2022 Volkswagen Taos

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 Editors' Pick
Autoblog Rating
8

The Taos plays bigger than its price and appearance suggests. It's a stellar value for families looking for space, quietly attractive looks and solid technology to boot. VW even gave it some respectable driving chops.

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The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is an all-new midcompact SUV that's been designed specifically for the American market as opposed to something that's shared throughout VW's global empire. It's not the first such American VW, but it's easily the most successful … and least cynical. You see, previous efforts like the Jetta, Passat and Atlas broadly followed a simple, supposedly more American-friendly format: make 'em big and make 'em cheap. They were certainly that, but they also weren't as broadly competitive. Turns out American car buyers are more sophisticated than Volkswagen gave them credit for. The new Taos, then, represents a smart course correction. Yes, it's a bit bigger than competitors like the Kia Seltos and Ford Bronco Sport, but it's not to the engorged levels of a Passat or Atlas. Indeed, the Taos manages to provide family-friendly backseat and cargo space while still being smaller on the outside than various compact SUVs. That's good for fitting in your garage, for fuel economy, for maneuverability and for ensuring a lower price. At the same time, the Taos doesn't have the same cost-cutting feel relative its competitors as past "American Volkswagens." You also get a little more style inside and out, with the exterior leaning a bit into the outdoor adventure space with a few rugged styling cues and functional raised roof rails. Don't expect much ground clearance or extra off-the-beaten-path capability, though. We're really pleased with the 2022 Taos and consider it one of the best small SUVs. It scores high for functionality and value without being bland or chintzy. We actually think it’s a smarter buy than Volkswagen's other small SUV: the made-for-America Tiguan. Interior & Technology  |  Passenger & Cargo Space  |  Performance & Fuel Economy What it's like to drive  |  Pricing & Features  |  Crash Ratings & Safety Features What's new for 2022? The Taos is an all-new model. What's the Taos interior and in-car technology like? The Taos pulls heavily from the Volkswagen parts bin, which is just fine. The same high-quality switchgear and user-friendly touchscreen interfaces you'll find in the Tiguan and Atlas are also found in the lower-priced Taos. VW's Digital Cockpit instrument panel is also standard equipment, allowing drivers a wide array of customization options to provide as little or as much information directly in front of you as you desire. Materials quality is comparable to everything in the segment save the swanky Mazda CX-30 – expect plenty of hard plastics but with a few strategically placed pieces of painted trim and padded leatherette to spruce up the joint. We also like that every trim has some variation of a two-tone color scheme. How big is the Taos? The Taos is a few inches longer than other midcompact SUVs like the Kia Seltos and Mazda CX-30, but is still closer to those than compact models like the Toyota RAV4. You don't really notice this extra size while driving, but in addition to some smart interior packaging, you absolutely notice it when trying to …
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The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is an all-new midcompact SUV that's been designed specifically for the American market as opposed to something that's shared throughout VW's global empire. It's not the first such American VW, but it's easily the most successful … and least cynical. You see, previous efforts like the Jetta, Passat and Atlas broadly followed a simple, supposedly more American-friendly format: make 'em big and make 'em cheap. They were certainly that, but they also weren't as broadly competitive. Turns out American car buyers are more sophisticated than Volkswagen gave them credit for. The new Taos, then, represents a smart course correction. Yes, it's a bit bigger than competitors like the Kia Seltos and Ford Bronco Sport, but it's not to the engorged levels of a Passat or Atlas. Indeed, the Taos manages to provide family-friendly backseat and cargo space while still being smaller on the outside than various compact SUVs. That's good for fitting in your garage, for fuel economy, for maneuverability and for ensuring a lower price. At the same time, the Taos doesn't have the same cost-cutting feel relative its competitors as past "American Volkswagens." You also get a little more style inside and out, with the exterior leaning a bit into the outdoor adventure space with a few rugged styling cues and functional raised roof rails. Don't expect much ground clearance or extra off-the-beaten-path capability, though. We're really pleased with the 2022 Taos and consider it one of the best small SUVs. It scores high for functionality and value without being bland or chintzy. We actually think it’s a smarter buy than Volkswagen's other small SUV: the made-for-America Tiguan. Interior & Technology  |  Passenger & Cargo Space  |  Performance & Fuel Economy What it's like to drive  |  Pricing & Features  |  Crash Ratings & Safety Features What's new for 2022? The Taos is an all-new model. What's the Taos interior and in-car technology like? The Taos pulls heavily from the Volkswagen parts bin, which is just fine. The same high-quality switchgear and user-friendly touchscreen interfaces you'll find in the Tiguan and Atlas are also found in the lower-priced Taos. VW's Digital Cockpit instrument panel is also standard equipment, allowing drivers a wide array of customization options to provide as little or as much information directly in front of you as you desire. Materials quality is comparable to everything in the segment save the swanky Mazda CX-30 – expect plenty of hard plastics but with a few strategically placed pieces of painted trim and padded leatherette to spruce up the joint. We also like that every trim has some variation of a two-tone color scheme. How big is the Taos? The Taos is a few inches longer than other midcompact SUVs like the Kia Seltos and Mazda CX-30, but is still closer to those than compact models like the Toyota RAV4. You don't really notice this extra size while driving, but in addition to some smart interior packaging, you absolutely notice it when trying to …
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Retail Price

$23,495 - $33,645 MSRP / Window Sticker Price
Engine 1.5L I-4
MPG Up to 28 city / 36 highway
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 7-spd auto-shift man w/OD, 8-spd w/OD
Power 158 @ 5500 rpm
Drivetrain 4MOTION all wheel, front-wheel
Curb Weight 3,175 - 3,430 lbs
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