Hi all and thanks for letting me join up.

I am in the market for a replacement car and have been drawn to the Tiguan, but I have never owned a VW before so know very little about them.
Please, can you advise on which model you would recommend and what things to look for when viewing a vehicle, both good and bad?

I'm looking for 40+ mpg urban, is this realistic?
What sort of cost should I expect for service and maintenance?
Is there anything to watch out for at certain milages?
I have a budget of about 12,000 and need an Auto.

Thanks for any advice, and hope to be joining you soon with my first VW.