TodayApril 15, 2022

2022 Volkswagen Taos review, pricing, pictures, and video

Spunky, Sturdy, quiet, and comfortable were the adjectives that Keith Turner, the new carguy for Driving the Nation, used to describe the 2022 Volkswagen Taos, “The most fun I’ve had in a compact crossover in some time.”

Rugged, Bold, Dynamic Exterior

Volkswagen Product planner Mike Stephens walked around the VW Taos, “anyone that has seen a Volkswagen knows this is a Volkswagen.” Stephens showcased the SEL with the top-trim premium headlights with the light strip across the side and that big, bold black glossy grille. The projector LED headlights are the same lights that you will find on the Atlas and Cross sport. Look for the same design element on the VW Arteon and the ID.4.

There are four settings: Onroad, Snow, Offroad, and Custom Offroad. Within the Onroad setting, additional options are Normal, Sport, Comfort, and Individual.

Exterior colors include dust blue, cornflower blue, pyrite silver, King’s red, platinum gray, pure gray, pure white, and black.

Is the Taos replacing the Tiguan?

No, the Taos is not replacing the Tiguan. More likely, it will replace the Golf. Think of the Tiguan as sporty, while the Taos is rugged. The Taos follows in the same rugged design, especially with the Atlas’ squared-off wheel arches. The profile of the compact CUV is more in line with the Tiguan, just a touch smaller and a little easier on the wallet. 

Interior – black and french roast 

Those people who stop at the coffee drive-thru in the morning will be right at home in the Taos with the black and french roast leather interior.

SEL models feature a standard 10-color LED ambient lighting system. Coordinated with the Driving Mode Selection feature on AWD models, the system provides soothing indirect white light in the Normal profile, red light in the Sport profile, and blue light in the Eco profile. The driver can set any of the ten colors using Manual or Custom mode. 

Gray and black two-tone seats are standard on S models. The SE is available in either gray or black. The SEL is available in a two-tone, neutral grey and black or luxurious French Roast and black. Across the trim lines, grey contrast stitching provides an additional visual pop. S models have cloth seats, while SE models feature CloudTex and cloth seating surfaces, and SEL models receive leather seating surfaces. 

Who are the competitors of the VW Taos? 

The compact crossover CUV/SUV will be compared most closely with the Hyundai Tucson and Subaru Crosstrek.

When can I buy a VW Taos?

Volkswagen has the 2022 Taos on sale now at a car dealership near you.

How much will the 2022 VW Taos cost?  

2022 Volkswagen Taos front-wheel drive (FWD)

S $22,995 

SE $27,245

SEL $31,490 

How much is a 2022 Volkswagen Taos AWD?

2022 Volkswagen Taos all-wheel drive (AWD)

S $25,040

SE $28,695

SEL $33,045

Add $1,195 for destination charge


1.5-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI four-cylinder 


2022 Volkswagen Taos FWD 8-speed automatic 

2022 Volkswagen Taos 4Motion 7-speed DSG 

Horsepower @ rpm 

158 @ 5500 

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 

184 @ 1750 

Curb weight (lbs) 

2022 Volkswagen Taos FWD 3175 lb 

2022 Volkswagen Taos 4Motion 3430 lb 

GVWR (lb/kg)

2022 Volkswagen Taos FWD 4343/1970

2022 Volkswagen Taos 4Motion 4608/2090

Payload (lb/kg)

2022 Volkswagen Taos FWD 937/425

2022 Volkswagen Taos 4Motion  937/425

EPA-estimated Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined) 

2022 Volkswagen Taos FWD –  28/36/31 

2022 Volkswagen Taos 4Motion 25/32/28 

Trim levels with standard and optional highlights

2022 Volkswagen Taos S trim 

•17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

•LED headlights, DRLs, and taillights

•Black roof rails

•Black side mirrors

•6.5-inch MIB2 Composition Color infotainment


•2x USB-C ports 

•Volkswagen Digital Cockpit

•Car-Net w/ Wi-Fi capability

•KESSY-Go push-button start

•Drive mode selection (AWD only)

•Multi-function steering wheel

•Rearview camera

•Automatic on/off headlights

•Single-zone manual HVAC

•Cloth seats 

•6-way manual adjustable driver seat

•40/60 rear seat split

•1x 12V outlets (2x AWD only)

•All-Weather Package: Heated front seats, heated side mirrors, heated washer nozzles (AWD only)

 IQ.DRIVE S Package $995: Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, ACC Stop & Go, Lane Assist, Travel Assist, Emergency Assist

S Convenience Package (included with IQ.DRIVE S Package): Light Assist, rain-sensing wipers, heated leatherette steering wheel

 2022 Volkswagen Taos SE trim 

•18-inch machined alloy wheels•Silver roof rails 

•Body-colored side mirrors

•8-inch MIB3 Composition Media infotainment

•Voice Control

•SiriusXM w/ 360L

•Wireless charging

•Wireless App-Connect

•3 x USB ports

•6 speaker system

•KESSY keyless access


•Remote Start

•Leatherette steering wheel

•Combination leatherette-cloth seating surfaces

•Heated front seats

•Heated washer nozzles and side mirrors

•8-way power driver seat w/ lumbar

•Front Assist 

•Blind Spot Monitor

Panoramic Sunroof $1,200

18-inch Black Wheels $395

IQ.DRIVE SE Package $895: ACC Stop & Go, Lane Assist, Travel Assist, Emergency Assist

SE Convenience Package (included with IQ.DRIVE SE Package): Light Assist, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel

 2022 Volkswagen Taos SEL trim 

•18-inch black wheels (FWD only)

•19-inch machined alloy wheels (AWD only) 

•LED projector headlights w/ AFS

•Illuminated grille

•8-inch MIB3 Discover Media infotainment w/ navigation 

•8 speaker BeatsAudio premium sound system

•Ambient lighting

•Dual-zone Climatronic 

•Auto-dimming mirror

•Heated leatherette steering wheel

•Rain-sensing wipers

•Leather seating surfaces

•Ventilated front seats (AWD only)

•Park Distance Control rear

•ACC Stop & Go 

•Lane Assist

•Emergency Assist

•Dynamic Road Sign Display

•Travel Assist Low w/Traffic Jam Assist

•Light Assist

 Panoramic Sunroof $1,200

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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