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  • Two petrol engines and three diesels
  • No hybrids or pure electric models
  • Choice of manual or DSG automatic gearbox

VW Tiguan Allspace: which engines does it have?

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine range consists of two petrols and three diesels, available with a choice of manual or DSG automatic gearboxes and two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace petrol engines

The base 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine in the Tiguan Allspace produces 150hp and 250Nm of torque, giving a 0-62mph time of 9.5 seconds and top speed of 124mph (123mph in DSG auto form). If you fancy a little more punch (at the expense of fuel economy), the 2.0-litre TSI engine produces a chunky 180hp and 320Nm of torque. Enough for a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 129mph.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace diesel engines

Blending excellent fuel economy and a reasonable turn of speed, the base 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine boasts 150hp and 340Nm of torque.

That means it’s good for a 0-62mph time of 9.8 seconds and a top speed of 126mph (124mph with DSG auto). Most Tiguan Allspace drivers will go for this engine and it’s not hard to see why. There’s little difference in real world pace compared to the pokier 190hp diesel engine, while the healthy amounts of torque on offer are well suited to a large SUV.

The 190hp 2.0-litre diesel engine produces 400Nm of torque and accelerates from 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds. Top speed is 130mph.

Finally, if you’re after the most powerful Tiguan Allspace that money can buy the 240hp 2.0-litre BiTDI engine provides hot hatch levels of performance from Volkswagen’s big SUV. The sprint from 0-62mph takes just 6.7 seconds, while top speed is 142mph. Torque is rated at a substantial 500Nm.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace gearbox options

Customers have a choice between a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-speed DSG automatic in the Tiguan Allspace. The former is nice to use and has a relatively short, slick action that makes it easy to change through the gears.

Meanwhile, the DSG automatic is smooth but can be hesitant – especially when pulling away sharply from a standstill. Moving the gear selector into Sport helps alleviate this but can harm fuel economy.

  • Safe and predictable handling
  • Surprisingly manoeuvrable
  • Capable tow car 

VW Tiguan Allspace: how does it drive?

As you’d expect, all Tiguan Allspaces handle in a broadly similar manner to the regular Tiguan. That means high levels of grip and predictably when cornering, but little in the way of excitement.

All 4Motion all-wheel drive models come as standard with Volkswagen’s Driver Profile selection allowing the user to cycle through four different drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Normal and Sport. Each individual mode tweaks throttle response, steering weight, gearbox settings and – on cars fitted with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) – how firm the suspension is.

R-Line models come with sports suspension (firmer, and lowered by 15mm) as standard but we’ve yet to try these versions in the UK.

Safe and stable, with plenty of grip

Driven at a normal pace the Tiguan Allspace inspires plenty of confidence, providing bags of grip and traction with surprising levels of manoeuvrability for such a big car. We’d advise against getting too carried away, mind, as for all its grip and stability there’s still noticeable amounts of bodyroll (when the body of the car leans out of the corner) if you push the car hard through bends.

Turning into a tight bend yields excellent positivity from the steering wheel, even if levels of overall feedback are lacking. The steering also feels too light at speed – something that can be remedied with the Sport mode in the Driver Profile selection.

Excellent urban credentials

Taking a seven-seat SUV into the city is enough to give many drivers sweaty palms, yet the Tiguan Allspace hides its size well. Its turning circle and general levels of agility are on par with smaller cars, plus all-round visibility is surprisingly strong.

Because of this, parking the Tiguan Allspace in tight spots is relatively easy with standard-fit all-round parking sensors also giving you that extra bit of guidance.

Is it any good off road?

We’ve not driven the Tiguan Allspace on the rough stuff yet, but previous experience with the regular Tiguan suggests its bigger cousin will also be more than capable of climbing a steep, craggy path or traversing a muddy field – so long as its fitted with 4Motion all-wheel drive.

All such models come with four different settings for the all-wheel drive system – On-road, Off-road, Off-road, Individual and Snow.

The optional Outdoor Pack is also available if you intend to give your Tiguan Allspace a more rugged look, and includes an off-road front bumper, off-road chrome door sill protectors and additional front underbody protection. The front underbody guard is also available as a cost option and offers extra engine and transmission underbody protection.

Capable tow car

VW Tiguan Allspace: how much can it tow?

The Tiguan Allspace can be fitted with either a fixed or detachable towbar, with the maximum braked towing weight for the 2.0-litre TDI 150 4Motion model set at 2,400kg. This increases to 2,500kg if you opt for the 2.0-litre BiTDI 240 4Motion version.