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Gas mileage isn't great in the Tiguan, though it's improved for the 2012 model year.
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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan: 22/27 mpg (FWD automatic); 18/26 mpg (FWD manual); 21/27 mpg (AWD automatic)
EPA

AWD Tiguans averaged 18.1-18.8 mpg in city/highway driving and 24.6 with mostly highway use
Consumer Guide

Our combined average during our time with the Tiguan was 22 mpg, a reflection of the fact that we did mostly highway driving
Edmunds

At 20 mpg overall, fuel economy is not a strong point
Consumer Reports


For the 2012 model year, Volkswagen's improved the Tiguan's fuel economy slightly, lifting its city economy ratings as high as 22 miles per gallon, and its highway ratings up to as much as 27 mpg.

The base front-drive, automatic Tiguan earns those ratings, while the same vehicle with a manual transmission sees its fuel economy slip to 18/26 mpg, the same as it was in the year prior. Those numbers are near the bottom of the crossover class; compared to other four-cylinder compact crossovers, the Tiguan isn't very efficient, and it's even fallen behind some of the newer V-6-powered crossovers in its class. Not only that, the Tiguan also requires drivers use premium fuel.

For those who like the look and feel of the Tiguan but can't get over the mileage, the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen gets a much more impressive 30/42 mpg with the available TDI engine, a turbodiesel powerplant that as of yet hasn't been offered in the crossover.

 

Conclusion

Gas mileage isn't great in the Tiguan, though it's improved for the 2012 model year.

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