Test Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Sport 2.0 TDI 4Motion 150 HP
The Volkswagen Tiguan (test) is one of the most demanded models of the C-SUV segment in our country, normally standing in the top5 of sales in its category. To respond to those customers who need a plus space and two extra seats at specific times, the German brand launched a year ago the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace , model that is the protagonist of this new test in Current Motor.
This Tiguan Allspace enters the segment of the D-SUV , rivaling models such as the Skoda Kodiaq, the Nissan X-Trail, Peugeot 5008 or the new Seat Tarraco. Our Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace test is associated with the level of Sport finish , the diesel engine 2.0 TDI 150 HP , the DSG 7-speed gearbox and the 4Motion all-wheel drive. Let's see what this new 7-seater SUV is.
With a conservative exterior, not to vary, but it works
The " car" brand of the town "has not squeezed too much the brain to design this Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, although, on the other hand, it has quite logic. It is a concept very similar to the "normal" Tiguan , a car that works very well on a commercial level, why change it too much? Seeing it from that point of view, it has all the logic of the world.
If we place ourselves in front , it is difficult to differentiate it from your little brother. Some slight change in the bumper, and little else. The headlights with full LED lighting , communicated by the huge grille and its chromed slats are the most identitary feature of this German SUV. In the lower part we find a generous air intake to the engine compartment, black lower protections that are repeated on all four sides and some fog lights located in a very low area, so they are very exposed when we left asphalt.
The side view is what gives us a clue that it is not a normal Tiguan of five seats. The difference in length is noticeable, especially for the greater distance from the frame of the rear door to the rear corner, as well as the larger glazed area. We can also see that the rear doors are larger to facilitate access to the third and second row of seats. As standard it has 18-inch wheels, although our unit has 19-inch optionals valued at 685 euros.
In the backside we receive, once again, the sober known design of the Tiguan; pilots of lights with LED technology. In this case, we see the corresponding inscription with this specific model, "Tiguan Allspace". Everything is very familiar . As usual in German brands, it is very neat, visible, easy to operate and intuitive.
In this case we have, as standard, the Digital Cockpit instrument panel that we like so much for its good functioning, clarity and fluidity of image . It is complemented by the large capacitive touch screen located in the center of the dashboard, in addition to the head-up display that projects information such as speed or browser indications.
Although the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace enjoys a great quality in its interior materials, we have found it curious to find some shackles in the door moldings , in the "visor" of the instrument panel or in the center of the dashboard. I think that these little noises, motivated by improvable adjustments, are more of a problem of this particular unit than of something generic.
Anyway, it is also true that you have to look for these slight noises by pressing in critical areas, such as some edges of plastic pieces rigid. In any case, we have not noticed them during the normal circulation.
A detail that I liked a lot and is useful for both children and adults is that on the backs of the front seats we have practical tables . They fold and unfold in a moment and in a very simple way. They do not look like a lot of weight, but we can use it to work with a small laptop, for example. In addition, on one side we can display a drink holder where our refreshment will be very stable.
5 + 2: Good for 5, bad for the additions
As you already know you can imagine, the front seats of this model are more than enough for virtually any size. The second row of seats offers us a good space for three adults . It is true that whoever uses the central square will be somewhat more uncomfortable, due to the smaller width of this square and the intrusion of the central tunnel, but it is quite acceptable for what we are used to.
The height to the ceiling is good, but highlights especially the space for the knees (according to Volkswagen are 60 mm more space for knees than in a normal Tiguan). The seats allow for longitudinal sliding to vary the space that we leave to the third row or the trunk, and also have a slight adjustment in the inclination of the backrest.
Regarding the third row of seats, access It's complicated . We must slide the bench to its most advanced position, fold the backrest and, doing some contortion, to these last two seats. Once here, the knees are elevated and we must place ourselves in an unnatural position to keep the roof as far away as possible. I, with my height of 1.76, do not feel at ease here behind. Better to reserve only for children , because I do not want to imagine what it must be to travel for more than half an hour here behind.
The luggage capacity depends, logically, of the squares that we have deployed. If we have the second and third row folded we get 1,760 liters.Finally, if we use the three rows of seats we are left with a luggage compartment of 215 liters, which is not bad considering the type of car we are in.
Mechanical versions available
Currently, according to the configurator of the brand for the Spanish market, we can buy our Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace with a gasoline engine 1.5 TSI Evo 150 HP and with the 2.0 TDI engine Diesel in versions of 150 and 190 HP . For the moment, the gasoline engine can be associated with the DSG change, but not with the 4Motion traction. At the end of the article, in the price section, you can see the possibilities depending on the engine, transmission, traction and finishing level. The finishing levels are Advance and Sport.
