If you’ve been waiting for Volkswagen’s new entry in the small-size SUV category, the wait is over.
The Volkswagen Taos is a new, five-seat crossover that fills the small SUV niche. It’s smaller than VW’s Tiguan, but it packs much of the same performance and styling as the larger model.
We’ve put together this Volkswagen Taos review, so you know what to expect from this sporty, roomy, and attractively-priced new SUV.
Impressive Fuel Economy and Performance
As far as performance and fuel economy are concerned, the Taos is at the top of its class.
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos features a 1.5-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The transmission is automatic, with an eight-speed setup for the front-wheel drive model. The all-wheel drive model has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
It’s not the only difference between the two models. For instance, the front-wheel drive Taos has a torsion-beam configuration for its rear suspension. The all-wheel drive model, on the other hand, features an impressive multi-link arrangement. In short, the Volkswagen Taos sports a powerful suspension, easy maneuverability, and a powerful engine.
The car’s fuel economy matches well with its performance. Obviously, the front-wheel drive version boasts the greater fuel economy of the two models.
The EPA’s combined estimate for the front-wheel drive model is 31 mpg, which is impressive for a subcompact SUV. Even the AWD model rates a combined estimate of 28 mpg, which isn’t bad at all.
Spacious, Comfortable Interior
The Volkswagen Taos in 2022 features a roomy, comfortable interior. This is particularly impressive for an SUV of its size.
Overall, there isn’t much to distinguish the Taos’ interior from other VW cars. The general interior design and aesthetic mimics that found in the brand’s other SUVs.
The gauge cluster is entirely digital, and the cabin can be outfitted with various upgrades. For instance, you can opt for dual-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, heated seats, a panoramic sunroof, and much more.
Best of all is the Taos’ remarkable spaciousness. The rear seats have significant legroom, which comes out well in a Volkswagen Taos vs Tiguan matchup. Plus, the Taos boasts 28 cubic feet of cargo space, and a full 66 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.
Attractive Base Price
Finally, the Volkswagen Taos price has to be included in the car’s top three features.
The “S Model” is the starter model for the Taos, and it comes with a competitive and attractive base price of $24,190. That’s about the same as Volkswagen’s discontinued Golf base-model hatchback, which the Taos is intended to replace.
Of course, you can fork over more cash for the higher-end Taos trims and models. The SE trim, for example, is priced at $28,440, and the SEL comes in at over $32,000. For all trims, an all-wheel drive edition tacks on an extra $1,500 to $2,000.
The Volkswagen Taos: Tiny But Mighty
The Volkswagen Taos may not be VW’s largest SUV offering, but it has everything you could want in a crossover. It’s got the space, the stylings, and the performance of its bigger brother, and all at a more affordable price point.
If you’re thinking about taking the new Taos for a test drive, it’s time to stop by Terry Volkswagen. Check out our inventory, or give us a call today at (434) 239-2601 and let our experienced and knowledgeable staff find the perfect Volkswagen for you.