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Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Power, Fun & Comfort

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The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is a bigger, seven-seat version of the Tiguan. It is the biggest and only 7-seater SUV that’s available in the Nepali market. The Allspace is 215mm longer than its smaller 5-seater version. Pooja International has offered the midsize SUV in two variants: Highline and Trendline at a price of Rs 11,800,000 and Rs 15,800,000, respectively. In this edition of Business 360, we try out the Trendline variant of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace and here is our take on it. Exterior The fascia of the car looks pretty much like a typical Volkswagen SUV – modern and symmetrical. The LED headlamps are very intricately designed making it look smart and the chrome lines across the grille gives the vehicle a premium feel. You can also find sharp lines that run across the bonnet and front bumper. To give the Tiguan Allspace a touch of ruggedness, it comes with black cladding on the lower half all around the car. From the side, it looks the most different from its 5-seater sibling. The proportions are changed and the rear overhang seems to be longer. Here you will find a strong shoulder line which has been stretched to the rear of the car. To add to its premium feel, there is chrome lining around the window area. The rear comes with its standard boomerang shaped tail lamps and the VW logo at its centre. To separate the body paint and the black cladding, there is chrome lining across the rear end. The faux exhausts on the lower-end of the bumper also get chrome treatment. Overall, the SUV looks appealing with neat and clean design elements.

Interior and Features

As soon as you get into the driver’s seat, on the front you will see an Audi inspired digital cockpit which displays plenty of information and can also be toggled between different layouts. The interiors are all black and the quality of materials is superior with a neatly laid out cabin. At the centre, you will find an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen which supports wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There’s leather upholstery and soft touch materials in the upper section of the dash and doors with comfortable seats that feel good to spend time in. Getting into the middle row is rather easy, thanks to the wide opening doors. There is plenty of space on the second row offering good headroom and legroom. The backrest can also be reclined for added comfort. The second row also has foldable tray tops. The main addition over the normal Tiguan is the third row of seats. Getting into the third row of seats is a bit of a squeeze as you have to get through the folded middle row seat. After you reach the third row, you will have very limited space. However, kids will be fine in the back and for adults it is okay for short city rides. The third-row seat can be split in half for additional boot space. With both the seats up, the car offers a reasonable 230-litre of boot space whereas you can get 700 litres of boot space with both seats folded down. The car is also equipped with plenty of comfort features such as three-zone climate control, powered driver’s seat with memory, powered boot lid, ambient lighting, heated front seats, park assist, power adjustable lumbar support for the driver and more.

Driving and Safety

Powering the Tiguan Allspace is a 2.0-litre turbocharged, 4-cylinder direct injection TSI petrol engine which is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces a maximum power of 174.5 hp and 320 Nm of torque. The engine feels really smooth and there are no vibrations at all. The car feels really relaxed while driving at lower rpm but as you floor down the pedal, you can feel the power coming in strongly over 2,000 rpm. It revs all the way to 6,000rpm making it really fun to drive. Adding to the fun factor is the paddle shifters and the Sport Mode which gets the most out of the powertrain. The 4 Motion, four wheel drive system and the off-road mode of the SUV worked really well even on a muddy uphill and the hill descent control was handy as well. The car has a good grip even while going through a corner, however you can feel a bit of a body roll. Though the firm suspension setup soaks up the city potholes pretty well, you can feel the big potholes into the cabin. The steering wheel feels a bit too light making it less involved with the car but it can make longer journeys more relaxing. Coming to the safety features, the car is equipped with six airbags, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Driver Alert System, Electronic Stability Control, 360-degree camera, multi-collision brake system, Traction control (ASR) with Electronic Differential Lock and more.

Verdict

The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is a great package that offers power, fun, comfort, practicality and a whole lot of features. It can be a good family car which can also be taken for fun off-roading weekends. The tough build quality, clean design element, technology and the performance give the car a premium character making it a great choice as a family vehicle. READ ALSO:
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