2022 Volkswagen Taos

MSRP $22,995 - $31,490

Ranked #13 in Compact Suv

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2022 Volkswagen Taos Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Volkswagen Taos is a brand new entrant into the compact SUV segment. It will be the smallest SUV in Volkswagen’s lineup after its launch later this year. The 2022 Volkswagen Taos slots below the Tiguan in the subcompact crossover segment. Only three trims will be available under the moniker S, SE, and SEL. The new 1.5L TSI engine is an upgraded version of the 1.4L unit found in the Jetta, but with slightly better performance.

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Pros

All-new compact and fuel-efficient 1.5-liter motor

Excellent ride quality

Striking exterior design

Sharp and agile handling

Comfortable and tech-rich cabin

Cons

The transmission can be slow to respond especially during downshifts

NVH levels increase at highway speeds

Lower cargo space on the AWD model

What's New?

A brand new entry into the subcompact crossover segment

New 1.5L turbocharged engine

Available AWD drivetrain


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24190

bodystyle

dr SUV

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$22,995 onwards

SE$27,245 onwards

SEL$31,490 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Volkswagen Taos in Anthracite Gray color
Anthracite Gray

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The size and packaging make the Taos one of the most interesting releases in the SUV market, thanks to its adequate performance, versatile interior, and comes armed to the teeth with a variety of features. The Taos takes a lot of design inspiration from the Tiguan and Atlas and retains the typical Volkswagen design language. The interiors look eerily similar to the Jetta with a dual-layer dashboard and similar features. Overall, the new Volkswagen Taos has all the makings of being the next best-seller in VW’s lineup.

2022 Volkswagen Taos Features

 All the trim levels of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos feature a 1.5-liter turbocharged direct-injected four-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Priced at an MSRP of $22,995, the base S model comes with 17-inch wheels, standard LED headlights and taillights, keyless entry, automatic headlights, and manual adjusting seats.

The S also offers an All-Weather Package that includes heated front seats, side mirrors, and washer nozzles. The S AWD variant costs $2,000 more than the FWD version. 

Trims

S

SE

SEL

MSRP (FWD)

$22,995

$27,245

$31,490

MSRP (AWD)

$24,995

$28,695

$33,045

Key Features

LED headlights

In addition to S

In addition to SE

 

LED tail lights

Automatic headlamps

Automatic headlights with smart Home feature

 

Dual-zone climate control

USB-C data ports

Black roof rails

 

Multi-functional steering wheel

Ventilated front seats

Front center armrest with storage compartment

 

Manual air conditioning

Leather upholstery 

Customizable ambient lighting

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Heated seats

Dual-zone climate control

 

Wireless charging

WiFi Hotspot

VW IQ Drive

 

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

19-inch alloy wheels

The SE trim with front-wheel drive costs $27,245 and adds features such as 18-inch wheels, a better infotainment system, wireless charging, a power front seat, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and Front Assist. The range-topping SEL trim priced at $31,390 brings 19-inch wheels, a Beats audio system, ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and IQ Drive Assist. 

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We liked the SE trim as it is priced at a perfect slot putting an array of features that make the VW Taos a convenient car. The SE trim costs $27,245, which is just $3000 more than the S AWD model. The SE trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, wireless charging, a blind spot monitor, and better infotainment.

2022 Volkswagen Taos Engine and Performance

 Powering the new Volkswagen Taos is a new 1.5L turbocharged inline-4 engine producing 158 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It is an upgraded version of the 1.4L unit in the Volkswagen Jetta with improved performance. The Taos will be available in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations, with the former getting a conventional 8-speed automatic transmission, and the latter gets a quick-shifting 7-speed DCT unit for better performance. 

Regardless of the drivetrain, the Taos is not the best performing crossover in its class and begs for more power when driven hard. To improve performance, the new 1.5 engine gets special thermal coating on the cylinder walls to reduce friction levels, and a variable geometry turbocharger to reduce flat spots in the rev range, to improve performance with minimal impact to efficiency.

Despite being a 1.5L unit, it will satisfy most prospective buyers with adequate performance and improved efficiency. As expected, the all-wheel-drive models, which get a quicker 7-speed DCT unit will be marginally faster than the regular models but pays the price on the efficiency front. There are no hybrid drivetrains on offer yet, but Volkswagen could introduce an electric version later in its lifecycle, similar to the one sold in China.

