New 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace facelift launched

The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace has been updated for 2021, bringing fresh styling and more technology

This is the facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. The popular seven-seat SUV now comes with the same suite of updates fitted to the revised standard model, giving buyers sharper styling, more interior technology and some extra safety equipment.

Volkswagen will start taking orders for the revised Tiguan Allspace later this month, with the first deliveries due to arrive in October. UK prices are yet to be confirmed but, in Germany, the brand says the SUV will be priced “more or less the same as the old model” at around €36,000 (roughly £31,000).

Cosmetic updates for the updated Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace include new 18-inch alloy wheels, new Matrix LED headlights, a restyled front bumper and a new radiator grille. Buyers also have two new paint finishes to choose from: Onyx White and Kings Red.

The Allspace’s wheelbase is 110mm longer than the standard Tiguan’s which liberates some extra rear legroom and increases the SUV’s maximum boot capacity from 1,655 litres to 1,920 litres. It also has a towing weight of up to 2.5 tonnes.

Inside, the updated Tiguan Allspace gets new seat covers, new door panels and new climate controls, with touch sensitive sliders and digital displays in place of the old car’s rotary knobs and buttons. Volkswagen’s latest MIB3 infotainment system makes an appearance, too, with either an eight-inch or optional 9.2-inch screen.

The facelift also introduces Travel Assist to the Tiguan Allspace. The semi-autonomous driving mode can take control of the SUV’s steering, throttle and brakes on the motorway at speeds of up to 130mph, providing the driver keeps their hands on the steering wheel. When fitted with an automatic gearbox, the system will even work from a standstill.

Volkswagen has also cut a lot of complexity out of the Tiguan’s trim-level structure. Now, there’s just four options available: a base-model, Life, Elegance and R-Line.

The entry-level car comes as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails and a silver undertray. Life models build on this specification with a leather multifunction steering wheel, silver anodised roof rails, an electric tailgate and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. 

Elegance models get 19-inch alloy wheels and a 30-colour ambient lighting system, while R-Line variants come with a sporty body-kit, an R-Line sports steering wheel and aluminium pedals. The latter option can also be specced with a black styling pack, which swaps all of the car’s exterior trim for black replacements.

Volkswagen has also expanded the Tiguan Allspace’s options list. Buyers can have 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.

The Allspace’s engine range is pretty much identical to the standard car’s. The petrol range opens with a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, with 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. It’s fitted with Volkswagen’s Active Cylinder Management system, which can shut down two of the engine’s cylinders when cruising for better fuel economy.

Above that, there’s a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit available in two states of tune. The cheaper model has 187bhp, while the more expensive variant has the same 242bhp output as the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Both options are fitted with a seven-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.

Buyers can also choose from two diesel options, both of which are based on the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. One makes 148bhp, while the other has 197bhp – and both are fitted as standard with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The more powerful diesel also comes as standard with four-wheel drive, although the system can also be specified as an optional extra on the cheaper model.

Volkswagen has also said that it could introduce an e-Hybrid version of the Tiguan Allspace, which would use the same 242bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor as the Mk8 Golf PHEV. 

However, the Tiguan R’s 316bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine won’t make it into the Allspace, as Volkswagen says the long-wheelbase model’s focus is on “long distance driving capability” rather than outright performance.

Now read our review of the facelifted standard wheelbase Volkswagen Tiguan… 

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