Larger than its Tiguan sibling but not as big as the Touareg, the Allspace comes to Europe to fill the niche of seven-seat crossover SUVs, where among others it will also compete against a group affiliate – the Skoda Kodiaq.
The long-wheelbase version of the well known VW SUV will premiere in Europe during the Geneva Motor Show early next week, after already being showcased both in America and China. The Tiguan Allspace remains smaller than the Touareg by 3.7 inches (94 millimeters). The design is already known – it has longer rear doors for easier access to the optional third row of seats. There’s also an elongated hood to balance proportions and off-road adventurers can also get a more rugged version with underbody protection and increased approach angle.
When standing next to the standard-wheelbase second-generation Tiguan, the Allspace comes with a 109-millimeter (4.3-inch) longer wheelbase and is 215mm (8.5 inches) longer in total. Seven people or – in case you fold all rear seats, 1,920 liters (67.8 cubic feet) of stuff can be hauled away. The European powertrain lineup consists of six engines with up to 237 horsepower (176 kilowatts) – the entry level is the gasoline-driven 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that both deliver 148 hp (110kW). These can only be had as FWD models, but the rest of the options list will come standard with the dual clutch gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive.