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GREEN | 6 out of 10
21/26 mpg, 23 mpg combined (FWD automatic); 18/26 mpg, 21 mpg combined (FWD manual); 20/26 mpg, 23 mpg combined (AWD automatic)
AWD Tiguans averaged 18.1-18.8 mpg in city/highway driving and 24.6 with mostly highway use
Our combined average during our time with the Tiguan was 22 mpg, a reflection of the fact that we did mostly highway driving
At 20 mpg overall, fuel economy is not a strong point
You'd expect a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and six-speed transmission to get pretty decent fuel economy, but the EPA tells us otherwise. The fuel economy can range from as high as 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway, or as low as 18/26 mpg, depending how you equip your Tiguan.
Those numbers are near the bottom of the crossover class; compared to other four-cylinder compact crossovers. The embarrassing part is that 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.
There are other options, even within the VW fold, for those who deem that unacceptable: The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen offers a TDI clean-diesel engine that's just as perky but offers up to 42 mpg highway.
Gas mileage is just okay; many crossovers fare much better at the pumps.