The refreshed seven-seat VW Tiguan gets some nifty tech upgrades

It’s the bigger Tiguan’s turns to get some updates
by Leandre Grecia | May 14, 2021
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Volkswagen updated the standard five-seat Tiguan back in July 2020. Now, it’s the bigger version’s turn to get an upgrade.

Known as the Tiguan Allspace, this is the long-wheelbase version of VW’s crossover that can be specced with as many as seven seats. It gets a slightly tweaked front end—which has  been extended by 22mm—with a new grille and signature lights. The Tiguan Allspace now also comes with LED turn signals with a sweeping indicator function, and it can now also be had with optional IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights.

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VW says the interior gets no changes, so the cabin will still offer 760 to 1,920 liters of cargo space in the five-seat version and 700 to 1,755 liters in the seven-seater. The engine options remain unchanged as well, so the Tiguan Allspace can still be had with any of three TSIs and two TDIs. A seven-speed DCT and the optional 4MOTION AWD are also available.

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The highlight of the new Tiguan Allspace is the tech upgrades it gets. There’s a new digitalized module mounted on the center console, which features touch panels and sliders that have replaced rotary knobs and tactile buttons. There’s a new full-color head-up display for the driver as well.

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The new Tiguan Allspace now also gets IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist that enables partly automated driving. This technology allows automated steering, braking, and acceleration from 0kph (with a DCT) or 30kph (with a manual ’box) up to 210kph. Travel Assist utilizes the adaptive cruise control and lane assist (standard feature) for longitudinal and lateral guidance, respectively.

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The Tiguan Allspace also gets a new infotainment system that offers a wide range of online services. Higher equipment levels include features like natural voice control, streaming service access, and cloud-based personalization using a VW ID. Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity is also available.

This infotainment system, meanwhile, is paired with a Harman Kardon audio setup with 8+1 high-performance loudspeakers and an amplifier with a 480-watt total output that provides crisp, sharp sound.

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So, after seeing these changes made to the Tiguan Allspace, do you think this seven-seater has a place in our market?

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