Highline)

VW makes space

The new Tiguan Allspace from Volkswagen is all about space. There are three rows of seats giving seven seats, but the rearmost two seats are for children only. There’s a 230 litre boot behind the third row. Fold the third row seats flat and the boot space increases to 700 litres, fold the second row flat and you have 1 775 litres of boot space. The cargo space length is then 1 921 mm – enough space even for surfboards or cycles.

The old size is now called the normal wheelbase model or NWB, and the longer, bigger, “better “ model the Allspace.
The rear doors of the Tiguan Allspace are also longer. The bonnet is raised up at the front above the radiator grille to adapt the proportions to the longer overall length.
The longer body significantly alters the side proportions of the Tiguan Allspace. The wheelbase is 110 mm longer, and now measures 2 791 mm. The rear overhang underscores is much longer increasing the total length by 215 mm to 4 701.

Other innovations in the new Tiguan are the “connected community” which uses Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, semi-automated driving and improved usability.

The Allspace is available in three trim lines – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The Allspace more standard features than the NWB model; highlighting its positioning between the NWB Tiguan and the flagship and substantially heftier Touareg.

The Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI comes in front-wheel-drive only. All other Tiguan Allspace models have 4MOTION (all wheel drive) as standard. The front-wheel drive Trendline can comfortably accommodate large trailer loads of up to 2,000 kg (braked 8% incline). The 4MOTION equipped Comfortline and Highline models are able to tow up to 2 500 kg (braked 8% incline).
The Allspace comes with either an off-road package or a “R” road package.

The intuitively operated rotary/pushbutton switch of the 4MOTION Active Control is located on the centre console. You use it to activate four higher-level modes and various pop-up menus. Turn the switch to the left to get one of the two road profiles. When it is turned to the right, the driver can select one of the two off-road modes, i.e. “Off-road” (automatic setting for off-road parameters) or “Off-road Individual” (variable settings). When the driver presses the control in one of these modes, a pop-up menu appears on the touchscreen of the infotainment system. 4MOTION Active Control lets the driver switch the assistance systems in a matter of seconds with a single manual operation to adapt to the precise driving situation.

The off-road attributes are enhanced with the optional off-road package. It contains an engine underbody guard, a body-coloured off-road front bumper with an increased approach angle of 7 degrees, black sills and bumper bottom section and aluminium door tread plates at the front inscribed with the word ‘OFFROAD’.
As an alternative to the Off-road package, the R-Line package is an option on Comfortline and Highline models. It features a lowered sports suspension with uniquely shaped body-coloured front and rear bumpers, gloss black front air intakes and body-coloured side skirts. Styling cues include 19 inch ‘Sebring’ alloy wheels on the Comfortline or 20 inch ‘Suzuka‘ alloy wheels on Highline as well as the inclusion of a black rooflining in the interior.
The Tiguan Allspace provides some driving functions that are partially automated such as the Multi Collision Braking System. Tiguan Allspace models also boast optionalACC (Adaptive CruiseControl) with Front Assist with City Emergency Braking abilities

The engine on the car we drove puts out 162kW and torque of 350/Nm through a delightful 7-speed DSG box. VW claims 8.1 L, but my consumption was 10.1L/100km. The long term consumption of the test car is 10.6 L/100km.
Towing ability has also been approved. The 4MOTION equipped Comfortline and Highline models are able to tow up to 2 500 kg (braked 8% incline).

Although quite a big car it handles almost like a Golf GTI. Throttle response is immediate and delivers loads of power.

It is pleasant and easy to drive in town and out touring. VW have created a really comfortable, spacious cabin. The Allspace will be a grand tourer.

Price as standard is R604 800, as tested around R670 000.

Accessories fitted to the test car include metallic paint, towbar with assist (R10000), active display, head-up display (R9000), Adaptive cruise control with front assist (R5000), panoramic sunroof (R12000), leather seats (R11000), 9.2 inch touch screen with navigation (R12100) and fancy 19” alloy wheels (R8300). Total R67 400.

The range is as follows:
1.4 TSI 110kW Trendline DSG {FWD) R463 400
2.0 TSI 132kW Comfortline 4MOTION DSG R523 800
2.0 TDI 110kW Comfortline 4MOTION DSG R571 100
2.0 TSI 162kW Highline 4MOTION DSG R604 800

The new Tiguan Allspace comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty.

The competition includes the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5, Subaru Forester, Kia Sorento, Suzuki Grand Vitara and BMW X3.

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VW Tiguan 1.4 TSi Comfortline review

VW Tiguan 1.4 TSi Comfortline

My wife watches a programme on Dstv where they give people a little pizazz or new lease on life by giving them a new hairstyle, change of wardrobe, show them which-make up suits them and so on. A bit of spit and polish, as it were.

