The all-new 2022 Volkswagen Taos subcompact crossover is part of the German brand’s range. Although it has a long list of features and a low price, it isn’t as good as its counterparts in terms of standard safety technology.
The Volkswagen Taos, a subcompact utility vehicle, is a new entry to the ever-popular subcompact class. Although it is longer than the Kia Seltos and Chevrolet Trailblazer, the Honda HR-V is similar in length to its smaller cousin, the 2022 Kia Sportage, it is shorter. The Taos offers five-person seating and plenty of storage space. The compact size makes the Taos a great urban vehicle. However, it can also be driven on the open roads with ease and precise handling. It has more horsepower than similar-sized competitors so it is more powerful.
Pricing and Trims
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and S. All trims have front-wheel drive as standard. All-wheel drive can be added to any trim. Additional costs for all-wheel drive include $1,450 (SE), $1.555 (SEL) and $2,045(S). The most popular trim is the SE, and it’s also our recommendation. We’ll tell you why.
The base S starts at $24,190, which includes a $1195 destination fee. It also comes with a touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Remote keyless entry, six-way adjustable driver and front passenger seats, 17 inch alloy wheels, 60/40 split folding rear seatbacks, as well as a sleek 8-inch driver information screen in place of traditional gauges.
The SE (28,440) comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, power-operated liftgate and 10-way power-adjustable driver seat. It also has heated front seats, remote starting, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The SE trim is recommended with the optional IQ.Drive package. This offers a mix of class-leading tech and features for less than $30,000.
The Taos SEL, which starts at $32,685, is the most well-equipped model in the lineup. It features VW’s semi-autonomous driving technology, VW’s IQ.Drive semiautonomous driving system and a comprehensive list of active safety features.
Engine and Performance
The turbocharged 1.5-liter four cylinder engine of the Taos is rated at 158 horsepower. Front-drive Taos models are equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Models with optional 4Motion all wheel drive have a 7-speed automatic. Although the Taos’s 158 horsepower may not seem impressive, it places them at the top of the subcompact-SUV category. The engine is strong and responsive, and the all-wheel drive version’s quick-shifting transmission is particularly satisfying.
The Honda HR-V, on the other hand, is powered by a 141-hp four-cylinder engine and paired with an automatic continuously variable transmission. Kia Seltos comes in two power options: a 146-hp four-cylinder engine with turbocharging and a 1.6-liter four cylinder that produces 175 horsepower. The Chevrolet Trailblazer is a pioneer in its class with three-cylinder engines, a 137-hp turbocharged 1.2-liter or a 155-hp-1.3-liter. The VW Taos offers excellent performance all around, with smooth acceleration and a comfortable ride.
The Volkswagen Taos has almost the same passenger space of the Honda HR-V. This makes it one the most spacious cars in its segment. The Taos can carry a family of four and has plenty of legroom and headroom for adults. Although the interior is well-designed, some may find it too plain.
The class’s second-row seats have the largest cargo space. In front-drive models, the Taos offers 27.9 cubic feet of storage space. This figure drops to 3 cubic feet for all-wheel-drive models. The usable space for front-drive Taos models with the rear seat folded down is 65.9 cubicft; 60.2 cubicft for all-wheel drive models. The Taos front-wheel-drive models offer more cargo space than the Kia Seltos and Chevrolet Trailblazer.
Connectivity and Infotainment
All Volkswagen Taos models feature touchscreen infotainment systems. These displays use a capacitive touch sensor similar to a smartphone, which allows pinch-zooming and swiping. App-Connect integration allows you to run apps such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto directly from your vehicle’s display. The Taos S trim features a basic display of 6.5 inches. The SE and SE models have a larger 8 inch display, wireless charging, wireless App-Connect and multi-phone pairing and voice recognition. There are also three USB-C ports, one for charging. The SEL has integrated navigation. Although the infotainment system requires some learning, once you get it, it works without any problems.
All Taos models come standard with the digital instrument cluster, Digital Cockpit from Volkswagen. The base system features an 8.25-inch display while the higher-level system has a configurable 10.25-inch display.