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.