Revealed: 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace facelift

The facelifted seven-seater SUV follows the updated standard Tiguan

  • Available in four trim levels with a choice of engines
  • Boasts luggage space of up to 1,920 litres 
  • On sale in June 2021

Volkswagen has unveiled the facelifted Tiguan Allspace. The seven-seater SUV gets the same styling and tech upgrades as the regular Tiguan, including a refreshed interior and a host of new safety systems.

Volkswagen Tiguan SUV review

Since its introduction back in 2007, the Tiguan has become one of the best-selling SUV models on the market, bolstered by the launch of the roomier Allspace in 2017 - a longer version of the standard model. With its optional third row of seats, it offers enough room for up to seven people, making it a good option for larger families.

The Tiguan Allspace is due to go on sale later this month, with first deliveries expected in October. Volkswagen is yet to confirm UK prices but the brand has said that the SUV’s price tag won’t be far off that of the previous model in Germany (€36,000), which works out at approximately £31,000.

Design and interior

In terms of appearance and interior upgrades, the Tiguan Allspace follows the trend already set by the latest version of the standard Tiguan, including sharper styling details, a digital cockpit and comprehensive connectivity tech. It features new Matrix LED headlights, gets a restyled front bumper and radiator grille and sits on 18-inch alloy wheels. Buyers can also choose from a selection of new paint options called Onyx White and Kings Red.

The upgrades continue inside. The Allspace now has touch-sensitive climate controls like the ones already seen in the latest Golf. It also features a range of online-based services and functions, thanks to Volkswagen’s latest MIB3 infotainment system, which is displayed via an eight or optional 9.2-inch touchscreen. Other upgrades to the cabin include new seat covers and door panels.

Thanks to a wheelbase that’s 110mm longer than the standard Tiguan, the Allspace SUV offers extra legroom for rear-seat passengers, while its boot space increases from 1,655 to 1,920 litres. It can also tow up to 2,500kg.

Travel Assist, a semi-autonomous driving mode, has also been introduced to the Tiguan Allspace. This means the SUV can take control of its own steering, throttle and brakes while travelling on the motorway at speeds of up to 130mph, providing the driver keeps their hands on the steering wheel. If fitted with an automatic gearbox, however, the system will work from a standstill.

Specifications and options

The updated Tiguan Allspace is available with the same trim-level structure as the standard model, with just four options available: a base-model, Life, Elegance and R-Line. The entry-level car comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails and a silver undertray as standard. The Life model gains a leather multifunction steering wheel, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, silver anodised roof rails and an electric tailgate.

The Elegance trim includes 19-inch alloy wheels and features a 30-colour ambient lighting system, while the range-topping R-Line comes with sportier exterior styling, an R-Line-branded sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals. This model can also be specced with a black styling pack.

Despite a streamlined trim structure, customers can still choose from a comprehensive list of options. These include a tilting panoramic sunroof, perforated leather upholstery, a colour head-up display, electrically adjustable and massaging front seats and a premium Harman Kardon sound system.

Engines and performance

Not much has changed over the standard model when it comes to the engines available. The petrol range starts with a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, which produces 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. As it’s fitted with Volkswagen’s Active Cylinder Management system, it can shut down two of the engine’s cylinders when cruising to improve fuel economy.

Next up is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which is available with two power outputs. The cheaper of the two has 187bhp, while the more expensive variant produces the same 242bhp as the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Both options, however, are fitted with the same seven-speed automatic gearbox and benefit from four-wheel drive.

There are two diesel options available. Both are based on the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit and are linked to a seven-speed automatic gearbox. One makes 148bhp, while the other has 197bhp. The latter comes with four-wheel drive as standard but buyers can spec the cheaper model with this as an optional extra.

Volkswagen has hinted at an e-Hybrid version of the seven-seater Allspace, which the carmaker says would be powered by the same 242bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor as the Mk8 Golf PHEV.

Want to know how the Volkswagen Tiguan stacks up against its rivals? Check out our Volkswagen Tiguan vs Ford Kuga & SEAT Ateca comparison review. 

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