The VW Tiguan Allspace is a bigger, seven-seat version of the Tiguan. You get plenty of high-tech creature comforts and lots of room in the back, but alternatives are much cheaper
If you’re looking for a practical seven-seat family car with plenty of high-tech touches then the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace could be right up your street. It’s longer and taller than the five-seat Tiguan and a more upmarket alternative to the likes of the seven-seater Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail.
It isn’t just the VW’s looks that feel a smidge more grown-up than the Nissan – its interior is also a serious cut above. There are loads of soft-touch plastics, glossy metal-effect trims and soft-close cubbies, but sadly its design won’t get your pulse racing.
Much more exciting is the eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system you get as standard and the 12.3-inch digital driver’s display you get on all but entry-level SE Navigation cars. It looks just as sharp as the Virtual Cockpit system you get in posh Audis and really sets the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace apart from many less futuristic seven-seaters.
Speaking of seven seats, the Allspace musters up almost as much room in its third row as the cavernous Skoda Kodiaq. There’s just enough space for adults to get comfy on short journeys and kids won’t have too much to complain about on long hauls either.
The middle row is even roomier than in the standard Tiguan (thanks to the Allspace’s longer body) and there’s plenty of adjustment in the front seats to help you find your perfect driving position – even if you’re very tall.
Unfortunately, the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace loses some points when it comes to boot space. With all seven seats in place there’s still space for a small weekly shop but the Kodiaq has it licked for outright capacity. Thankfully, it’s a doddle to flip the back seats down using neat levers in the boot and the resulting flat load bay is large enough to swallow a couple of bikes.
Sadly, the Tiguan Allspace doesn’t quite live up to its name – other seven-seaters do have bigger boots – but it’s still a practical, if quite expensive, family car
If you do fancy lugging a few mountain bikes around you’ll be pleased to hear all but the 150hp 2.0-litre diesel and 1.4-litre petrol models come with four-wheel drive to give you a little extra grip in slippery conditions. If you spend more time pottering around town, however, the 1.4-litre petrol will be your best bet while a diesel Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is worth considering if you do plenty of long trips or regularly tow a trailer.
Whichever model you pick, you’ll find the Allspace very easy to drive. Its raised ride height and large windows give you a great view out and the light controls make it reasonably easy to manoeuvre in town – despite its large size.
It’s especially relaxing to drive if you pick a model with a smooth DSG automatic gearbox and all models come with a raft of high-tech safety kit. As a result, the Allspace is one of the best all-round seven-seat SUVs on sale, but if you can live without some of its headline-grabbing features a cheaper alternative might be more suitable.