Maybe your GTI days are not over after all
So, you read that Polo GTI story a few pages before and wept. Where have those years gone? You have two kids and the missus has twins in the oven, so your GTI days are over.
Well not necessarily – take a look at this: the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0TSI 4Motion Highline R-Line may be a bit of a tongue twister, but not only is it an exceptional seven-seater family transport solution, but it somehow also defies its bulk to deliver a quite astounding 6.5 second 0-100 dash.
That’s because it shares GTI’s 162kW 350Nm EA888 two-litre direct-injection turbo petrol heart, so this is the genuine article – Grand GTI, if you may. Take a read of that Polo GTI story to quantify what that means, but this long and lofty little bus comes with a sting in the tail, never mind surefooted 4Motion all-wheel drive security and it’s economical too.
So rest assured, this top of the range Tiguan Allspace will quash any GTI lust you may long for – it’s as quick too, so you really can have your GTI hat. And eat it.
Crammed full of VW goodies, Tiguan also brings space, comfort and tech to please the whole family and it looks the part too – unless you pull up alongside a humble 5-seater Tiguan, nobody would know. The big difference here is that Allspace is indeed a full 215mm longer, larger and taller than its stock sibling and rides a 110mm longer wheelbase as it uses the extra room to add an extra couple of rearmost seats for those fast-approaching twins.
Add all the family you want as it carries all the regular Tiguan advantages, supreme connectivity and even a 230 litre boot behind the third row when all seats are in use. That grows to 700 litres with the second row folded flat and 1,775 litres and 1.92m length with the middle row stowed too. So you can even sleep in there if it gets too hot in the house.
QUICK TEST: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 2.0TSI 4Motion Highline R-Line
Engine: 162kW 350Nm 1998cc turbo petrol I4
Drive: 7-speed DC automatic AWD
0-100km/h: 6.59 sec
0-160km/h: 17.44 sec
400m: 14.8 sec @ 150km/h
80-120km/h: 4.85 sec
120-160km/h: 7.99 sec
Fuel: 8.1 l/100km
CO2: 185 g/km
Warranty/Service 5y 120K/3y 90Kkm
LIST PRICE: R604K