Think of it as a more practical, long wheelbase Tiguan and you’re not far off.
Moving away from the hype from the launch of what is now VW Malaysia’s flagship, the new Arteon four-door coupe, Volkswagen has also brought out two more models that might be of greater interest to the family man. One of those models being the new Tiguan Allspace SUV.
Looking like a regular Tiguan that has just been put through the photocopier at 120%, despite what VW claims to be an all-new front and rear end design, the new Tiguan Allspace is VW Malaysia’s first foray into the three row SUV market.
Set to compete against the likes of the other 7-seat Euro SUV on the market, the Peugeot 5008 or the handsome Mazda CX-8; the Tiguan Allspace is sits right in between the shorter Frenchie and the larger Japanese rival in terms of dimensions.
However, VW touts that the Tiguan offers the largest boot space in its class with both rear rows folded. So this may translate to better second row interior volume. Something to consider when looking at this segment of car.
Two flavours of the new Tiguan Allspace will be available at launch. There will be an everyman variant known as the Highline that is powered by a 1.4 TSI engine, and there would also be a sporty 2.0 TSI R-Line trim for the fathers who are still boy-racers at heart.
As it is just a stretched Tiguan, the traces of Tiguan in either variant is obvious. Starting with the more conventional Highline trim of this large German SUV, the Tiguan similarities begin right as you open the bonnet.
Although a considerably bigger car, the hum-drum Allspace makes do with the same engine as found in the smaller (and lighter) Tiguan. The 1.4 TSI turbocharged petrol unit mated to a six-speed wet-clutch DSG transmission produces the same performance figures as the one in its baby brother at 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque.
Those are respectable numbers but being a heavier car, performance undoubtedly suffers a bit. Although performance figures haven’t been explicitly published, this conclusion can be extrapolated from the marginally worse claimed fuel consumption figure at 7.3 l/100 km (vs 6.7 l/100 km for the 5-seat Tiguan).
The interior has also been lifted wholesale from the Tiguan. That being said, the interior of the Tiguan is indeed a nice place to be. Leather upholstery, multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters, 3 zone Climatronic climate control are all present even in this lower trim level. The same could also be said to the standard 11.7” Digital Cockpit instrument cluster. However the pennies have been pinched as the Highline only receives an 8” Composition media infotainment system instead of the 9.2” Discover Pro infotainment as in the R-Line.
Speaking of the R-Line, the R-Line variant is much more than just a cosmetic performance package as seen in other Volkswagen products. In the Tiguan Allspace, the R-Line actually has a more powerful engine, and 4Motion four wheel drive.
The more powerful engine in the R-Line would be familiar to any Golf R owner as it is just a detuned version of the engine found in the hottest Golf available. This 2.0 TSI turbocharged unit produces an impressive 220 PS and 350 Nm of torque. Mated to a 7 speed wet clutch DSG gearbox, this genuinely sporty SUV is currently the most powerful in this segment.
To help put all that power to the ground, the this bloated hot hatch on stilts has the 4Motion four wheel drive system (the same as in the Golf R) in addition to Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with Driving Mode Selection.
Being the R-Line, undoubtably there will be the sporty appearance package to let everyone know that you’ve got the hot Allspace. These accessories includes the R-Line specific front and rear bumpers, the rear spoiler and the twin tailpipes. The wheels also get an upgrade to 19 inches from the 18 inches of the plebeian spec Allspace.
On the inside, aside from the aforementioned upgraded infotainment, the R-Line adds aluminium pedals, an R-Line steering wheel, aluminium scuff plates, ‘Dark Grid’ decorative inserts and a black headliner.
In terms of safety, both variants of the Tiguan Allspace comes with the usual safety features like ‘six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist (BA), Multi-collision brakes, Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) as well as hill-hold control.’ However, thanks to its 4Motion four wheel drive system, the R-Line adds Hill Descent Control when set to off-road mode.
To those who desire a little bit more practicality from their Volkswagen Tiguan, the new Tiguan Allspace starts at RM165,000. However the one you really want would be the RM 209,000 R-Line model. Bookings and test drives can be arranged from today at your nearest authorised Volkswagen dealer.
More information can be found in the press release below.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) today launched the all-new Tiguan Allspace line-up, in an SUV offensive that is set to make waves in the local SUV segment. Two variants are available; the Tiguan Allspace Highline 1.4TSI and the Tiguan Allspace R-Line 2.0TSI, both locally assembled at the Volkswagen plant in Pekan, Pahang.
An extended wheelbase version of the Tiguan, the Allspace sports bespoke front and rear ends. The exterior is accentuated with a significantly higher bonnet position with precise and sharper lines that run across the bonnet and front bumper giving it a stronger stance.
The longer wheelbase of the Tiguan Allspace makes the assertive-looking SUV a true space giant, offering versatility with multiple seat configurations. With the third-row seats folded, the available boot space is at 700 litres and with both seat rows folded, the SUV offers a massive boot space of 1,775 litres, the best in its segment.
The seven-seater combines dynamic performance, authentic off-road experience and embodies the new Volkswagen SUV DNA, making it extremely versatile with a high appeal factor.
