New seven-seat SUV to kick off at $40,490

Volkswagen has confirmed pricing and specifications for the incoming seven-seat Tiguan Allspace, set to kick off from $40,490 before on-road costs when it touches down next month.

The range will kick off with the Comfortline, available with a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and six-speed DSG in 110TSI ($40,490 before ORCs) guise, a 132kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol and seven-speed DSG in 132TSI ($45,490) trim and a 110kW/340Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel with seven-speed DSG as a 110TDI ($46,990).

Only the very base 110TSI is front-wheel drive, the rest of the Allspace range makes use of 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Comfortline cars will come with city-speed autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, parking sensors and a rear-view camera on the safety front, while the interior is home to tri-zone climate control, an 8.0-inch Discover Media navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with cloth seat trim.

Keyless entry and start, an electric tailgate, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and fog-lights are standard as well, while the base car rides on 18-inch alloy wheels.

There are three options packages available: the Driver Assistance Package ($1600), Luxury Package ($4000) and Sound & Vision Package ($3200).

The Driver Assistance Package brings blind-spot monitoring (nee side assist), dynamic high-beam assist and adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, while the Luxury Package adds leather seats – electrically adjustable for the driver, heated in rows one and two – and a panoramic sunroof.

Finally, the Sound & Vision Package (offered on both Comfortline and Highline models) adds the Active Info Display in place of conventional instruments, an eight-speaker audio system and a surround-view camera.

Jumping to the Highline gives you the choice of a 162kW/350Nm 2.0-litre petrol (162TSI, $52,990) and a 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel (140TDI, $54,590). Once again, they're both all-wheel drive, and both hooked up to a seven-speed DSG transmission.

Compared with the Comfortline, Highline models gain leather seats, heated first- and second-row pews, and a larger 9.2-inch Discover Pro navigation system.

It also gets active niceties like adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist, adaptive chassis control, adaptive high-beam, side-assist with rear cross-traffic alert, and emergency assist. It rides on 19-inch alloy wheels, too, so the other parents don't think you're a cheapskate. Image is everything, folks.

Highline buyers also have three options, in the form of the aforementioned Sound & Vision Package ($3000), the R-Line Package ($2900) and a panoramic sunroof ($2000).

The R-Line Package adds sporty R-Line bumpers, side sills and a black rear spoiler, along with 20-inch alloy wheels on the outside, while the interior gets unique seats, stainless steel pedals, an R-Line steering wheel with paddles, a black headliner and scuff plates on the door sills. It also gets adaptive sports steering.

According to Volkswagen, the Allspace is a 5+2 designed for families with two kids, who might need to occasionally use the third row for soccer or movie runs. There's 270L of boot space with the third row erect, and 700L with it folded.

The company is targeting the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Sante Fe with the new model, although the Peugeot 5008 and related Skoda Kodiaq shape as logical rivals, even if VW isn't openly chatting about them.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace pricing

  • Comfortline 110TSI - $40,490
  • Comfortline 132TSI - $45,490
  • Comfortline 110TDI - $46,990
  • Highline 162TSI - $52,990
  • Highline 140TDI - $54,490

All prices exclude on-road costs. 

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