Models

2022 Volkswagen Taos

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Hyundai Tucson

Base MSRP

$22,995

$22,050

$23,595

$23,700

Engine

1.5-liter I4 Turbocharged

2.5-liter I4 regular

2.0-liter Flat-4 regular

2.0-liter I4 regular

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

158 hp @ 5500 rpm

186 hp @ 6,000 rpm

152 hp @ 6,000 rpm

161 hp @ 6,200 rpm

Torque

184 lb.-ft. @ 1750 rpm

186 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

145 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

150 lb.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm

0-60 (Sec)

8.0

7.6

9.2

8.9

Quarter Mile (Sec)

16.9

15.9

17.3

16.9

Even with the small 1.5L unit, the Taos offers adequate performance thanks to turbocharging and reaches 60 MPH in just 8 seconds. The quarter-mile time stands at 16.9 seconds, which is respectable for a small crossover. The All-wheel-drive models are slightly faster thanks to a quicker DCT transmission and improved grip levels.

Thanks to forced induction, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos can keep up, and even beat competitors like the Subaru Crosstrek and Hyundai Tucson despite the smaller capacity engine. However, it is still beaten by the Mazda CX-30 which puts down more power and houses a much larger 2.5L engine.

How does the 2022 Volkswagen Taos handle?

With the new Taos, Volkswagen has concentrated more on comfort rather than driving pleasure, which is evident in the softly sprung suspension setup. The high stance and soft suspension setup results in a lot of body lean when tackling corners at higher speeds. The steering is one of the better ones from Volkswagen with accurate inputs and good feedback, but it is let down by the suspension setup.

The soft suspension setup does help it tackle bad roads with ease. Overall, the Taos handles like most crossovers in its segment with a pliant ride quality that will please most customers. Predictably, the AWD model drives better with plenty of grip in tricky situations.

2022 Volkswagen Taos Fuel Economy

The Volkswagen Taos is surprisingly efficient with EPA ratings of 28 MPG and 36 MPG on the highway, which are higher than most of its rivals. The AWD models will cut the ratings down to 25 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway. Even though there are no hybrid models in the lineup, the efficient 1.5L engine doesn’t warrant the need for one, at least in the coming years.

Model

2022 Volkswagen Taos 

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Hyundai Tucson

MPG (city)

28

25

28

23

MPG (highway)

36

33

33

28

MPG (combined)

31

28

30

25

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

15

13.5

16.6

16.4

Range (city/highway) (miles)

420/540

337/445

464/547

377/459

The Volkswagen Taos easily beats out all of its competitors in the FWD configuration, with a combined rating of 31 MPG. While the Subaru Crosstrek offers similar efficiency, both the Mazda CX-30 and Hyundai Tucson guzzle a lot more fuel.

2022 Volkswagen Taos Interior

 The interiors of the Volkswagen Taos look and feel eerily similar to the Volkswagen Jetta with a two-layer design. High-quality plastics cover most surfaces, along with glossy plastic trim to improve overall looks. The top portion houses the new MIB infotainment system and AC vents, while the climate controls are neatly tucked in the bottom portion with easy access. 

All models of the Taos get Volkswagen's 10.25-inch digital cockpit as standard, which shows plenty of information. The interior packaging is well sorted with a surprising amount of space for the rear seat passengers. Leg space stands at 37.9 inches at the rear and 40.1 inches at the front, which are perfectly adequate even for bigger passengers.

The lower trims get comfortable cloth seats as standard, which are upgraded to leather in the top-end SEL trim. The Taos also gets a long feature list, with the higher trims getting ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats with 8-way power adjustability for the driver, a panoramic sunroof, and more.

Model

2022 Volkswagen Taos 

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Hyundai Tucson

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.5/56.5/40.1

38.1/55.6/41.7

39.8/56.7/43.1

39.6/57.1/41.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.8/55.2/37.9

38.3/53.6/36.3

38/55.6/36.5

39.2/55.5/38.2

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

27.9

20.2

20.8

31

Although most of the specs are yet to be revealed, the Volkswagen Taos makes a solid case for itself with plenty of space on the inside and a long feature list, however, the Hyundai Tucson beats it with better space in both rows. The Subaru Crosstrek gets the most space at the front, while the Mazda CX-30 gets the least space overall.

