Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Easy-to-adjust, high-up driving position
  • Good overall control layout, with exceptions
  • 8.0-colour touchscreen comes as standard

VW Tiguan Allspace: what's it like inside?

With a clean, quality-feeling (albeit fairly drab) design the Tiguan Allspace’s interior is your standard Volkswagen fare, regardless of which spec you go for.

High-up driving position

All drivers should be able to get comfortable in the Tiguan Allspace with very little trouble. There’s plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel, all centering around the standard high-up SUV driving position. No matter where you set the seat and wheel, however, the gearstick (manual or DSG auto) and handbrake are always within easy reach.

The view out from all angles is surprisingly good for a car of this size, with smaller-than average blindspots, especially around the rear three-quarters of the car.

Reasonable control layout

Switches for functions such as the climate control, drive modes, windscreen wipers and headlights are all laid out where you’d expect, so it’s a shame that the cruise control buttons are fiddly. Mounted on the wheel, they’re not as easy to use as other offerings from the Volkswagen Group and take some getting used to.

There’s also no audio mute button in sight, something else that other Volkswagen Group brands have no trouble integrating.

Volkswagen’s Active Info Display is available on the Tiguan Allspace and replaces regular dials with a 12.3-inch TFT screen capable of displaying customisable information screens, such as maps or audio information. The graphics are sharp, but the system lags behind Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system for user-friendliness.

Largely good quality materials

Around 90% of the materials in the Tiguan Allspace’s interior feel soft to the touch and expensive, with liberal uses of high-quality plastics and brushed metal detailing. However, there are still some decidedly cheap-feeling materials on display – with the hard plastics around the central transmission tunnel the most prominent.

Decent infotainment system

VW’s Discover Navigation infotainment system is fitted as standard to the Tiguan Allspace, and boasts an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with touch-senstive buttons on either side of the display.

The graphics are sharp and up to date, and the menus are easy to understand, yet it would still be easier to operate with a rotary knob style controller seen on, among others, Audis, BMWs and Mazdas. Pressing the right button on the – admittedly responsive – touchscreen is still a hit-and-miss operation. 

  • Ride quality good on the whole
  • Low levels of road and wind noise
  • Just a shame about those noisy diesels

VW Tiguan Allspace: how comfy is it?

The Tiguan Allspace boasts a largely comfortable and well-sorted suspension setup and benefits from minimal levels of road and wind noise. It’s just a shame, then, that the diesel engines on offer – especially the most popular 150 and 190hp variants – are disappointingly noisy and unrefined.

Good overall ride quality

With a longer wheelbase than the regular Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace produces a slightly better ride quality with greater levels of composure. It’s less likely to get unsettled over an uneven piece of road and soaks up the majority of lumps and bumps in the tarmac well.

One of the main highlights is how it deals with high-speed A-roads or motorways. The damping is pliant enough to remain comfortable yet never feels wallowy or overly soft. Complementing this are hushed levels of road and wind noise up there with the best in class.

However, even on the relatively small 18-inch alloy wheels, we still detected a certain harshness to the ride over sharp bumps or potholes. Not the end of the world, but enough to stand out against an otherwise well-sorted ride.

Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is available as an option and gives the driver a choice between sport or comfort suspension modes. Each setting does make a noticeable difference, although we’re yet to try DCC on UK roads back-to-back against the standard suspension.

Noisy diesel engines 

Both the 150 and 190hp 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines produce plenty of noise when driven around town or when accelerating. Settle into a cruise with the radio on and things do quieten down, but it’s obvious that Volkswagen needs to work on insulating the sound from its diesel motors.