Included among the launch line-up for the new Volkswagen model, which offers seating for up to seven, will be three petrol and three diesel engines ranging in output from 148bhp though to 236bhp.
Volkswagen’s 148bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol unit kicks off proceedings in an entry level 1.4 TSI featuring Active Cylinder Management that sees it return 47mpg on the combined European test cycle for average CO2 emissions of 135g/km. It is accompanied by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with either 177bhp or 216bhp in the 2.0 TSI.
On the diesel side, Volkswagen’s widely used turbocharged 2.0-litre engine provides the Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TDI with either 148bhp, 178bhp or 236bhp. All the diesels are equipped with an SCR catalytic converter and a 12 litre AdBlue tank to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.
The 148bhp 1.4 TSI and 148bhp 2.0 TDI are both sold as standard with front-wheel drive, although the latter can be optioned with Volkswagen’s 4Motion four wheel drive system, which comes as standard on all other Tiguan Allspace models.
There is 215mm added to the overall length of the Tiguan including 110mm added to the wheelbase which allows the interior to accommodate an extra row of two seats or an additional 115 litres of boot space, according to Volkswagen.
This puts the total boot space of the Tiguan Allspace at 730 litres with the rearmost seats folded flat, or 1770 litres with only the front two seats unfolded; 180 litres up on the Nissan X-Trail with the third row folded, but 212 litres down on the Nissan with both rear sets of seats flat.
For comparison, it’s also 50 litres up and 295 litres down on the Skoda Kodiaq in those categories. Volkswagen is yet to provide a boot space figure with all three rows of seats in place, though.
On the outside, it’s largely similar to the standard Tiguan, with only minor revisions to the bonnet and front grille. The car’s profile is also slightly altered due to the extra length.
Under that tweaked bonnet will be a revised range of engines, which now begin with the 145bhp 1.4-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI engines, eschewing the 125bhp petrol and 115bhp diesel. For the 145bhp engines, all-wheel drive and DSG are optional, but are standard on all other engine setups.
Four specs will be available, S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium, matching the US equipment levels. Europe gets three, called Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.
We’ve already driven the Tiguan Allspace in prototype form, and found the two rearmost seats to be only practical for small children; even two small adults would struggle to sit side by side in the third row.
Everywhere else, the Allspace mirrors the standard Tiguan in its uninspiring but sure-footed drive, plush-feeling cabin and solid, quality feel.
It’s being brought to market in Europe in the second half of 2017, but is likely to reach the UK slightly later than other markets. It’ll be priced in Germany from around €30,000 (around £25,744); a premium of about £3000 over the standard. This means a UK starting price of over £26,000; the standard Tiguan costs £23,140 here.
Additional reporting by Greg Kable