The subcompact Taos looks just like every other Volkswagen, but it’s big on practicality and space. There is no plug-in option, though, but the turbocharged four-cylinder should be fine for most people.
Volkswagen revealed the latest addition to its portfolio – the Volkswagen Taos subcompact SUV, designed explicitly for the North-American market.
The Taos is the smallest SUV offered by the brand. Nonetheless, compared to other subcompact SUVs on the market, it’s still substantially bigger.
It sits on Volkswagen’s signature MQB modular platform developed for VW models with front-engine and front- or all-wheel drive. Moreover, its 105.9-inch wheelbase sets it apart from the competition, providing more than enough legroom.
One Turbocharged Engine on Offer and no Plug-In Options
2022 Volkswagen Taos comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine generating 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Customers can choose between an 8-speed automatic or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, paired either to an AWD or FWD powertrain.
Bold, but Somewhat Forgettable Exterior
VW’s new subcompact SUV features a bold exterior design that’s not too overpowering but still makes its presence felt. Unfortunately, though, the styling seems a bit bland, especially when looked at from the sides.
On the other hand, the LED headlights feature VW’s innovative Adaptive front-lighting System (AFS) and an illuminated light strip that stretches outwards from the logo.
Meanwhile, Taos’ base variant comes with 17-inch multicolor aluminum-alloy wheels as standard, with 18- and 19-inch wheel options.
Regarding tech features, rain-sensing wipers, heated side-view mirrors, and a panoramic sunroof are the most notable on the list.
Also worth mentioning, the IQ. DRIVE driver assistance comes standard for all variants.
Simple, if Somewhat Boring VW Aesthetics Inside
The interior gets a two-toned treatment that’s simple and elegant. The presence of leather and leatherette upholstery on the inside highlights the car’s digital cluster meter and pushbutton ignition.
Moreover, the Taos gets a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment as standard and an optional 8-inch. You can also configure the SUV with a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot and built-in navigation.
Those with modern smartphones have the option of wireless charging, but no words yet on Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Fortunately, music lovers can opt for SiriusXM satellite radio and an eight-speaker BeatsAudio system.
There is an option of an 8-way power, heated and ventilated driver’s seat, and heated steering wheel for increased comfort.
Other key interior features include a 28 cubic feet cargo space, 40.1 inches of legroom at the front, and 37.9 inches of legroom at the rear.
Expect the Taos SUV to reach dealerships by next year. VW hasn’t released any price information yet, but we suspect it will start around the $24,000 range.
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