If you’ve been looking for a subcompact SUV that features bold styling, a wide array of tech features, and a smooth and satisfying ride, you’ll want to place the 2022 Volkswagen Taos at the top of your shopping list. The Taos is smaller than the VW Tiguan, but step inside, and you’ll be surprised to find there’s almost as much room inside as its sibling. The 2022 VW Taos features 99.5 cubic feet, versus 101 cubic feet for the Tiguan. Seaside area Volkswagen shoppers appreciate that even taller passengers can sit comfortably in the Taos. There’s plenty of cargo space, with 25 cubic feet behind the rear seats (28 cubic feet with front-wheel drive) to take along just about everything you’ll want to carry.
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos seats five and is available in three trim levels: S, SE and SEL. Powering the Taos is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 158 horses and 184 lb-ft of twist, matched to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Volkswagen shoppers near Seaside find the Taos returns exceptional fuel economy. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Taos stands at 28 mpg city/36 mpg highway with front-wheel drive.* With all-wheel drive, the Taos returns 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway.
The 2022 VW Taos gets outstanding reviews from the automotive press. Autotrader writes:
“The compact SUV segment keeps getting hotter, and Volkswagen enters the fray in June with the all-new 2022 VW Taos.... Whether you consider it a larger subcompact SUV or a smaller compact SUV, the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos has a lot going for it. The VW Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport design language is very present, and the styling comes across as handsome in an understated sort of way.”
VW Taos S trim buyers will enjoy standard features that include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, push-button start, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, roof rails, a digital instrumentation display, an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a stereo system with four speakers, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth.
The Volkswagen Taos S trim gets an available IQ Drive package featuring rear cross-traffic alert, an active blind-spot monitor, forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-keeping assist and emergency assistance. The S trim’s optional Convenience package includes a heated synthetic leather steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic high-beam headlights.
The VW Taos SEL trim gets Travel Assist standard. This system is optional in the S and SE. Travel Assist allows the Taos to drive autonomously. The Travel Assist system manages steering, braking and accelerating when the vehicle is driving below 95 mph. Drivers activate the system via a button mounted on the steering wheel. Drivers must monitor the road, and touch detection enforces the requirement that the driver’s hands remain on the wheel while the system is in use.
* 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.