What Are the 2022 Volkswagen Taos’ Specs?
2022 Volkswagen Taos Specs
Volkswagen has introduced its smallest SUV yet, the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos. A good-looking subcompact crossover powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine, the Taos is based on the popular MQB platform underpinning the now-discontinued Golf hatchback. Despite its modest performance, the little people carrier manages to deliver impressive fuel economy.
The VW Taos sits one peg below the VW Tiguan as the newest member of the SUV family. Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline trim levels are available with front- or all-wheel drive, and this subcompact crossover SUV is offered with three trim levels. With 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the car. The VW Taos may be the perfect entry-level Golf if you lament the lack of entry-level Golfs. It has a VW SUV look and a starting price of less than $23,000.
Volkswagen Taos Exterior
Taos’ exterior design doesn’t stray too far from its VW siblings. Compared to its rivals, it is restrained and very calculated. In the end, it is a crossover SUV that looks stylish without being overly garish, though it is not breaking any new ground in terms of styling. Rather than taking advantage of this opportunity, VW played the design cards safely.
Base model exterior features include LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, and power-heated side mirrors. While higher trim levels, especially AWD versions, can add additional Taos features such as panoramic sunroof, driver assists, and other features that can smoothen ride quality.
There are five different exterior colors available for the handsome Taos. You can choose from Platinum Gray, Dusk Blue, and Pyrite Silver at no charge. Additionally, VW offers a Pearlescent Deep Black Pearl option and a pure white option – both at no extra cost. While none of these are particularly colorful, starting with the Comfortline trim, you’ll have access to Cornflower Blue at no additional cost, Kings Red metallic for a fee of $395, and Pure Gray for an additional fee of $395.
VW classifies the Taos 2022 as a compact crossover because of its dimensions, but it’s priced to be competitive in the subcompact segment. Due to this, Taos is large compared to many similar SUVs. In the FWD configuration, it measures 175.8 inches in length compared with the Honda HR-V’s 105.9 inches, and in the AWD configuration, it measures 105.6 inches. In total, the width of the vehicle measures 72.5 inches, while its height is 64.4 inches for the FWD version, and 64.6 inches for the
AWD variant. There are 17.3/17.7 degrees of approach, departure, and breakover angles on the Taos (FWD/AWD), 24.8 degrees of departure angle, and 18/18.5 degrees of breakover angle (FWD/AWD). The ground clearance on FWD models is 6.4 inches, while it is 6.6 inches on AWD models.
Volkswagen Taos Performance
There is a good balance between performance and economy in the Volkswagen Taos. Its four-cylinder gas engine is a small-capacity turbocharged unit that produces decent power in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. For anyone experiencing winter weather, experts highly recommend the Comfortline trim level’s 4Motion AWD system. The investment is well worth it.
The FWD model will still be able to make it from 0-60 mph in mid-seven seconds despite only packing 158 horses under the hood. This means it will be much faster than the Honda HR-V.
Engine and Transmission
With 158 horsepower and 184 lb-feet of torque, the Volkswagen Taos comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine codenamed EA211. The Taos has a valve system that closes earlier during the induction stroke to increase efficiency and conserve fuel. It also delivers smoother power due to its variable turbine geometry.
Handling and Driving Impressions
In this segment, customers have high expectations, so subcompact SUV manufacturers have to deliver vehicles that excel at a variety of things, including driving dynamics. All Taos models drive well, but suburban streets are where the Taos excels.
The Taos occupants settle into a comfortable rhythm after long highway rides, and canyon cruising also reveals the car can be playful when the need arises. Unlike the FWD model, the AWD model comes with a multilink rear suspension that gives the four-wheeler a more stable feeling overall.
The Taos is well balanced between comfort and overall driving enjoyment, and it offers a smooth and enjoyable drive.
Volkswagen Taos Gas Mileage
The Volkswagen Taos gets excellent gas mileage, which comes as no surprise to buyers in this segment who are looking for safety, affordability, good technology, and low fuel costs. In FWD guise, the Taos manages 28/36/31 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycle with its turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder.
With a fuel tank capacity of 13.2 gallons, the FWD Taos can travel as far as 409 miles. The AWD model has a slightly larger fuel tank, with a maximum range of approximately 406 miles in the same region.
Volkswagen Taos Interior
It is nice to see the Taos’ interior layout being more user-friendly instead of the typically more complex German designs. This is in keeping with the car’s more playful personality. In general, the build quality of the interior is good, although it had a few too many plastic parts, such as those at the top of the dash. Volkswagen is usually known for soft-touch materials.
