Consumer Reports Predicts the Volkswagen Taos Won’t Be Reliable

As sales trends continue to shift toward crossovers and SUVs, some vehicle manufacturers are making deliberate strides to answer the increased demand for larger vehicles. Volkswagen is known for making cars like the VW Golf and the VW Jetta, but in order to stay competitive, the company saw the need to add a small crossover to their lineup. In response, VW added the 2022 Volkswagen Taos, and it looks to be an impressive vehicle that will be sure to excite small SUV enthusiasts everywhere. 

What is the 2022 Volkswagen Taos?

The first impression the 2022 Volkswagen Taos gives is an excellent one, thanks to its stunning exterior. Many of the sample VW Taos models displayed in articles online show the crossover in a striking electric blue that contrasts beautifully with black detailing toward the bottom fourth of the SUV. The V-shaped details on the wheels are also particularly eye-catching, and it’s hard to deny that this is one gorgeous SUV on the outside. 

The inside of the VW Taos is also lovely to look at, thanks to the two-tone cloth on the seats. The interior feels familiar, as it is quite similar to other VW vehicles, but it still feels modern and stylish.

According to U.S. News, the Volkswagen Taos comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, push-button start, and automatic headlights. Other features like automatic climate control, heated front seats, or a 10-color ambient lighting setting will cost extra. 

As far as performance goes, the VW Taos will come equipped with a 1.5-liter turbo engine that can produce 158 hp, and you can opt to purchase a Taos with all-wheel drive. 

Consumer Reports gave the VW Taos a low predicted reliability rating

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When Consumer Reports assigns a predicted reliability rating to vehicles, they usually use data from past model years of the vehicle to calculate how well they predict it will hold up. Since it’s the first year the Volkswagen Taos is available, how did they come to the conclusion that it deserves a measly two out of five on predicted reliability?

Consumer Reports hasn’t even had the chance to test the VW Taos yet, so they have no ratings for a road test, but they do predict a high owner satisfaction rate.

When it comes to assigning the VW Taos a two out of five, chances are good that CR looked at how reliable they deemed the VW Tiguan, which is a slightly larger SUV from VW. The 2021 VW Tiguan also got a two out of five for predicted reliability, though this score is based on years of data from the Tiguan. 

It’s hard to say for sure why CR gave the VW Taos the poor predicted reliability score it did for its first year, but CR will be able to improve upon that predicted reliability score as users purchase the Taos and report on problems they have had with it if any. 

When will the 2022 Volkswagen Taos go on sale?

The 2022 VW Taos in blue driving in the desert near dusk.
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos | Volkswagen

Those who are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 2022 VW Taos don’t have to hold on too much longer. The VW Taos is set to go on sale in June of 2021, though the pricing of the base model can differ depending upon where you look. 

Consumer Reports, for example, has the 2022 VW Taos listed with an MSRP of $22,995-$33,045. MotorTrend and Car and Driver both have the base price listed at $24,190 all the way up to $35,000 for a top-of-the-line VW Taos. Prices frequently vary a bit for new vehicles, but you can expect to pay around $25,000 for a new VW Taos S (the base trim) if you decide to take the plunge later this year.