Order books open for bigger, more practical Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

If you need the practicality of a seven-seat SUV, but don't want to stretch to the huge and very expensive Touareg, Volkswagen now has the solution – the Tiguan Allspace. It's a stretched version of the standard Tiguan SUV, but offers space for seven people – or five people and an enormous boot.

The scalable platform that underpins the Tiguan means Volkswagen have lengthened the car's wheelbase by 10cm. The car is 21cm longer overall, allowing room for seven people – and a luggage capacity of 230 litres with all seats in place.

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Fold down the rear seats (which VW promisingly calls "occasional seats") and there's room for five people and 700 litres of luggage – 85 litres more than the regular Tiguan.

The centre row of seats can also slide fore and aft by 18cm, allowing customers to balance legroom for both rows depending on who's sat where.

Engine choices are taken from the upper end of VW's range – even the least powerful Tiguan Allspace offers 148bhp from its 1.4-litre petrol. There's also a 2.0-litre petrol with 178bhp, and three 2.0-litre diesels with 148bhp, 188bhp and 237bhp respectively.

A choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearboxes are available, depending on engine choice. Four-wheel drive can also be specified.

The Tiguan Allspace range kicks off from £29,370 for a 1.4-litre petrol model in SE Navigation trim. It tops out at the moment at £39,965 for an SEL model with the range-topping 2.0-litre diesel, though racier-looking R-Line cars will be available to order in the spring.

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