The Taos is an excellent value at this price point. The cloth seats, as well as the leatherette-wrapped steering wheel, are particularly liked by experts in trade reviews. VW keeps the quality of the cloth seats at a high level. The driver’s seat has a 10-way power adjustment, so whichever position is most comfortable for you is easy to find. Additionally, the Comfortline trim level comes standard with features including a heated steering wheel, automatic headlights, heated windshield washer nozzles, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Seating and Interior Space
You shouldn’t think the Taos is just a city car because of its compact size. There is plenty of space for an average Canadian family and their belongings in this compact SUV. Larger passengers won’t have any complaints about the space in front. It’s the same story in the back, as the average adult will be able to travel comfortably with 37.9 inches of leg room. The Taos offers comfortable front seats even in the base trim. Manually adjustable front seats are standard on the Trendline, but power-adjustable front seats are standard on the Comfortline and Highline.
- Front leg room: 40.1″
- Front shoulder room: 56.5″
- Second-row head room: 39.8″
- Second-row leg room: 37.9″
- Second-row shoulder room: 55.2″
- Rear head room: 39.8″
- Rear leg room: 37.9″
- Rear shoulder room: 37.9″
- Cargo volume/cargo room:
- Cargo space in the first row: n/a
- Cargo space in the second row: 60.2 cu ft
- Cargo space in the third row: n/a
Volkswagen Taos Infotainment and Features
The base model comes with six-way manually adjustable front seats, push-button start, manual air-conditioning, a multifunction steering wheel, a rear view camera, two front USB-C data ports, heated front seats on all-wheel drive models, and driver aids such as automatic post-collision braking, and intelligent crash response.
On both FWD and AWD models, the Comfortline adds heated front seats, keyless power door access, power lumbar support, blind-spot monitoring, and wireless smartphone charging. The top-of-the-line Highline model features dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 10-color ambient interior lighting, and ventilated front seats on the AWD models. In addition, VW’s IQ.Drive semi-autonomous system is standard on the Highline. An adaptive cruise control, dynamic road sign display, automatic high beams, and park distance control round out this model’s features.
This new digital instrument cluster comes standard on the first two trim levels of Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit, and it is an important step forward for the brand. In addition to the MIB2, the base model includes an infotainment touchscreen display with a 6.5-inch display, AM/FM radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, as well as a four-speaker sound system, and Bluetooth connectivity.
There are two extra speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio and HD Radio on the SE, as well as a bigger, eight-inch screen with voice control and MIB3 software. On the Highline, there is an upgraded 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit display, navigation, and an eight-speaker BeatsAudio premium sound system that sounds great whenever you are listening to music. There is in-car Wi-Fi available on all models, and Car-Net is standard.
Volkswagen Taos Safety
The SE trim level offers the $1000 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Package , which adds the Travel Assist semi-automated driving assistance system, which combines adaptive cruise control and lane assist functions. Blind-spot monitors, rearview cameras, tire pressure monitoring systems, and hill descent control are all included in some models as standard safety features.
Key Safety Features
All Taos SUVs will offer a six-airbag system as standard equipment. A direct tire pressure monitoring system, including front and rear curtain airbags, and a post-collision braking system with intelligent response capability. The base Trendline is largely devoid of driver-assist features, but it does include a rearview camera.
As part of the Comfortline trim, you also get pedestrian monitoring with front assist, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert. Volkswagen’s IQ.Drive suite, which enables semi-autonomous driving, is standard on all Highline models. A lane-keeping assist feature is included in the system. As well as adaptive cruise control, travel assistance, high beam control, dynamic road sign display, park distance control, lane assist, and emergency assistance, the range-topper features an array of other advanced features. Lower trim levels can be equipped with at least some of the available safety systems.
What Is the Price of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos?
The Taos Comfortline trim starts at $32,395, which has synthetic leather upholstery, wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and a wireless phone charger. With a starting price of $36,695, the Highline is the highest-spec model in the Taos lineup. The cost of all-wheel drive varies, depending on the trim level, from $2,045 to $1,450.
How Good Is the 2022 Volkswagen Taos?
The 2022 Taos receives a TCC Rating of 6.2 out of 10 before safety is taken into account, thanks to its spacious and well-packaged interior. In comparison to others of its size, this is well above the norm.
What Kind of Car Is the 2022 Volkswagen Taos?
It will debut for the 2022 model year as a five-seat crossover. VW’s conservative styling approach could mistake the Tiguan for this smaller model. In comparison to its competitors, including the Ford Bronco Sport, Kia Seltos, Jeep Compass, and Mazda CX-30, the Taos provides a far more spacious interior.
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