A new, more compact Volkswagen crossover SUV will join the lineup soon. The new 2022 Taos is smaller than the Tiguan and will compete in one of the hottest market segments in the U.S. The Taos is the only Volkswagen specifically designed for the U.S. market, and this model is proof that big things come in small packages. Take a look at the all-new subcompact Volkswagen Taos.
Volkswagen developed a brand-new engine for the Taos. It gets its power from a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder gas engine that provides 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, which is 11 more horsepower than that engine under the hood of the Golf and Jetta. According to Volkswagen, this is their first mass-produced engine to use turbine geometry. This means that the turbo can adapt to how the turbine responds to exhaust gas flow at a lower speed, which helps to eliminate turbo lag.
The new engine will make more power while providing the Taos with excellent fuel economy. All models will have front-wheel drive when the Taos first arrives, with an all-wheel-drive version to arrive later. The powertrain will work with Volkswagen’s eight-speed automatic transmission, and the new engine combined with the excellent transmission will result in best-in-class fuel economy. It received an EPA rating of 28 mpg for city driving and 36 mpg on the highway when equipped with front-wheel drive. If you opt for the 4Motion all-wheel-drive when it becomes available, it will get 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
The Taos might look familiar even though it is smaller than any other model. It takes some design cues from the larger Atlas and the new ID4. You’ll notice the same squared-off fenders that you get with the Atlas, and it has an LED light bar that goes from one side of the front grille to the other just like the ID4. It’s built on the Modular Transverse Architecture MBQ platform and, with its 105.9-inch wheelbase, the Taos is one of the largest subcompact vehicles in its class. This small SUV has an exterior design featuring short overhangs. Since it sits upright, it offers more rear legroom than you usually get with a subcompact, and it has a larger cargo area.
Volkswagen will introduce the Taos without a stripped-down base trim. Instead, every model will come equipped with features such as their digital cockpit, which will come standard. The lineup will include the S, SE, and SEL. The entry-level S will come with automatic LED headlights and 17-inch wheels. Stepping up to the SE will get you 18-inch wheels, and the SEL rides on 19-inch wheels. Volkswagen offers a panoramic sunroof for any of the trims.
The Taos comes packed with the latest technology. A digital cockpit replaces the traditional gauge cluster with a high-resolution display and available customization that allows you to decide what you see. Choose from speed, travel time, route guidance, driver-assist system, and elevation.
A 6.5-inch touch screen comes standard and works with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An 8-inch touch screen is an option and uses the MIB3 infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The MIB3 system also offers the option for navigation, satellite radio, wireless smartphone charging, and an upgraded eight-speaker BeatsAudio stereo system.
The available SiriusXM with 360L touch screen interface shows you channel options and provides a personalized experience. Volkswagen also offers its App-Connect system and Car-Net. Car-Net is a mobile app that allows you to control some of your Taos’s features from your smartphone. It provides:
- Remote commands. You can remotely start the Taos, lock and unlock the doors, and flash the lights.
- Family guardian alerts. You can keep track of your vehicle when others are behind the wheel, set limits for teen drivers including speeds, a curfew, and set boundaries.
- Parking information. You can always find your Taos with Parkopedia to let you know where you parked.
- A Wi-Fi hot spot.
- DriveView. Use this to become eligible for insurance discounts.
- Volkswagen’s Car-Net Safe & Secure. Get anti-theft alerts, automatic crash notification, emergency assistance, roadside assistance, and a stolen vehicle locator.
Volkswagen will offer their IQ Drive system with the Taos. This is an Advanced Driver Assistance Technology system with hands-on, semi-autonomous driving capability. IQ Drive consists of several different advanced driver aids, including:
- Lane Assist. This lane-keeping system will sense if you start to drift out of your lane when driving above 37 mph. It can help keep you in your current lane if it detects lane markings.
- Front Assist. This forward-collision warning system will monitor traffic and alert you of a potential rear-end collision with the vehicle in front of you. If it senses a collision is imminent, the automatic emergency braking system kicks in and applies the brakes. The front assist group also includes pedestrian detection and automatically applies the brakes when it senses a pedestrian crossing in front of the Taos.
- Adaptive Cruise Control. This system helps the Taos maintain a preset distance and speed from the car in front of you. When activated, it will slow down and speed up with the vehicle in front.
- Active Blind Spot Monitor. If you attempt to change lanes and someone is in your blind spot, the blind spot monitor will visually and audibly alert you. It will also provide a counter-steering movement if needed to keep you in your lane when you try to changes lanes and someone is in your blind spot.
- Rear Traffic Alert. The rear traffic alert system uses sensors to alert you when vehicles cross behind you when you are in reverse. It will then apply the brakes if needed.
The Taos also offers Volkswagen’s Travel Assist system. This hands-on semi-autonomous driving system supports the driver with steering, accelerating, and braking within the lane.
Give us a call at Capistrano Volkswagen to learn more about the all-new 2022 Taos. We can set you up with a test drive so you can check out this innovative new subcompact crossover for yourself.