Is the 2022 Volkswagen Taos a Good Car?

Volkswagen is on a roll, bringing out new vehicles that appeal to their customer base. Their new vehicles are a mix of fuel-powered and electric, and the Taos enters the fray as Volkswagen’s smallest SUV. The next SUV above it is the Tiguan. Is the 2022 Volkswagen a good car? Let’s learn more and find out.

A bright blue 2022 Volkswagen Taos parked in front of a bridge.
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What’s under the hood of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos?

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos wouldn’t exactly be called powerful. It has only a 4-cylinder engine and is capable of 158 horsepower. Still, Cars.com calls it “peppy,” and thought the front-wheel drive was “lighter on its feet” than the all-wheel drive version. 

As far as fuel economy goes, the Taos can go 28/36 mpg, which isn’t bad for an SUV. It’s fairly inexpensive too, starting at just $22,995 for the base model. If you spend $31,490 for the Volkswagen SEL, you can get the VW Digital Cockpit Pro, and Beats Premium Audio. 

How much room is in the Taos?

The Taos may be Volkswagen’s smallest SUV, but it’s still got a decent amount of interior space. Cars.com also liked its digital gauge cluster and heated front seats. However, they didn’t like its interior trim, which they thought was cheap looking. 

Consumer Reports says that the Taos is 9.3 inches shorter than the Tiguan. Volkswagen promises that the Taos will have all of Volkswagen’s latest technology. This means a solid infotainment system and top-notch advanced safety systems. As car manufacturers make safety features standard more and more frequently in their vehicles, safety features are getting more attention than ever. 

Unfortunately, the 2022 Taos isn’t coming standard with all of the safety equipment that Consumer Reports thinks is necessary (or at least important) for newcard to have. To get safety features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, you’ll have to pay an extra $995.

The Taos will replace the Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is a longtime beloved favorite of Volkswagen enthusiasts. It was small and energetic, with a decent engine and an interior that made sense. Cars.com says that the four-door Volkswagen Golf is gone and the Taos will replace it. Meanwhile, the GTI and Golf R will still be sold in the U.S.

Consumer Reports also notes that although the Taos is named for a town in New Mexico, it will be built in Puebla, Mexico. They also mention that it’s likely to fill a void for those who are interested in a solid name like Volkswagen but aren’t interested in a larger SUV. Perhaps one of the Taos’ biggest draws is its small size. People who live in cities will likely love how small and easy to park the Taos is. 

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is likely to be a popular choice for Volkswagen lovers and those who just want a small SUV with a solid name. With its affordable entry-level pricing, it’s accessible, too. All in all, the Volkswagen Taos seems like a good car.

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