American car buyers demand small SUVs now more than ever before. Volkswagen answers the call with a new subcompact crossover called the Taos. According to representatives from VW, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos is intended to fill the shoes left behind after the automaker retires the Golf next year, making the Taos the entry-level model. The Taos stands ready to take on rivals like the Subaru Crosstrek, Kia Seltos, Jeep Compass and Ford Bronco Sport. We’re sure the Taos will be a popular model at dealers like the Volkswagen dealership in San Bernardino.Although the 2022 Taos is smaller than its Tiguan stablemate, it offers almost the same amount of cabin space. The Taos checks in with 99.5 cubic feet of space, while the Tiguan provides 101.1 cubic feet. There’s enough head room in the rear to allow even tall passengers to ride comfortably. According to the San Bernardino Volkswagen dealership, Taos drivers will have plenty of room to store cargo. Front-wheel-drive models get 27.9 cubic feet, while all-wheel-drive versions provide 24.9 cubic feet.
Forbes reviewed the 2022 Volkswagen Taos, writing:
“We like the Taos’ exterior design, with standard LED lighting and prominent character lines on the hood and along the side panels. Where the new SUV really impresses is inside, delivering a spacious interior that’s difficult to fathom based on the Taos’ exterior footprint. ... As a Golf replacement, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos’ SUV styling, combined with a spacious and functional interior, will offer greater appeal to U.S. buyers.”
The 2022 Taos seats five and will be offered in S, SE and SEL trim levels. Under the hood, the Taos will get a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and models with all-wheel-drive will arrive a few months after the Taos first appears in dealer showrooms. In front-wheel-drive models, the engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel-drive models get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos gets excellent fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated rating of up to 28 mpg city/36 mpg highway for models with front-wheel drive.*
Inside, the driver and passengers will be welcomed by soft-touch materials and the familiar and comfortable Volkswagen steering wheel. Buyers who choose the base S trim will get cloth seats. Move up to the SE trim, and there’s cloth and faux leather upholstery. The top-level SEL trim comes with leather seats.
Depending on the model, the Taos will get features such as automatic post-collision braking, pedestrian detection with autonomous braking, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, hill hold and hill descent control, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front collision alert, travel assist steering in traffic jams, and more.
Notable options include an off-road Basecamp appearance package, a heated steering wheel, and a panoramic sunroof.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.