Quick Review: VW Tiguan Allspace R-Line in Malaysia - same price, better features!

Sanjay · Mar 29, 2021 12:00 PM

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Malaysia welcomed the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace, the 7-seater counterpart to the regular Volkswagen Tiguan last year. There's two variants here, the 1.4-litre Highline and this tartier 2.0-litre R-Line. 

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Seven months since then, VW has updated the R-Line with new infotainment features. 

Also read: RM 2k for extra space? 5-seater VW Tiguan vs 7-seater Tiguan Allspace

What's new outside?

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This round of updates is a subtle one, with only one small exterior enhancement and a few interior improvements. 

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On the outside, the car is pretty much as you've seen it last year with the exception of little 'Volkswagen' inscriptions on the B-pillars.

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Not a hair out of place elsewhere as it wears the same R-Line kit as before, encapsulating aggressive front and rear bumpers, side skirts, rear spoiler, trapezoidal tailpipes, and obligatory R-Line badges.

Also read: Why the VW Tiguan Allspace has ridges on its roof?

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Capping off the look is this set of chunky 19-inch 'Sebring' wheels.

Now with wireless Apple CarPlay

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All the changes are to do with connectivity, with the 9.2-inch Discover Pro touchscreen infotainment system being the star of the show. The updated infotainment system now has a second page for general vehicular functions and a 'Favourites' section.

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Look ma, no cables!

New to the infotainment system is wireless Apple CarPlay, replacing the wired system found in the pre-revision car. However, Android Auto is still, as before, wired-only.

Also read: Why your next car should come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay

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2 ports in the centre console cubby, and one just below the rear air-cond controls

Rounding off the changes are the USB ports - all three are now USB-C only. Previously, they were USB-A.

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Comfortable seats all around, second-row pictured

These aside, everything else remains the same: supple 'Vienna' leather upholstery, supportive seats, and subtle R-Line touches like sports pedals and black headliner.

Also read: 5 things we like about the VW Tiguan Allspace

How do the updates perform?

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Note lack of ETA and route direction

The system is zippy, and connects seamlessly with your phone. However, it has its little foibles, particularly with Waze. The most common glitch we found is that after a destination is set, the system doesn't read out our estimated time of arrival (ETA) and other alerts Waze usually displays. But this only occurs very occasionally.

Android Auto works pretty flawlessly, and the 8-speaker audio setup sounds good. Phone calls are clear, and whoever you're speaking to won't have trouble hearing you.

Performance - Golf GTI with 7 seats 

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Still unchanged, under the hood lies the same 2.0-litre mill that's shared with the Volkswagen Golf GTI:

VW Tiguan Allspace R-Line Specs

2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder, petrol

220 PS @ 4,500 rpm

350 Nm @ 1,500 - 4,400 rpm

7-speed wet-type dual-clutch automatic transmission (DSG)

Four-wheel drive (4Motion)

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Besides Individual (whereby it allows you to mix-and-match different aspects of the car's performance), there's five selectable drive modes, which are Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Off-Road.

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

Safety - No ADAS

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Safety, unfortunately, sees no changes. The Tiguan Allspace R-Line retains this array of safety features:

  • Six airbags
  • Anti-lock braking system lectronic brakeforce distribution (ABS, EBD)
  • Brake assist (BA)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Traction control (TC)
  • ISOFIX mounts
  • Multi-collision brake system

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And...that's about it really. Both Tiguan Allspace variants make do without advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) like autonomous emergency braking (AEB) or even forward collision warning (FCW), things that could really sweeten the deal.

Price - Gladly still the same

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For all that's offered, the updates come at no extra cost - the Tiguan Allspace R-Line's price tag of RM 209,637, on-the-road sans insurance and SST (valid until 30-June 2021) and inclusive of five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, remains.

Also read: Surprise U-turn sees government extending sales tax (SST) exemption/discount to June 2021

WapCar's Comments

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With all 7 seats up, boot space is 230 litres, 700 litres with the third row down, and a heady 1,775 litres with all seats down

We like the Tiguan Allspace R-Line, and it's certainly a model we'd recommend to those looking for a livelier SUV. Make no mistake, it isn't all about the go only as it'll happily fill familial duties just as well. The little updates are a nice touch, and we appreciate that it sees no price hike.

Also read: Review: 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace R-Line – more space and more grunt!

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Up to 20% higher than average trade-in price

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