Being larger than a Tiguan, the Allspace closes the gap between the Tiguan and the premium class Touareg and offers a third row of seats that fold into the cargo floor.
By RUBIN VAN NIEKERK
Some design modifications and an expanded range of features set it apart from the more compact Tiguan, and the granite grey underbody protection is standard.
Digital instrumentation allows you to choose from five different info profiles; like with the Navigation profile, for example, the speedometer and rev counter move to the sides to make more room for the GPS map in the middle.
Innovative driver assistance systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist and the City Emergency Braking function offer semi-automated driving features that improve comfort and safety. Three trim lines namely Trendline, Comfortline and Highline include expanded standard features which emphasises the luxury aspects of Tiguan.
Standard 4MOTION ensures a towing capability of up to 2500kg and operates primarily via the front axle. When traction loss is detected, the rear axle is smoothly engaged in a fraction of a second suggesting that the 4MOTION system is considered to be a permanent all-wheel drive. Power distribution is continually adapted to current driving conditions via the multi-plate clutch in a matter of split seconds. If necessary, nearly 100 percent of the drive torque can be directed to the rear axle during manoeuvring or when driving through tight bends. Relying predominantly on front-wheel-drive reduces fuel consumption.
An intuitively operated rotary/pushbutton switch of the 4MOTION Active Control is located on the centre console and activates four higher-level modes and various pop-up menus. A driver can switch the assistance systems in a matter of seconds with a single manual operation to adapt to the precise driving situation. Due to limited ground clearance not many owners would take the Tiguan off road even though there is an “Off-road” mode.