FIRST DRIVE: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, fr RM165k

If you’re on the market for a new seven-seat SUV, chances are, you’ve got your eye on the new Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. There are two variants to choose from, starting with the vanilla 1.4 TSI Highline at RM165,031, and above that is the 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line at RM209,637. Both are exempted from the sales and service tax (SST).

To quickly recap, the 1.4 TSI mill offers 150 PS and 250 Nm, with drive sent to the front wheels through a six-speed wet dual-clutch transmission. The zero to 100 km/h sprint is done in 9.5 seconds, which is about the same as the Proton X70. But what you really want, is the 2.0 TSI model.

The top R-Line variant is powered by the venerable EA888 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, churning out 220 PS and 350 Nm of torque. That’s very nearly the same amount of power as the Golf GTI Mk7.5, and the torque figure is identical. It gets a beefier seven-speed DSG with 4Motion all-wheel drive, as well as Dynamic Chassis Control – just like the Golf R. The 0-100 km/h is done in 6.8 seconds. Nice.

Other key differences that set the Allspace apart from the regular five-seater version lie in its footprint. The Allspace is 215 mm longer, with 106 mm of that going into the 2,787 mm wheelbase. It’s also 26 mm taller at 1,674 mm. Impressively, the 1.4 TSI model weighs only 10 kg heavier (1,460 kg) than the five-seater model, but the 2.0 TSI R-Line is about 220 kg heftier at 1,680 kg. So, which would you choose? Let us know, below.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI Highline
GALLERY: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line

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  • RM165k can get One Proton X50 + one Proton X70..

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  • Minamah on Jan 07, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    This car ah, bukan kata AEB, Lane Departure Warning pun tarakk. Haiyaaa. Nak compensate dr rugi pun berpada2lah.

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  • donno on Jan 07, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Just pick x50 and be done with it. Nobody wants to go through the horrific VW DSG issues.

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  • Wish they had the Passat engine with 7 speed DSG and front wheel drive only. Likely can save 15k without the Haldex 4 motion.

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  • seancorr (Member) on Jan 07, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    I finally saw one R-Line 2.0T and it does look good in the metal however VCPM’s being stingy on the safety aspects of their entire lineup so that’s gonna be a show stopper for a lot of people since I only seen one on the road so far.

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Jan 07, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    no safety features at all

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  • Khairi on Jan 07, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    OMG I can’t agree more with you on the volume button. I always nag at my wife if she turns the volume button and it is not in the actual position, I will always insist on controlling it with the steering wheel. I feel better to find someone shares my thought on this lol.

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  • ex VGM staff on Jan 08, 2021 at 10:13 am

    7 speed is still dry clutch DSG?

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  • Civic Turbo 2018 on Jan 08, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    I thought seeing another local review somewhere. Got drag race Tiguan vs Allspace. Can’t rmb now

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  • Chong KL on Jan 09, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    VW? No way! look on the paper and compare spec against other SUV. Lack of this, lack of that…………If VW can be more generous, I believe people do not mind to pay more for it.

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