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Pricing and specifications for the seven-seat Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2018 model range have been revealed, with the all-new longer wheelbase family SUV squaring off against some popular sellers.
The new Tiguan Allspace range will consist of two trim lines, but will be available with five different drivetrains to choose from - offering a lot of alternatives for customers who may otherwise be shopping for a Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento or a seven-seat version of the Mitsubishi Outlander, Honda CR-V or Nissan X-Trail.
The Comfortline can also be had with an all-wheel drive 2.0-litre turbo 132TSI drivetrain (132kW/320Nm) with a seven-speed DSG auto, at $45,490. Diesel buyers will get a Comfortline option, too, with the all-wheel drive 2.0-litre turbo 110TDI (110kW/340Nm) and seven-speed DSG coming in at $46,990.
Standard equipment for the Comfortlline model includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen media system with sat nav and 'App Connect' (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), three USB ports, auto headlights and rain-sensing wipers, three-zone climate control, LED headlights, front fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels, electric tailgate with hands-free operation, keyless entry and push-button start.
Safety kit includes a full suite of active safety gear: auto emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, semi-automated parking, a rear-view camera and front and rear parking sensors are all standard. Plus models with all-wheel-drive have driver profile selection, and all models have a multi-collision brake system (to stop you from continuing to move in the event of an accident), and there’s rear auto braking, too.
The Highline model adds a little extra price to offset some additional equipment. It is available with a more powerful 162TSI petrol engine (2.0-litre turbo, 162kW/350Nm) with a seven-speed DSG and '4Motion' all-wheel-drive, at $52,990. There’s a diesel Highline, too, with a 2.0-litre turbo 140TDI (140kW/400Nm) with a seven-speed DSG and AWD, listed at $54,490.
The Highline’s media system steps up to a 9.2-inch screen with sat nav, and it also gains ambient interior lighting, Vienna leather trim, electric front seat adjust with memory settings, heated front seats and heated second-row outer seats.
Defining the Highline from the exterior is a set of 'premium LED tail-lights' and 19-inch wheels, while the drive experience is said to be enhanced by adaptive chassis control, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, Emergency Assist (which can pull the car over if it determines the driver to be non-responsive), and auto high-beam headlights.
There are a few packages for buyers, too.
The Comfortline can be had with the 'Driver Assistance Package' ($1600) which adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, auto high-beam lights, adaptive cruise control and 'Emergency Assist'.
The 'Comfortline Luxury Package' is $4000, and adds Vienna leather trim with electric front seat adjustment and a panoramic glass roof with strip lights.
The 'Comfortline Sound and Vision Package' is $3200, and adds VW’s 'Active Info Display' (a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster), an eight-speaker Dynaudio sound system, and surround-view camera (360-degree camera), and ambient lighting.
The Sound and Vision pack is also offered on the Highline, but because it already has ambient lighting, it costs $3000. A panoramic glass roof on the Highline is also available, at a cost of $2000.
The only other option pack for Highline buyers is the 'R-Line Package', at $2900. It adds R-Line bumpers and sills, a black rear spoiler, 20-inch wheels, R-Line black leather trim, stainless steel pedals, an R-Line steering wheel with paddle-shifters, a black headliner, R-Line scuff plates and 'Progressive Steering' system (essentially a quicker steering system to more nimble-feeling handling).
The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace shares a lot with the regular Tiguan model, but offers better practicality by way of a bigger body and longer wheelbase (up by 109mm to 2790mm). The Tiguan Allspace spans 4701mm long, making it 215mm longer than the Tiguan, and it has a bigger boot with five seats in place (700 litres), while with seven seats in use it has 230L of cargo capacity.
Not only does the Tiguan Allspace compete with some Korean and Japanese rivals, it also goes up against its sibling-under-the-skin model, the Skoda Kodiaq, which is differentiated by its all-wheel drive only approach.
Comfortline 110TSI 6-sp DSG FWD - $40,490
Comfortline 132TSI 7-sp DSG AWD - $45,490
Comfortline 110TDI 7-sp DSG AWD - $46,990
Highline 162TSI 7-sp DSG AWD - $52,990
Highline 140TI 7-sp DSG AWD - $54,490