Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has launched the all-new Tiguan Allspace SUV. The Tiguan Allspace is available in two variants i.e. Highline 1.4TSI and R-Line 2.0TSI; both locally assembled in Pekan, Pahang.
The Allspace moniker refers to the extended wheelbase version of the Tiguan, with an additional two seats, making it a 5+2 seater. This allows for greater flexibility in seating and carrying configuration, but also bumps up the dimensions, mainly in overall length and wheelbase. With the third row seats folded, available boot space is 700 litres. Fold the second and third row seats down and you have 1,775 litres of cargo space, the best in its segment.
Differences Between Allspace Highline And R-Line
While looking quite similar, there are obvious differences between the two. Firstly, the price tags are very different. The Tiguan Allspace Highline is priced at RM169,990 while the Allspace R-Line carries a RM213,490 price tag. However, seeing that these are locally assembled and there is a sales tax exemption currently, both variants have a current retail price of RM164,430.75 and RM208,553.79 respectively, until 31 December 2020.
Engine And Performance
The Allspace Highline sports a 1.4L TSI turbocharged direct injection engine with a 6-speed wet clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG). This is capable of an output of 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, official average fuel consumption stands at approximately 7.3l/100km.
On the other hand, the Allspace R-Line has a livelier engine. The 2.0L TSI turbocharged direct injection engine and 7-speed wet clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG) give out an output of 220 PS and 350 Nm of torque. These are the highest performance figures in its segment.
Additionally, the Allspace R-Line is fitted with 4MOTION, an all-wheel-drive system that is also found in the Golf R. 4MOTION is a system which aids traction, acceleration, grip and off-road abilities. The all-wheel-drive system distributes power between the four wheels when and where it is needed. This works hand-in-hand with other active safety systems such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and Hill Descent Control (HDC).
Key safety features of the Allspace Highline include six airbags, ESP, ABS, Brake Assist (BA), Multi-collision brakes, Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) as well as hill-hold control.
While the Allspace R-Line adds on Hill Descent Control (HDC) for better off-road control when set in Off-Road mode. The feature is part of the 4MOTION system and applies the brakes and accelerator when and where needed to keep the vehicle moving at a controlled and stable speed downhill.
On the outside, the Allspace Highline has full LED headlamps and taillights, front and rear fog lights, and 18” Kingston alloy wheels.
The Allspace R-Line adds to that a sporty R-Line kit consisting of front and rear bumpers, design strips on the front side panels, dual tipped tailpipes and a rear spoiler. The tail lights feature triangle motifs. The overall look is finished off with 19” Sebring alloy wheels.
The Allspace Highline comes with ‘Vienna’ leather seat upholstery, 12-way electric driver seat and “Climatronic” air-conditioning system with 3-zone temperature control. There is also ambient lighting to change up the cabin ambience. The leather multi-function steering wheels with paddle shifters and cruise control makes for convenient driving.
On top of the 12-way electric R-Line sports front seats in ‘Vienna’ leather, the interior also features other R-Line branded items like the steering wheel, stainless aluminium sports pedals, front and rear aluminium scuff plates, ‘Dark Grid’ decorative inserts and a black headliner.
A sizable 11.7” Digital Cockpit with high-resolution display colour thin-film transistor (TFT) in the Allspace Highline incorporates functions and features in 2D and 3D graphic display for navigation and media. Further, a six-view customizable screen offers a new level of personalisation with over 30 combination options.
Other features include a wide range of connectivity options through an 8” Composition Media touchscreen head unit which supports the rear-view camera and complete car menu and infotainment system.
Aside from the high clarity Digital Cockpit, the Allspace R-Line is equipped with a larger 9.2” Discover Pro navigation infotainment system that is easy to operate, thanks to plug-in App Connect (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Mirrorlink). There is also voice and gesture control to give drivers complete hands-free connectivity.
Only the Allspace R-Line comes with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with Driving Mode Selection for a more personalised drive. You have up to 15 driving style preferences and four driving modes to choose from i.e. Comfort, Normal, Individual and Off-Road.
Moreover, each of the vehicle’s shock absorbers are connected to a system that calculates data from the sensors to provide optimum settings to suit the driver’s preference and needs.
“The SUV segment in Malaysia has grown by 65% and we believe it will continue to drive and lead the auto market. With the addition of the two Tiguan Allspace variants, Volkswagen will be able to cater to different SUV seekers by offering them a German engineered seven-seater option, with performance that is unrivalled,” said Erik Winter, Managing Director of VPCM of the growing SUV trend in Malaysia.
Both the Allspace variants are available in Blue Silk, Pure White, Deep Black, Platinum Grey and Pyrite Silver. Owners will also enjoy 3 years free maintenance, 5 years unlimited mileage warranty and 5 years roadside assistance.
Bookings and test drive arrangements can be made at all authorised Volkswagen dealerships nationwide. For more information, visit www.volkswagen.com.my