2.0 TDI 150 CV, change DSG 7v and 4Motion traction
As we said above, our test unit uses the diesel engine 2 .0 TDI 150 HP and 340 Nm , which in this case is associated with the gearbox double clutch DSG with 7 gears and the 4Motion all-wheel drive The approved consumption for this version is 7.2 l/100 km in mixed cycle according to the new WLTP system -which you know is much more reliable than the previous NEDC- and of 5,6 according to NEDC.According to the tab, this version of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace reaches a maximum speed of 198 km/h and takes 9.8 seconds to cover the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h.
At the wheel: Not at all perfect, but at all correct
The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is a car with quiet behavior , which is especially comfortable on fast roads, such as the motorways or motorways . In this type of road it is very plumb and transmits a great feeling of comfort to the occupants, thanks to its correct (not perfect) aerodynamic insulation and the great comfort of its seats. At normal rates, at 120 km/h, its consumption is quite good, being possible to be slightly below 6 liters.
Less comfortable you feel in town , then the radius of turn is somewhat wide and the dimensions do not make it particularly agile in narrow streets or when maneuvering in places where there is no leftover space, such as parking. It has parking sensors front and rear and also with cameras that project a 360 degree vision, but nevertheless its quality is not too achieved . In that sense, in a BMW X3, for example, it is much better resolved.
On the other hand, when we take two-way roads with an improved state of conservation, with broken asphalts or potholes, the suspension is somewhat dry in certain circumstances, although nothing to worry about. This is also noticeable when passing over remarkable landmarks, of those that have spread like a plague in the Spanish localities. It is no less true that when we drive with several passengers or the loaded trunk shows something more "sweet" .
This model offers a good lateral grip , allowing just inclinations of the body.In any case, it is only an entry, because the usual Tiguan customer will not usually look for great sensations of sportsmanship, so I do not consider it a defect either.
The 150 CV can seem fair for a car of this magnitude, but the truth is that I have found enough for all kinds of circumstances . I think that any regular customer of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace will be comfortable with this mechanics, not needing to make the leap to the 2.0 TDI 190 hp.
And its recovery capacity, without being spectacular, has seemed quite correct. In large part it is thanks to the 7-speed DSG change , which I found quite intelligent when choosing which gear is ideal for each circumstance and relatively smooth when maneuvering at low speed. Another detail of the transmission is that, selecting the Eco driving mode, the gearbox can be uncoupled from the engine, circulating "by sail" when we lift our foot off the accelerator to save fuel.By the way, in seventh, at 120 km/h, the engine turns at exactly 2,000 rpm.
Of this engine what I did not like is its sonority . It is no novelty that the four-cylinder TDI engines of the Volkswagen Group are noisy, and in this case we have not had an exception. In standstill lets you notice more of your desired diesel engine condition , both outside and inside; and the same happens when we drive and the engine turns to more than 2,300 laps approximately. I think the brand should try to reduce its sound and isolate it a little better. Of course, barely perceived vibrations in the interior at idle.
Out of the asphalt?
Why not leave the asphalt if we have a 4Motion? Yes, as our unit comes with the 4Motion all-wheel drive and the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is an SUV, we have done some off-road asphalt . Obviously it is not an all-terrain, and you have to be careful not to hit the underside of the bodywork or damage the tires.
Like all SUVs, let us go a little further than we would do with a conventional tourism, not having fear to surpass the minimum bump or injured terrain; Always keeping in mind the type of car we drive. The 4Motion all-wheel drive provides this plus of guarantees when we want to cross a somewhat slippery terrain or when climbing an earth slope.
In these situations it is best to activate, with the rotary knob, the mountain-specific driving mode . It adapts the response of the engine and the gearbox, so that the accelerations are much smoother to find the maximum possible motor. It also activates the control of descents automatic, which works perfectly even if the slope we want to lower is very pronounced.
For the rest, as I said before, we must be careful and measure well not to hit with the cantilevers front or rear, or with the "belly" of the body on the ground. If the camera system had a better resolution it would also help us a lot in that sense.Of course, it is also true that it is also a product more expensive than most of its rivals of general brands of this segment D-SUV, such as the Seat Tarraco, the Peugeot 5008 or the Nissan X- Trail.
Regarding the consumption , our final record, combining many short, urban trips with motorway journeys, practically always performing normal driving -with some moments looking for the maximum possible acceleration and in other occasions circulating by ways and tracks -, it has been of 6.9 l/100 km .