2014 Volkswagen Tiguan Fuel Economy

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Fuel Economy

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.

Gas mileage is just okay; many crossovers fare much better at the pumps.

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.

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