TodayApril 15, 2022

2022 Volkswagen Taos trims and specs

Another SUV from VW

  • The VW Taos slots under Tiguan in the Volkswagen lineup and is the second proof point of Volkswagen’s doubling-up strategy for SUVs
  • 1.5-liter EA211 turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 158hp and 184 lb-ft of torque pairs with either 8-speed automatic and FWD or 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive
  • The bold design establishes the connection to the Volkswagen SUV family
  • Smart packaging includes high-end features like the standard Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and available MIB3 with wireless App-Connect and IQ.DRIVE driver assistance suite

Volkswagen of America, Inc. unveiled the all-new 2022 Taos today. The Volkswagen Taos will slot under the VW Tiguan and is the second proof point of Volkswagen’s doubling-up SUV strategy following the launch of Atlas Cross Sport earlier this year. The vehicle drives in the largest U.S. vehicle segment, the compact SUV market. In 2019 this segment sold 4 million vehicles, around 24 percent of the market. The Taos is small in stature, but big on value, with bold design, smart packaging, and high-end features.

“Taos is our fifth new addition to the Volkswagen SUV family in just four years, and we’re thrilled to keep finding new ways to meet the needs of American families,” said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “Taos will bookend our compact SUV offering, giving buyers all the style, technology, and drivability that Volkswagen is known for at an even more affordable price.”

Volkswagen Taos

The exterior of the Volkswagen Taos SUV design DNA follows the rest of the SUVs created by VW. It bears a bold front end with a sculpted hood and LED light signature reminiscent of the Atlas Cross Sport. Top trims feature LED headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), and an illuminated light line is stretching outward from the logo, as on the recently unveiled ID.4 electric SUV.

The distinctive side profile harkens to the Tiguan with a strong character line, while the more squared-off wheel arches give a nod to the Atlas. Eight colors meet four-wheel designs—17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are standard, with two 18-inch wheels (machined or black finish) and 19-inch wheels available—and a panoramic sunroof is optional.

Dimensionally, Taos sits in the middle of the entry compact SUV space, in contrast to the Tiguan, which sits at the top of the compact SUV space. Nose to tail, Taos is 175.8 inches long—9.3 inches shy of Tiguan—with a wheelbase of 105.9 inches; it is 72.5 inches wide and 64.4 inches tall.

Passenger space is a roomy 99.5 cubic feet—just 1.6 cu ft less than the two-row Tiguan—with 28.1 cu ft of luggage space behind the second-row seats and 66.3 cu ft with the second row folded down. Besides offering generous cargo space, the Taos provides 40.1 inches of legroom in the front and 37.9 in the rear.

Inside, the Taos features a modern design and premium fit and finish. The cockpit highlights clean lines with a horizontal focus; dash decor divides the central touchscreen from climate controls and flows seamlessly into the door inserts, adding visual interest. Two-tone seats are standard—whether in the base cloth or optional leatherette and leather seating surfaces—and include a luxurious French Roast and black combination for top-of-the-line models.

Standard comfort and convenience features include automatic headlights and push-button start. Additionally, KESS keyless access is available, along with an 8-way power driver seat, dual-zone Climatronic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a heated leatherette steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated side mirrors, and heated washer nozzles.

Taos offers the latest in Volkswagen connectivity and infotainment technology. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit configurable instrument cluster comes standard, as does Volkswagen Car-Net with in-car WiFi capability when you subscribe to a data plan. The MIB3 infotainment system with wireless charging and wireless App-Connect for compatible devices is available from mid-level trims along with an 8-inch touchscreen with voice control, SiriusXM satellite radio (three-month trial), and available navigation. Top trims add 10-color ambient lighting and a premium BeatsAudio sound system with eight speakers.

The IQ.DRIVE suite of driver assistance technology is available on every Taos model. This technology features Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Braking (Front Assist), Active Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop and Go feature, Travel Assist, and Emergency Assist. High Beam Control (Light Assist), the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), and Park Distance Control are also available.

The Taos is powered by a 1.5-liter version of the EA211 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that currently powers the Jetta sedan. The powertrain produces 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The new engine offers several high-tech features designed to help produce outstanding fuel economy. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission in the front-wheel-drive model, while models with 4Motion all-wheel drive get a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

There will be three trim levels:

  • 2022 Volkswagen Taos S
  • 2022 Volkswagen Taos SE
  • 2022 Volkswagen Taos SEL

Taos will be produced in the North American Region at VW’s Puebla, Mexico factory. More details and pricing will be announced ahead of the launch in the summer of 2021.

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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