The Volkswagen Taos offers an impressive 28.1 cubic feet of storage, which can be further expanded by folding the rear seats, The AWD models offer slightly less space at 24.9 cubic feet. Like the interior space, the Hyundai Tucson also gets the highest cargo capacity at 31 cubic feet. Both the Mazda CX-30 and Subaru Crosstrek offer less than 21 cubic feet of storage.

Some notable interior features include:

  • 10.25-inch digital cockpit
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Customizable ambient lighting
  • Multi-functional steering wheel
  • 6-way manual adjustable front seats
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Front center armrest with storage compartment
  • Leather upholstery with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

2022 Volkswagen Taos: Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2022 Taos gets Volkswagen's new MIB 3 infotainment system which gets a slick interface and includes all the latest features like wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Wi-Fi hotspot, and more. The lower trims get a 6.5-inch touchscreen as standard, while the higher trims get a bigger 8-inch system. The top-end SEL trim also gets navigation, wireless charging, app connect, multi-phone pairing, and several USB-C ports.

Volkswagen also offers an optional 8-speaker Beats audio system, the Volkswagen car-net system with remote access, Alexa, and family guardian features to further spruce up the Taos. Volkswagen’s digital cockpit includes a lot of useful features and is highly customizable with digital gauges, navigation, and more.

Some notable infotainment features include:

  • An 8-inch MIB3 infotainment system
  • 8-speaker audio system from BeatsAudio
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • 2 front USB-C data ports
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Volkswagen Car-Net services
  • Wireless charging
  • Bluetooth with multi-phone pairing

2022 Volkswagen Taos Exterior

 The exteriors get a typical Volkswagen design with edgy and modern styling. Viewed from the front, the Taos looks like a shrunk-down Atlas SUV with the same headlight and grille design, albeit a lot smaller. The rear looks like most other Volkswagen SUVs complete with dual fake exhaust tops and a diffuser. Both the headlights are connected by an LED strip on the grille, which gives the Taos a distinct light profile in the dark.

Alloy wheel sizes range from 17 to 19 inches, depending on the trim level. Volkswagen also offers the basecamp accessory pack which adds custom body cladding, fender flares with splash guards, and lower side plates to give the Taos a more rugged look. All these components will also be available individually upon launch.

Model

2022 Volkswagen Taos 

2021 Mazda CX-30

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Hyundai Tucson

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,175

3234

3188

3309

Length (in.)

175.8

173

176.5

176.4

Width (in.)

72.5

70.7

71

72.8

Height (in.)

64.4

61.7

63.6

64.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.4

8

N/A

6.4

Wheelbase (in.)

105.9

104.4

104.9

105.1

Track Width (in.) F/R

61.9/60.5

61.6/61.6

61/61.2

63.3/63.8

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is larger than both the Mazda CX-30 and Subaru Crosstek in terms of exterior dimensions, and also gets the longest wheelbase at 105.9 inches. The Hyundai Tucson beats it in terms of size but gets a slightly shorter wheelbase at 105.1 inches.

Exterior Features:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights with smart Home feature
  • Black roof rails
  • LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • LED tail lights
  • Power-operated side mirrors

2022 Volkswagen Taos Safety

The new VW Taos features automatic post-collision braking, avoiding any chance of a second impact. In case of collision, it cuts off the fuel supply and unlocks all the doors, and also switches on the hazard lights via the Intelligent Crash Response System feature.

The SEL model comes with standard VW's IQ Drive that consists of front and rear radar, a front camera, and an array of ultrasound sensors. The Taos also offers Travel Assist, which is Volkswagen's homegrown automated driving setup that works in between 0 to 95 mph.

Notable safety features include:

  • Crash-optimized front end
  • Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution
  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Electronic Differential Lock
  • Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)
  • Side Curtain Protection head airbags, front, and rear
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Driver and front passenger, front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child seat anchor points

2022 Volkswagen Taos Final Verdict

Despite its late entry into the US market, the 2022 Taos has all the makings to be Volkswagen’s best-selling model by a long way. The compact crossover segment has become one of the most popular segments in recent years, and the Volkswagen Taos combines all the traits most customers are looking for at an affordable price. Regardless of its shortcomings like average handling and low power output, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos is definitely worth the wait and should be strongly considered if you’re in the market for a versatile and comfortable compact crossover.