With more and more customers demanding small SUVs, Volkswagen adds a new model to its stable. The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is a subcompact crossover that takes on rivals like the Kia Seltos, Subaru Crosstrek and Ford Bronco Sport. The VW Taos will replace the Volkswagen Golf when the automaker discontinues the model in 2022, making the Taos VW’s entry-level crossover. We expect the Taos to be a popular model at dealers like the Seaside Volkswagen dealership.
Although the 2022 Taos is smaller than the Tiguan compact crossover, its efficient design provides nearly the same interior room (101 cubic feet vs. 99.5 cubic feet). According to the Volkswagen dealer in Salinas, there’s plenty of headroom, so even tall passengers can ride comfortably. Taos owners can take along as much cargo as they need. Front-wheel-drive models get a total of 27.9 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Taos with all-wheel-drive gets 24.9 cubic feet.
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos gets high marks from the automotive media, with Cars.com writing:
“[T]he new Taos meets all the requirements to be a success in this segment. Priced right, loaded with equipment, efficient, more spacious than expected, and providing that high seating position and AWD capability that buyers are craving, the new 2022 Taos has the potential to be more popular here than the Golf ever was.”
The 2022 VW Taos seats five and comes in three trim levels: S, SE and SE. All models are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and buyers get optional all-wheel drive. With front-wheel drive, the Taos gets an eight-speed automatic gearbox. All-wheel-drive models are equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and an enhanced rear suspension that improves driving dynamics when the vehicle is turning.
Fuel efficiency has long been a hallmark of VW vehicles, so it won’t be surprising to learn the 2022 Volkswagen Taos gets excellent fuel economy. The Taos gets an EPA-estimated rating of up to 28 mpg city/36 mpg highway.*
The base Taos S comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat, LED headlights, roof rails, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, a digital instrumentation display, a stereo with four speakers, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Buyers can choose the S trim’s available IQ Drive package, which features forward collision mitigation, an active blind-spot monitor, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, rear cross-traffic alert, and emergency assistance.
The S and SE trims get Travel Assist as an option. Standard on the SEL trim, Travel Assist is a partially autonomous driving system that can be used at speeds up to 95 mph. The system is engaged via a button mounted on the steering wheel. Travel Assist utilizes the adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping systems to keep the Taos in its lane and safely behind the vehicle ahead.
The SE with Technology and higher trims can get optional second-row captain’s chairs. The SE with Technology trim has an available panoramic sunroof. SE with Technology and SE with Technology R-Line buyers can get the V6 Towing Package, which allows the Atlas to tow up to 5,000 pounds. It features a trailer hitch and a more powerful alternator. Equipped with this package, the VW Atlas can tow a 5,000-pound trailer.
The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas gets EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 21 mpg city/24 mpg highway.*
* 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.