2022 Kia Seltos Takes on the 2022 VW Taos

Do you want to get behind the wheel of either the Kia Seltos or Volkswagen Taos, but can’t figure out which one to buy? See how the two small crossover SUVs measure up in this 2022 Kia Seltos vs. 2022 VW Taos comparison.

2022 Kia Seltos vs. 2022 VW Taos

Snow White Pearl 2022 Kia Seltos driving under a bridge
Snow White Pearl 2022 Kia Seltos | Kia

In our 2022 Kia Seltos vs. 2022 VW Taos comparison, we analyzed several areas. This includes performance, efficiency, safety, passenger and cargo space, interior features and technologies, warranty coverage, and price.

Seltos vs. Taos: Performance and efficiency

Cornflower Blue 2022 VW Taos driving by a hill
Cornflower Blue 2022 VW Taos | Volkswagen

On the performance front, the 2022 Kia Seltos offers two engine options: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine (146 hp) and a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (175 hp). In comparison, the 2022 VW Taos has one engine option: a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine (158 hp). Both the Seltos and Taos offer a traction-enhancing all-wheel drive system, but neither crossover SUV is rated for towing.

For efficiency, the Seltos are and Taos are evenly matched. Both of them get an estimated fuel economy of up to 31 combined mpg.

Seltos vs. Taos: Safety

If you place a premium on safety, then the Seltos is the better choice for you. Unlike the Taos, the Seltos earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick award.

Seltos vs. Taos: Passenger and cargo space

Both the Seltos and Taos can seat up to five people, but the Seltos provides more passenger space. It has a total passenger volume of 99.0 cu-ft, compared to 95.0 cu-ft for the Taos. However, the Taos provides more storage space. It has a maximum cargo capacity of 65.9 cu-ft, compared to 62.8 cu-ft for the Seltos.

Seltos vs. Taos: Interior features and technologies

The Taos has the advantage for interior features and technologies. Unlike the Seltos, the Taos offers a Wi-Fi hotspot, HD Radio, a dual-zone climate control system, a cooled driver’s seat, and a heated steering wheel. Both crossover SUVs offer a sunroof/moonroof.

Seltos vs. Taos: Warranty coverage

For warranty coverage, the Seltos has the advantage. It has the backing of a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. In comparison, the Taos has a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Seltos vs. Taos: Price

Which crossover SUV costs more: the 2022 Seltos or the 2022 Taos? The starting prices of the 2022 Seltos range from $22,490 MSRP for the LX trim up to $27,990 MSRP for the SX trim. In comparison, the starting prices of the 2022 Taos range from $23,295 MSRP for the 1.5T S trim up to $31,790 MSRP for the 1.5T SEL trim.

2022 Kia Seltos vs. 2022 VW Taos: Which crossover SUV is better?

In our 2022 Kia Seltos vs. 2022 VW Taos comparison, each crossover SUV has various advantages. For the 2022 Seltos, advantages include maximum horsepower, safety, passenger space, warranty coverage, and a lower price. Conversely, advantages for the 2022 Taos include base-engine horsepower, cargo space, and interior features and technologies.

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