Having showcased it for the first time at Auto Expo 2020 in February, Volkswagen has now launched the Tiguan Allspace SUV at Rs 33.12 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). It’s the first model VW has chosen to introduce by leveraging the relaxed norms for full imports, which lets a company bring in up to 2,500 vehicles a year in completely built-up (CBU) form without the need for homologation. As they’re all part of the VW Group – a single company – Skoda, Volkswagen and Audi have to share this 2,500-unit allocation, and as a result, the Tiguan Allspace will be available in limited numbers.
The fully imported Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace replaces the 5-seat Tiguan that’s been on sale in India for a few years now and costs nearly Rs 5 lakh more than the entry-level version of the outgoing model. While it has plenty in common with the 5-seat model, in terms of exterior and interior design, the Allspace is noticeably larger, with 215mm of added length and a 110mm longer wheelbase, which has enabled the addition of a third row of seats. The SUV's luggage carrying capacity can increase from 340 litres to 1,274 litres, depending on how many seats are folded down.
Being a full import, the Tiguan Allspace comes in a single, fully-loaded variant and packs in full-LED headlights with DRLs, a panoramic sunroof, full-digital instrument cluster, three-zone automatic climate control, hands-free boot opening, beige ‘Vienna’ leather seats, keyless entry, a touchscreen infotainment system and eight speakers. Safety kit includes seven airbags, ABS, Electronic Stability Control, a tyre pressure monitoring system, Isofix child seat mounts, an electronic parking brake and a reverse camera.
Colour options for the Tiguan AllSpace include orange, red, white, black, grey, silver and blue.
The sole engine option for the Tiguan Allspace is a 2.0-litre, TSI turbo-petrol producing 190hp and 320Nm of peak torque, mated to a paddleshifter operated 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels via Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. An engine start-stop system is standard.
While it is notably more expensive than the 5-seat model it replaces, the Tiguan Allspace is now a proper rival to the Skoda Kodiaq, which is also set to receive the same 2.0-litre TSI engine in the time to come.