In days gone by, car manufacturers stuck to their tried & tested formulae, offering products that were within their design philosophy, that suited their customer market and demographics. Today though, the market is more competitive, and car manufacturers want to try and keep a customer for life, whatever their current transport needs.
This is why we have a number of manufacturers offering everything from a Supermini through to a full-sized SUV, and no one does this better than Volkswagen. They’ve taken their know-how (not forgetting they’ve produced one of the world’s best-selling cars for decades) and engineering philosophy, and created a range of models that’s envied by all.
When you dig a little deeper, it’s really not that surprising, because the Volkswagen Group have a diverse talent pool to draw from – Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN all sit under the Volkswagen umbrella.
Although SUVs have been around for decades, their popularity really only got into its stride in the late 90s and early 2000s, and today, they’re the largest segment of the vehicle market, with around 37% of total sales being SUV based.
That 37% market share is the reason behind the multitude of styles, designs, sizes and prices. Simply saying “I want an SUV” doesn’t quite narrow it down enough, so here’s our handy guide to the Volkswagen range of SUVs … there’s one for everyone.
The T-Cross is the newest, smallest, funkiest SUV from Volkswagen. It has countless design options, and comes in some imaginative colours. There’s no four-wheel drive version available, mainly because it uses the same mechanicals as the teeny tiny Volkswagen Polo, but it does have a bigger boot than the Golf.
The T-Roc is the mid-size SUV from VW, think of it as a taller Golf. Unlike the smaller T-Cross, it does come with the option of full four-wheel drive, and there’s five different petrol and diesel engines to choose from, along with five different trim specifications.
The Tiguan isn’t much of a step up in size, but you’ll find that there’s more space inside, and it’s generally just that little bit of a nicer place to be; quality is the keyword with the Tiguan. There’s also 200mm of ground clearance, which means it will cope better if the terrain turns out to be more than bumping up kerbstones.
The Allspace is a longer version of the Tiguan, offering an additional 54mm of knee room, and 60mm extra in the legroom for people in the second row of seats. This extra room also means that Volkswagen have incorporated a third row of seating, giving the Tiguan Allspace the ability to carry seven people, or have a huge 700 litres of boot space when the rear seats are folded flat.
The Touareg is the largest Volkswagen SUV, and is all about quality. It’s not that much of a surprise that it shares the same foundations as the Audi Q7, but how about a Bentley? The Touareg underpinnings are the same as the Bentley Bentayga, which indicates the level of quality that we’re talking about.
While it’s easy to classify all five (six, including the Allspace) of these as an ‘SUV’, the reality is that they’ve all been designed with a different consumer in mind, this is definitely not a case of ‘One size, fits all’.
Whether you’re a young singleton, a large family, or just someone that’s looking for a little more style & individuality, there’s a Volkswagen SUV that fits with your need. Still not sure which one is right for you? Why not talk to one of our friendly professionals, they’ll be able to give you unbiased advice on the whole range.