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2022 Volkswagen Taos
Select a Different Model (6 Available): S
Zero to 60 $ 7.6 seconds
Fuel Economy 28 / 36 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 28/66 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2022 Volkswagen Taos MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Available ventilated front seats
  • Spacious cargo area
  • Digital instrument cluster display

You Won't Like

  • Active safety tech not standard
  • AWD model's dual-clutch automatic
  • Overly soft suspension tuning

Think of the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos as a shrunken Tiguan with the face of an Atlas—the design of the subcompact Taos fits right in as part of the Volkswagen SUV family.  In terms of size, the Taos' exterior dimensions are similar to the Kia Seltos and Subaru Crosstrek, slotting it on the larger side of its segment. Compared to the Tiguan, the Taos is 9.3 inches shorter in length. At least for now, S, SE, and SEL trims will be offered, with standard FWD and available AWD.

What We Think

The Volkswagen Taos is a mixed bag if there ever was one. In our First Drive, we praised the crossover's spacious back seat and cargo area. Better yet, the interior materials make the Taos feel a class above. Fully digital displays and streamlined controls add to the cabin's appeal.

Driving the FWD Taos, we appreciated the model's crisp acceleration and smooth transmission shifts. But it's a completely different experience in the AWD version. Paired with a dual-clutch automatic transmission instead of the FWD model's eight-speed automatic, the AWD Taos accelerates gently from a stop only to surge ahead abruptly a few seconds later. This behavior is particularly disadvantageous when making left turns against traffic. And although the Taos benefits from accurate steering, it suffers from an overly soft suspension that, when combined with its tall driving position, results in body lean.

Despite its refined interior, which is impressive, especially for a subcompact SUV, there is room for improvement. Simply put, the AWD model needs to deliver a better driving experience if it wants to be a compelling option in the segment. And while the base S trim offers a reasonable amount of bang for your buck, the next level up starts to get expensive, costing more than $28,400, and the top-of-the-line trim goes from more than $32,600.

What's Under the Hood?

All 2022 Taos models are powered by a 1.5-liter turbo-four with 158 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. FWD models utilize a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission while AWD-equipped examples get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.


Volkswagen's driver assistance suite, dubbed IQ.Drive, is available on all Taos trims. This bundles together forward collision warning, front automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. Automatic high beams are available only on models with adaptive headlights.


The Taos will offer an 8.0-inch touchscreen, wireless charging, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. All variants get a digital gauge cluster as standard. More expensive variants get interior ambient lighting and an eight-speaker Beats audio system.

What is the Basecamp Accessory Line?

Whether you're actually outdoorsy or just want people to think you are, Volkswagen has an available bundle for you. The Basecamp line for the Taos is inspired by the similarly named accessory set for the Atlas and includes custom plastic body cladding, front and rear fender flares with integrated splash guards, and lower side plates. The grille also gets a Basecamp badge. Except for the badge, which comes only with the complete suite, the dealer-installed components are available individually.

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Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.5 Liter TSI
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$500 Volkswagen announces a College Graduate program for customers who finance or lease through Volkswagen Credit on select models. 01-03-2023
$500 Volkswagen announces a Military and First Responders Bonus Program on select models. 03-31-2022