Here’s a break from the usual 2019 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) programming – a European car that Malaysia is yet to, or will never, get. The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is essentially a longer version of the second-generation Tiguan that was launched in our market in March 2017.

At 4,701 mm, the Allspace is 215 mm longer than a regular Tiguan, and its 2,787 mm wheelbase is 106 mm longer. It’s not easy to spot this added length at a glance, and that’s a testament to good design – VW designed the rear doors to be longer, and raised the bonnet section above the radiator grille to achieve pleasing proportions.

The added length is used to fit in two more seats. With all 5+2 seats erect, there’s 230 litres of storage space; not much, but fold down the third row and you’ll get a generous 700 litres (to the window line). Pull the latches on the boot wall to fold the second row seats and the cargo area grows to 1,775 litres.

Bigger body aside, the Allspace is all Tiguan. Under the hood is a 1.4 litre TSI engine with 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque, available from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm. The petrol turbo engine is mated to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox, and the combo is good for 0-100 km/h in 9.5 seconds. Top speed is 202 km/h. There’s no 4Motion, so this SUV is front-wheel-drive.

As for kit, the well-equipped Allspace includes Vienna leather seats, leather on the steering and gear knob, foldable tray tables for second row passengers, an eight-inch touchscreen head unit, Active Info Display digital instrument panel, powered front seats (memory for driver), 18-inch “Nizza” alloys and LED headlights/DRLs/tail lights.

Also on are heated wing mirrors, DCC adaptive chassis control, Kessy keyless entry and push start, powered rear hatch, cruise control, three-zone climate control and an electronic parking brake with auto hold. Available in five colours – Candy White, Deep Black, Indium Grey, Reflex Silver and Silk Blue – the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace is reasonably priced at Rp 533 juta (RM157,206), undercutting our five-seat Tiguan Highline.