2022 Volkswagen Taos

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  • Overview

    A blue 2022 Volkswagen Taos SEL is facing left.

    Few things in this life are perfect, but the 2022 Volkswagen Taos sure comes close. The smallestVolkswagen SUV is disrupting one of the most popular automotive categories in the U.S.–the subcompact SUV segment–and buyers are saying yes to its bold styling, turbocharged powertrain, and robust connected services and infotainment technology.

    You’ll find a generous assortment of the latest driver-assist safety and convenience technology available on the 2022 Taos. Called IQ.Drive, the Volkswagen-exclusive technology offers semi-autonomous driving support with systems like Forward Collision Warning and Active Blind Spot Monitor working together to keep occupants safe and drivers alert.

    What should you look for in a subcompact SUV? First and foremost is affordability, which is why opting for VW newest ute is a smart financial decision. With three different trims to choose from, buyers can decide how much, or how little, they’ll spend and dial in the right mix of equipment and features to make daily commuting outright enjoyable.

    What are automotive journalists saying about the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos? Plenty of good things, as it turns out. Car and Driver lauds the Taos for having “impressive fuel economy” and “cavernous interior,” along with its “attractive base price .” Looking at the cabin, MotorTrend reports that “the interior materials make the Taos feel a class above.” Experts agree–this newest VW marries fun, practicality, and refinement.


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  • Design

    A blue 2022 Volkswagen Taos SEL is shown from the rear parked in front of a garage door.

    A Sharp First Impression

    The Taos faces stiff competition in the subcompact category, so making a great first impression is key to winning buyers. How does Volkswagen accomplish this on the all-new 2022 Volkswagen Taos? It borrows styling from the popular Atlas SUV and is one of the larger subcompact SUV models available, offering an abundance of interior cabin space, particularly its rear seat dimensions.

    Outside, buyers will notice the sloped hood and a three-bar Volkswagen grille, a feature that’s shared with the Atlas. Standard LED headlights and taillights add to the drama, giving the Taos a futuristic curb appeal. Even with all the modern touches, the Taos still manages to retain a classic VW profile, with squared-off fender flares and silver “Taos” lettering displayed on the liftgate.

    European Minimalism

    Although its exterior styling is bold and unique, where the Taos shines is inside the cabin. The practicality of German-inspired minimalism meets spaciousness in the Volkswagen Taos, with 99.5 cubic feet of passenger space and as much as 65.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity when the second-row seats are folded flat. Rear seat passengers will stretch out comfortably, thanks to a cavernous 37.9 inches of legroom.

    The base Taos S offers buyers an extremely affordable option. But despite its low price, the S features standard 17-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, and power side mirrors on the outside. In the cabin, buyers will find cloth seating, air conditioning, and a multi-function steering wheel. A 6.5-inch color touchscreen is standard, as is a push-button start.

    Available Luxury

    Moving up to the Taos SE will add a long list of upgrades, starting with a set of larger 18-inch wheels, heated windshield washer nozzles, and heated outside mirrors. Silver roof rails replace the S trim’s black rails. Inside, you’ll find an 8-way power driver’s seat, CloudTex seating surfaces, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob.

    Sitting at the top of the Taos lineup is the premium SEL trim. The SEL includes rain-sensing windshield wipers, low-speed corner-illuminating lighting (as part of the LED headlight/Daytime Running Lights system), and a dramatic illuminated grille. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, along with a 10-color interior ambient lighting array, leather seats, and a heated steering wheel.

  • Performance

    A blue 2022 Volkswagen Taos SEL is shown from the side parked in a driveway.

    Sporty Power

    All 2022 Volkswagen Taos trims receive a powerful 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers an impressive 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models are equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission, but buyers can opt for the available 4Motion all-wheel drive system that also switches out the transmission for a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

    4Motion all-wheel drive is available on all three Taos trims and defaults to a front-wheel drive profile in normal driving conditions to optimize fuel economy. Once the system senses a reduction in traction, it engages the rear wheels to increase road grip and optimize torque distribution, essentially sending power to the wheels with the most traction.

    Customize Your Drive

    All-wheel drive-equipped Taos trims feature standard Driving Mode Selection. This feature offers a selectable range of three different drive modes, including Normal, Sport, and Individual. Each mode automatically adjusts the throttle and steering characteristics, with Sport Mode optimizing output and aggressiveness while Individual Mode lets drivers manually adjust steering and throttle response.

    In addition to selectable drive modes, Volkswagen Taos models with all-wheel drive feature Active Control. Active Control lets the driver choose from different profiles based on the current driving conditions. The four settings–Onroad, Snow, Offroad, and Custom Offroad–each tap into different technologies to adapt to a wide variety of driving conditions almost instantly.

    Snow mode aims to minimize the chance of spinning out by optimizing the vehicle’s Traction Control System, particularly during riskier driving maneuvers like cornering. Engaging Offroad automatically switches off the auto stop/start feature and lets drivers control shifting via the Tiptronic shift system, while Custom Offroad puts system adjustments in the hands of the driver for a more customized experience.

    Safe Performance

    Driving a Volkswagen means you’re getting the best of advanced German engineering, including quality components and a range of safety equipment and features designed to keep occupants out of harm’s way. One such system is Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. The system can apply the brakes when it detects a collision that results in the airbags deploying. The companion Intelligent Crash Response System disables the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and automatically turns on the hazard lights.

  • Technology

    A woman is shown opening the sunroof in a 2022 Volkswagen Taos.

    Modern Infotainment

    The 2022 Volkswagen Taos has onboard touchscreens that offer a unique “capacitive” response, which means they respond to gentle touch inputs rather than pressure. The technology is similar to that found on smartphone touchscreens. Drivers can swipe and pinch-zoom to access content, which will feel seamless when transitioning from smartphone to onboard screens.

    Taos S models feature a 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with dual USB-C ports and Bluetooth connectivity. Upgrading to the SE or SEL trims upgrades the operating system from MIB2 to MIB3, which features an 8-inch display and wireless charging and connectivity. Occupants will love the multi-phone connectivity capability and the convenient third USB-C charging port.

    Staying Connected and Entertained

    Where the SE and SEL differ is in the system’s levels of content. The SE features Composition Media, featuring Bluetooth, HD radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio with a three-month free trial. The SEL comes with Discover Media, a system that includes everything found on Composition Media, plus a navigation system that, when paired with an available connected services subscription, offers real-time traffic updates, including notification of road closures. In addition, the Taos SEL includes BeatsAudio sound, a 400-watt, eight-speaker premium audio system that includes a subwoofer.

    The robust connected services offered by Volkswagen–called Car-Net–are available to add even more convenience for Taos owners. Car-Net includes smartphone app-based remote access, an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, and more. The remote access subscription plan is free to all Taos owners for the first five years, and with it, buyers can lock and unlock doors, sound the horn, flash the lights, and even remotely start their engine.

    IQ.DRIVE Safety

    Also available on the 2022 Taos is IQ.DRIVE, a suite of driver-assist safety systems. Optional on the S and SE and included on the SEL, IQ.DRIVE includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and Emergency Assist. The Park Distance Control feature is exclusive to the SEL trim and uses sensors to keep watch over the rear bumper, alerting the driver when it comes within five feet of an object.

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