Launched in Malaysia last year, the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace has been given a (very) mild 2021 model year update. Globally, the seven-seater has yet to receive the facelift that was recently given to the five-seater Tiguan, so the car you see here is still technically the latest model. However, there are some subtle technological upgrades that put it on par with the Arteon and facelifted Passat.

These changes are limited to the top 2.0 TSI 4Motion R-Line model, which now comes as standard with pill-shaped USB Type-C ports, replacing the previous rectangular Type-A ports below the climate control switchgear. It also gets the upgraded Discover Pro infotainment system, continuing to feature a 9.2-inch touchscreen and touch-sensitive volume, power, home and menu buttons.

The new-generation system features the same general interface design and gesture control function, although the home screen now has a second page for various vehicular functions and a favourites panel. Of more importance is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, now operating wirelessly over Bluetooth and WiFi.

On the outside, the only visual point of difference from the 2020 model are the black Volkswagen decals on the B-pillars. Beyond these minor changes, the R-Line remains virtually identical, with the same engine and equipment count as before.

The R-Line package adds sportier front and rear bumper designs, body-coloured cladding, intricate full-LED taillights and 19-inch Sebring alloys. Inside, you get a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sports seats, black headlining and alloy pedals and side sill plates.

Standard kit includes LED headlights, keyless entry, push-button start, triple-zone climate control, adaptive dampers, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with memory, leather upholstery, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, eight speakers, a reverse camera and a hands-free powered tailgate.

The safety kit has also been retained and consists of six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control and ISOFIX second-row child seat anchors. Unfortunately, the Allspace still doesn’t come with driver assistance systems such as autonomous emergency braking, although a driver attention monitor is offered.

The 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is unchanged and continues to push out 220 PS and 350 Nm torque; it’s mated to a seven-speed DSG wet dual-clutch transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive. The latter comes with several modes to suit the terrain, selectable via a centre console knob.

The updates come at no change to the R-Line’s pricing of RM209,637 on-the-road without insurance or the sales and services tax (SST), inclusive of a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.