That’s more or less what the engineers at VW’s  massive Puebla plant in Mexico, where Tiguan is made, did. Sure the new Tiguan is built on the new MQB platform and is longer and wider than the first generation car, but it’s more of the same recipe many South Africans loved. Brought up to date by giving it bolder styling, new tech under the skin and improvements in economy and ride quality.

VW Tiguan 1.4

VW Tiguan 1.4 at the Tasting Station Elgin.

We tested the 1.4 TSi turbo-petrol engined manual derivative. It is a pleasant car to drive. I think the performance is fine and the handling is excellent, perhaps partly due to the lowering by 30mm of the new version compared to the original. The highly adjustable optional electric front seats fitted to our review car are very comfortable together with the adjustable multi function steering wheel allow you to find an optimal driving position.

The Tguan we drove was heavier on fuel by a country mile than VW’s claimed consumption. The long term average consumption of the unit driven was 8 litre/ 100km with 11.4 L/100km achieved in town.

The Tiguan comes with a Marie biscuit type spare wheel with fairly comprehensive emergency kit in the biggish boot of 520 litres with the seats up. Double that with the seats folded flat.

vw-tiguan-dashI generally like VW interiors and the Tiguan is no exception. The black trim, including the roof lining looks good. Fit and finish and the materials used have an aura of good quality. A nice touch is the CD player in the cubby hole.

The interior feels and looks very good and is a very pleasant place to travel in. The logic and layout is just right.

The water bottle holder in the door is too big though, so a normal (cycling) bottle keeps falling over.

The leg room for the back seats is much more than you normally get in this size of car and the back of the front seats even have a fold down table, although it appears to be a little flimsy.

Think of the new Tiguan as a Golf on steroids rather than a small sister to the Toureg. This new Tiguan has no off-road pretences, its strictly a car for the road, but handles gravel with aplomb.

Price as standard is R419 000 without all the extras fitted to our test car. As tested with all the extras:

  • Sunroof  R4000vw-tiguan-backseat
  • Towbar   R7500
  • Auto boot lid   R5000
  • Active info display with 6.5-inch touchscreen R8000
  • App connect    R1500
  • DynAudio sound package   R13000
  • Adaptive cruise control  R5000
  • Vienna leather seats R11000
  • R-line exterior package  R18000
  • LED headlights   R7500                                  Total R80 500

The price of the car you see in the pictures is actually an eye watering R500 000. With some of the items you have to buy another as the come bundled. So if you want the DynAudio package you need to also take the space saver spare wheel! What the wheel has to do with the audio is a mystery. Perhaps they use it as a type of boom box.

I think the car is a little on the expensive side. If you are a VW fan you will love this car.

The range starts with the very basic Trendline from R379,900.44, next up is the Comfortline trim level in petrol from R419 900 to diesel R469 500 and finally the Highline from R549 000. In all cases you are going to pay much more because the basic car has very little in the way of equipment, clearly demonstrated by the extra options fitted to our review car. Add R50 000 to the sticker price of the VW when comparing to cars which come fully equipped.

Here is the official VWSA price list.

Other similar cars to look at include Suzuki Vitara, Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai, Jeep Renegade, Audi Q3, Renault Kadjar, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Mitsubishi ASX and Honda CR-V.

We recommend you take the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Qashqai for a test before deciding.

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VW Tiguan TSI 4×2 Trend and Fun review

VW Tiguan TSI 4×2 Trend & Fun

VW Tiguan

VW Tiguan

If you like a golf but need a bit more space, or use country roads and need a higher ride height than a Golf offers, this  Tiguan may be your solution.

The base model as tested is in effect a normal two wheel drive station wagon version of a Golf . What you get is the extra space, a more upright and higher seating arrangement and the ‘middlemannetjie’ on a rural road wont bother you.

I really like these Tiguans, the luxury and performance of a Golf with the practicality of a station wagon/SUV.

These cars are just the right size. Big enough for four adults and a toothbrush or two but small enough
to feel nimble and enjoy a reduced thirst for petrol. They are both SUV and MPV.

Tiguan 1.4 TSI dash

Tiguan 1.4 TSI dash

Interior

A number of motoring critics have said that the interior is sombre. I do not agree with them. It is sensible, ergonomic and well laid out. The materials used give the impression of quality. The black finish looks neat and purposeful.

The leather multi-function steering wheel and gear knob give the car a luxury feel. The cloth trimmed seats are comfortable and fairly adjustable. Fit and finish appears to be excellent.

