Volkswagen has been doing an ideal job impressing folks with their newest SUV fashions, each gasoline and electrical. The newest addition to the lineup is the subcompact Taos. It’s slightly smaller than the Tiguan, competing with the likes of the Jeep Compass and Subaru Crosstrek for supremacy within the cut-throat market house of the subcompact crossover SUV. We examined the mid-level 2022 VW Taos SE, which is larger than the bottom “S” mannequin however beneath the top-spec SEL.
Sharp and Pleasing Design
Let’s begin the overview on a optimistic be aware, and that’s the outside design. VW has taken their clear, trendy exterior design language which have helped different SUVs within the vary such because the Tiguan and Atlas achieve enchantment, and translated it superbly into this subcompact crossover.
The entrance finish options clear chrome strains across the grille, in addition to a brushed steel end on the bumper which appears glossy. The sides are slightly extra rounded in comparison with different VW SUV fashions, however the inclusion of a full LED mild bar on the entrance, in addition to chrome TAOS letter badging on the rear make a recent end.
Super Inside Area
So it appears the half on the surface, however what’s the inside like? The largest plus of the 2022 Taos SE inside is undoubtedly the house. It’s positively cavernous! The again seat is surprisingly massive and spacious for a subcompact-class SUV, and behind the rear seat you too can stand up to twenty-eight cubic toes of cargo and baggage within the AWD mannequin, however that does go right down to a (nonetheless good) 25 cubic toes when you go for the FWD model.
The beneficiant inside is usually right down to the equally beneficiant exterior proportions of the 2022 Taos, together with 72.5 inches of width, which is definitely slightly wider even than the larger-overall Tiguan.
An Inexpensive Value Tag
The 2022 Taos begins at simply $22,295 for the bottom mannequin, and $27,245 for the SE mannequin that we examined. It comes with a 1.5L turbocharged inline-4 engine outputting 158-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It’s not a foul factor to seek out such a satisfying specification with the VW model for considerably below $30,000 earlier than additional additions. That works within the automotive’s favor, for certain.
The Draw back
Not every thing is ideal, after all. The primary draw back for the 2022 VW Taos must be the inside end and high quality. It’s slightly disappointing when one considers the standard of the outside end. The 2 don’t fairly line up, nor does the inside high quality match the value, not when opponents like Mazda provide higher for about the identical cash. These faults apart, it’s a implausible new addition and can undoubtedly discover an ideal market amongst VW and crossover followers.