Volkswagen Taos

The Volkswagen Taos is offered in several different trims ranging from a base S up through SE, to the top-of-the-line SEL. All trims come standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive as an option.

No matter which model buyers choose, the Taos is powered by a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, making 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. On all Taos models, a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive distributes power between the front and rear wheels as needed to help optimize traction and stability.. The system also includes a variety of driver-selectable modes, including a Snow Mode, On-Road Mode, Off-Road Mode and an Off-Road Custom Mode.

The Taos is a two-row subcompact SUV, and it allows plenty of passenger space. A strut-type front suspension and 4-link rear setup keep the wheels in contact with the road, while an electromechanical power steering system provides precise control. The Taos includes 4-wheel disc brakes, with vented discs in front as well as brake assist and an electronic parking brake.

The base Taos S includes a 6.5-inch touch screen infotainment system, Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity, a rearview camera, LED daytime-running-lights, heated front seats,

The SE model increases the touchscreen to 8-inches adds a remote starter, a wireless device charger, a blind spot warning system, forward collision mitigation, rear collision warning and a pedestrian detection system.

SEL models include a navigation system, fully climate controlled front seats, leather upholstery, a power driver seat, rain sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, adaptive front LED headlights, an active lane departure system, and rear parking sensors.

Editors' Review

When it comes to launching SUVs, Volkswagen's been behind the curve. In response to insatiable customer demand, other automakers have fleshed out their utility-vehicle lineups at a much quicker pace than this Wolfsburg-based company. But giving drivers another choice in the compact SUV segment, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos is finally here, and it was worth the wait.

Even though it doesn't offer many frills or thrills, this little schlepper nails the fundamentals and checks all the right boxes. The Taos has cavernous amounts of interior space and is plenty comfortable, it's efficient, affordably priced and offers all the advanced driver aids you'd expect. Wrap it all up in pleasantly restrained styling and this VW has no trouble competing with rivals such as the Honda HR-V, Jeep Compass and Subaru Crosstrek. In some ways, the Taos can even give Mazda's ritzy CX-30 a run for its money. 

Unlike, say, the Chevy Trailblazer or Hyundai Kona, this Volkswagen is devoid of any visual fireworks, but it's still an attractively styled vehicle. The front end is assertive yet approachable, the body lines are crisp and all the panel gaps are laser straight and millimeter precise. There's a real feeling of fastidious craftsmanship with the Taos. One aspect of this range-topping SEL example that I particularly love is the paint job. Called Cornflower Blue, it may be quaintly named but this color is electric. If this hue is too bright for you, however, more conservative colors are available.

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The Good ~ Handsome looks ~ Solid, Germanic feel ~ Cavernous interior

The Bad ~ Lethargic throttle response ~ Vague steering

The Bottom Line There's more to the Taos than meets the eye.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 8.5
  • Media 7.5

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