True to its R-Line legacy, the Tiguan Allspace R-Line is a performance SUV, and its aggressive stance, coupled with 19” Sebring alloy wheels, commands attention on- and off- the road. It offers the highest power and torque in its class, thanks to an impressive output of 220PS and torque of 350Nm, and its capabilities are enhanced with a 4Motion all-wheel drive system. The interior is no less impressive, with the best connectivity features such as a Digital Cockpit and 9.2” Discover Pro infotainment system.
The Volkswagen R-Line variants take inspiration from the Volkswagen performance R range. The R-Line range is a sporty styling package fitted onto the vehicle to give it an extra edge in creating an overall sportier look while maintaining great value.
Erik Winter, Managing Director of VPCM says that the growing SUV market in Malaysia offers a ripe opportunity for the Tiguan Allspace. “The SUV segment in Malaysia has grown by 65% and we believe it will continue to drive and lead the auto market. With the addition of the two Tiguan Allspace variants, Volkswagen will be able to cater to different SUV seekers by offering them a German engineered seven-seater option, with performance that is unrivalled.”
A global bestseller for Volkswagen, the Tiguan broke barriers when it hit the sixth million mark in 2019 and became the best-selling model for the Volkswagen group in the same year. Now, a brand-new Tiguan rolls off the production line somewhere on the globe every 35 seconds.
Bookings and test drive arrangements can be made at all authorized Volkswagen dealerships nationwide. For more information, visit www.volkswagen.com.my
The all-new Tiguan Allspace Highline comes with full LED headlamps and taillights, 18” Kingston alloy wheels with front and rear fog lights.
An assortment of aesthetic and functional features is available in the Tiguan Allspace Highline. The interior is furnished with ‘Vienna’ leather seat upholstery, 12-way electric driver seat and “Climatronic” air conditioning system with 3-zone temperature control for the comfort of all passengers. Ambient lighting is also available to elevate the overall interior ambience. The leather multi-function steering wheels with paddle shifters and cruise control makes driving the all-new Tiguan Allspace Highline a breeze.
Engine and Performance
The Tiguan Allspace Highline combines a 1.4TSI turbocharged direct injection engine with a 6-speed wet clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG) to give an impressive output of 150PS and a torque of 250Nm. This SUV also provides fuel consumption reading of approximately 7.3l/100km.
An 11.7” Digital Cockpit with high-resolution display colour thin-film transistor (TFT) incorporates functions and features in 2D and 3D graphic display for navigation and media. A six-view customizable screen offers a new level of personalization with over 30 combinations options.
Other features include a wide range of connectivity options through an 8” Composition Media touchscreen head unit which supports the rear-view camera and complete car menu and infotainment system.
The Tiguan Allspace Highline is equipped with key safety features such as six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist (BA), Multi-collision brakes, Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) as well as hill-hold control.
The Tiguan Allspace R-Line comes equipped with the same features as the Tiguan Allspace Highline and much more.
The Tiguan Allspace R-Line exudes sporty performance with R-Line front and rear bumpers, design strips on the front side panels, dual tipped tailpipes and a rear spoiler. The overall look is accentuated with 19” Sebring alloy wheels.
On top of the 12-way electric R-Line sports front seats that wrapped in Vienna leather, the interior features the R-Line badge the seats along with an R-Line steering wheel, stainless aluminium sports pedals, front and rear aluminium scuff plates, ‘Dark Grid’ decorative inserts and a black headliner.
Engine and Performance
The Tiguan Allspace R-Line is an SUV that boasts space, comfort and performance. A complete game changer, it is powered by a 2.0TSI turbocharged direct injection engine and mated with a 7-speed wet clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG) to produce an impressive output of 220PS and torque of 350Nm. This makes the Tiguan Allspace R-Line the highest performance vehicle in its segment.
The all-new Tiguan Allspace R-Line is fitted with 4MOTION, an all-wheel drive system also found in the Golf R. With 4MOTION, the vehicle’s traction, acceleration, grip and off-road abilities are improved as the all-wheel drive system distributes the power between all four wheels when and where it is needed. The 4MOTION works hand in hand with other active safety systems in the car such as the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and the Hill Descent Control (HDC).
Aside from the high clarity Digital Cockpit, the Tiguan Allspace R-Line is equipped with a 9.2” Discover Pro navigation infotainment system that is easy to operate, thanks to plug-in App Connect (Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Mirrorlink), complete voice and gesture control to give drivers complete hands-free connectivity from their seat.
The Tiguan Allspace R-Line comes with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with Driving Mode Selection for a more personalised drive with up to 15 driving style preference and four driving modes – Comfort, Normal, Individual and Off-Road. Each of the vehicles shock absorbers are connected to a system that calculates data from the sensors to provide optimum settings to suit the driver’s preference and needs.
Hill Descent Control (HDC) is an additional safety feature that offers exciting off-road control when set in Off-Road mode. The feature, which is part of the 4MOTION system, applies the brakes and accelerator when and where needed to keep the vehicle moving at a controlled and stable speed downhill.
Colour and Price
Both the all-new Tiguan Allspace Highline and all-new Tiguan Allspace R-Line variants is available in Blue Silk, Pure White, Deep Black, Platinum Grey and Pyrite Silver.