I found the car very pleasant to dive. All round visibility is good, the more upright seating is comfortable and the controls are easy to hand and have a quality feel to them and make it easy to drive.

Driving impression

I found the 90kW engine a little laboured at times but still capable to get you where you have to get. The car handles well even with the slightly taller stance. It is not sporty like a GTi , but it is a pleasure at the wheel. The brakes are well balanced and cornering as well as general handling precise and predictable.

Economy is very decent but not spectacular. VW claim a combined consumption figure of 6.5l/100km. I got just over 7.5l/100km which is more than acceptable.

These new generation turbocharged petrol engines take performance and economy to new levels.

The 4×2 Trend & Fun is an interesting mix of sophisticated and basic. Its price is misleading simply due to the very basic specification, meaning that you have to fit expensive “accessories” to match for example the Ford Kuga which includes them in the sticker price. So for example climate control (as opposed to plain aircon) costs R4400 extra, park distance control R4 150, front fog lights R1 950, service plan for 90 000km is R2 492 or maintenance plan for 120 000 a whopping R25 992. It all adds up.

Practical, good looking and efficient. That about sums up this Tiguan.

VW Tiguan TS1 4x2

VW Tiguan TS1 4×2

Tiguans all come with a raft of active and passive safety and performance measures from ABS to spin control and a stability programme.

The Tiguan ISi 4×2 Trend & Fun as reviewed costs  R312 000, but we would recommend you go for the 118kW version at R345 200 especially if based on the Highveld or if you expect to load her up a bit.

Also check out the Ford Kuga, Honda CRV, Toyota Verso, Renault Duster and Nissan Qashqai.

The top of the line Tiguan is the 2.0 TSI Sport & Style  at R446 250 which comes with 7 speed DSG and AWD. There are 8 models to choose from.

It comes standard with a 3 year or 120 000 km warranty, 12 year corrosion warranty and a 60 000 maintenance plan.

Tiguan 4x2

Tiguan 4×2

Volkswagen Tiguan 4×2 Trend and Fun review

Volkswagen Tiguan 4×2 Trend & Fun 2.0 TDi BlueMotion

VW are good at spotting a little niche and creating a new vehicle from an existing platform. In the case of the Tiguan, they followed the rest of the pack and came up with a quite compelling package. It is in effect a Golf with a bit more space, higher ride hight and a much bigger boot, provided you fold the seats forward. A Golf for the business owner or outdoor person. If you look at it in this light, then the 4×2 version which we tested when compared to the Golf makes a lot of sense.

The equivalent golf, the 2.0 TDI Highline Manual costs R315 800, this Tiguan R294 800. I know the specs are a little different, but not much. If anything, the Tiguan’s basic spec list is more practical than the Golf’s.

The model we tested was the 6 speed manual 2.0  turbodiesel 4×2 Trend & Fun with 81kW and 280Nm between 1750 and 2750rpm. It has a top speed of 174km/h and takes around 12 seconds to get to 100km/h. The claimed fuel consumption of 5.3 litres/100km must have been achieved in dreamland. Expect around 6.5 litres/100km at best.

Likes

The courtesy lights built into the mirrors are a nice touch, makes getting in and out at night a breeze. The automatic light system which switches on when it senses fading light works well.

The dash layout and finishes are typical VW and I think are well thought out and well made. The feel of the switches is superior.

With the rear seats folded the boot becomes enormous.

Dislikes

The car we tested was a little sluggish at low revs and lacked oomph at manoeuvring speed. But once on the go and with the turbo in full song it is different matter all together.

The Tiguan has two blind spots. The “A” pillars are a little thick, causing a minor blind spot. The other blind spot is to the left and slightly behind the car.

The rear seats do not quite fold flat, but do fold enough to make an enormous boot.

We have heard numerous reports of turbo and water pump failures on this range of  VW engines, but then they sell huge numbers of them.

Conclusion

The Tiguan is a Golf with serious space for shopping when the rear seats are folded down. It cannot compete with the likes of a Freelander or X-trail offroad, but rides higher than a Golf. It is almost as good as a Golf on tar.

I think it is a very real option to look at if you want a compact car but need a bit more space and practicality. I enjoyed driving it.

Also look at the Nissan Qashqai (R324 925, but is well appointed) and Juke (R226 925), Kia Sportage (R303 995, includes park assist etc) amd Mitsubishi ASX (R297 900).

Price

List price R289 100, Price as tested R346 450, extras fitted: towbar, roof rails, front foglights, park assist with reverse camera, satnav and leather seats.

Warranty –  3 years / 120 000km

Service plan – 5 years / 60 000km