WHY did the MPV die? And nope, it’s not the start of a bad joke.
I am honestly wondering. Maybe since the letters M, P and V together sound like a sexually transmitted disease.
Or maybe it is since the Multi Purpose Vehicle — or People Carrier — is about as cold as Jeremy Corbyn in Crocs.
There was a time when, if you wanted to have 3 or some-more kids, you were forced to drag your sleep-deprived self down to the nearest Renault dealership and start speccing up an Espace: a automobile so dull it could send a potion eye to sleep.
If you didn’t wish to partial company with your voluptuous tavern or sporty hatchback, you would have to keep your bedside list stocked with Durex. Sorry, but that’s just the way it was. These days, that’s all changed, appreciate goodness.
A new set of initials, the SUV, has muscled in, charity small-car characteristics with MPV space.
The only problem is, a lot of them still aren’t actually very good matched to vast families.
If your aspiration is to margin your own family five-a-side group or be a minicab motorist specialising in parties, SUVs such as the Nissan Qashqai don’t cut the mustard.
Manufacturers are waking up to this. It’s since VW has just expelled the Tiguan Allspace, a seven- seater chronicle of its astoundingly renouned mid-size SUV.
The Allspace is built on the same tallness as the unchanging Tiguan. It has simply been stretched and bulged in the right places to concede an discretionary third quarrel of seats (for the smelliest and noisiest kids).
Thankfully, it has not compulsory a extreme overhaul. The increases are marginal, which means from a stretch you would onslaught to tell the Allspace detached from the Tiguan.
I contend thankfully, since the Tiguan is one of the some-more enchanting drives in the SUV shred and to remove that clarity of fun would be a good shame.
The wheelbase has been extended by 109mm, pardon up space for the additional seats, and the altogether length of the automobile has increasing by 215mm. It is also very somewhat taller, for the consequence of gripping balance. So what does that additional room demeanour like in figures? Without the two seats at the back, the Allspace can take 700 litres of luggage while the unchanging Tiguan has 615 litres.
With the second quarrel of seats folded down too, it will take a gargantuan 1,775 litres.
At launch there are two petrol engines available, a 1.4TSI and 2.0TSI, and a choice of 3 diesel (interesting to see VW still has faith in the black pumps).
The 2-litre petrol comes with VW’s 4MOTION AWD system, as do the some-more absolute two diesel lumps. It is an discretionary additional in the lower-powered diesel but for some reason not accessible on the 1.4 petrol. Go figure. My recommendation is to opt for 4MOTION. It is a illusory AWD complement and on a automobile this big, you wish to be as sure-footed as possible.
Stepping into the two-wheel drive after trying the AWD, my certainty on the greasy British B-roads ebbed considerably.
They aren’t idiots at VW. The Tiguan recently overtook the Passat as its second-best seller, behind the entire Golf.
There won’t have been many hours of head-scratching in Wolfsburg before they came up with the Allspace as a way of capitalising on Europe’s adore event with the Tiguan.
In fact, VW says it expects the Allspace to eventually comment for 15 per cent of altogether Tiguan sales.
The MPV is dead. Long live the SUV.
Bike news: Bag a BMW with style
WHEN BMW announced the, we motionless before we’d even got on the thing that we were going to adore it.
That might sound very unprofessional, but we’ve already seen adequate of the bottom indication to know that if it just looked a little cooler – lop a few pieces off and well-spoken all out – we would wish one.
Turns out we weren’t wrong.
There’s a expel aluminium support under those neat black clothes, and the six- cylinder DOHC 1649cc engine is a stressed member . . . in the geometric sense.
A six-speed gearbox feeds a missile rather than a unwashed sequence and there’s an discretionary slick clutchless gearshift assist.
Duo and Paralever cessation manacles out the creases front and back and assisted brakes have the unenviable pursuit of hauling all this mass back from hyper speed.
It wasn’t until we looked at the spec that we realised this bike weighs 336kg prepared to ride, which is a lot.
Stack of buttons to push
But if ever there was a case for ignoring the numbers and just jumping on a bike, this is it. Let that well-spoken purchase slip out and you’ll find yourself pulling and pulling this thing turn like it weighs half of what the spec tells you.
It’s a mixed of docile chair height, good precedence from the bars and a clearly unstressable drivetrain blueprint – all is low and easy.
The bars are somewhat opposite to those on the customary GT nonetheless you can select from opposite sets if you feel the need. As is, they arise up and out of the dashboard perfectly, charity precedence and comfort in equal measure.
You can rest your feet on the pegs or the footboards and, once you’ve set the electric screen, you’re flattering much set to parasite off the miles.
Obviously, being a reward appurtenance from BMW, there are stacks of buttons to push. Heated seats (front and rear), journey control, mixed cessation and roving modes, exhilarated bars, a stereo (good adequate for motorway speeds) and a horde of other pieces and pieces that are possibly unsentimental or luxurious.
But it’s accurately what you’d design for the cost tab – £21,240 for the one we tested.
You can get on to a K1600 Bagger for £16,750 but all you will do is spend your time wondering how much better a bike you’d have got if you’d left all in.
For some-more bikes conduct to bikeworld.co.uk or hunt “Bike World” on YouTube.
Ford Edges forward with affordable SUV
MY stream long-term automobile is a Ford Edge – which we adore – so we was very vehement to hear the difference “Ford Edge ST” mentioned by the blue oval code in Detroit this week.
At last, a sharp chronicle of Ford’s biggest SUV is on the horizon, nearing in 2019.
The Edge ST will be powered by a sweetly tuned 2.7-litre V6 twin turbo EcoBoost engine, able of thumping out a large 335bhp.
In newly-added Sport Mode, the involuntary delivery set-up will be altered too, with a some-more fervent change settlement and harsher engine braking but it will also come with paddle change for those who like to do the work themselves.
Produced by the Ford Performance team, it will have stiffer cessation and will be aesthetically set detached from the unchanging Edge by 21in alloys and a tasty looking span of exhausts, which lay in the back damage plate.
But here’s the problem – it’s not coming to the UK. For reasons over me, Ford has motionless it’s only for the US – a weird decision deliberation the UK’s hectic direct for SUVs.
There’s really room in this marketplace for an affordable, quick SUV. We can’t all means a Porsche Cayenne.
There’s still time for Ford to change its mind, we suppose, but we wouldn’t hold your breath.
At the moment we’re going to have to make do with a facelifted chronicle of the customary Edge, which is being given a new front grille and headlights, and will be pressed with new motorist tech, making it semi-autonomous. Great.