2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI vs 2.0 TSI - Do you need the extra power?

Shaun · Nov 28, 2020 09:58 AM

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Volkswagen Malaysia was on a roll earlier this year with the simultaneous introduction of several new models, including both variants of the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace - 1.4 TSI Highline and 2.0 TSI R-Line.

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Prices are OTR without SST, valid until 31 December 2020.

With a price difference of around RM 44k, what do you get over another and is it worth paying more for the 2.0 TSI R-Line? Let’s find out.

Is the Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI underpowered with 7 onboard?

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Let’s get the numbers out of the way first, the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI Highline is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h takes 10.1 seconds as tested.

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Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI (left), Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TSI (right)

Powering the Tiguan R-Line is a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 220 PS and 350 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h takes 7.4 seconds as tested.

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Back to the question, no. The Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI Highline actually feels lighter on its feet than the 2.0 TSI R-Line. The healthy serving of torque makes getting up to speed an ease. 

With 7 individuals onboard, the aforementioned torque is still sufficient to maintain respectable progress. It only struggles when you get to triple-digit speeds and you plan to overtake, then the smaller capacity engine characteristic becomes evident.

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Which brings us onto the Tiguan R-Line. The larger 2.0-litre turbocharged engine pulls considerably stronger throughout the rev range and with the 4Motion AWD system, it puts power down even more effectively than the Tiguan Highline.

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Also, the Tiguan R-Line gets a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission while the Tiguan Highline gets a 6-speeder. The additional ratio makes the Tiguan R-Line even more suited to highway driving and long-distance journeys.

What are the differences apart from the powertrain?

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There’s the R-Line exterior styling for starters. The Tiguan R-Line gets sportier front and rear bumper design with larger 19-inch wheels wrapped with wider 255/45 section tyres.

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Inside, there’s black headliner, R-Line sport seats, R-Line steering wheel, aluminium pedals, and a larger 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system. Also, there’s adaptive dampers (DCC) with Driving Mode Selection, operated via a rotary dial below the gear selector.

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Speaking of the DCC, the adaptive dampers does make a noticeable difference in ride comfort. Even with larger 19-inch wheels, the Tiguan R-Line rides with better composure in comfort mode compared to the Tiguan Highline.

What about fuel consumption?

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In 50/50 highway and city driving, the Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI Highline returned 10.3-litre/100 km whereas the Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TSI R-Line averaged 11.1-litre/100 km.

Conclusion

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The Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI Highline is sufficiently powerful for your daily runabouts. Filling up all 7 seats will undoubtedly hamper performance, but it would be stretch to call it underpowered.

The Tiguan Allspace 2.0 TSI R-Line is significantly quicker and has a slightly better ride quality. Although fuel economy does take a hit. If you travel frequently on highways or do regular long-distance journeys, then it’s worth paying more for the Tiguan R-Line.

Shaun

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The quest for automotive knowledge began as soon as the earliest memories. Various sources information, even questionable ones, have been explored including video games, television, magazines, or even internet forums. Still stuck in that rabbit hole.

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