2022 Volkswagen Taos for Sale in West Warwick, RI
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos, the automaker’s all-new subcompact crossover, slots below the Tiguan and exhibits a lot of the same styling as both that model and the larger Atlas. Being 9.3 inches shorter than the Tiguan, it’s well suited for urban areas and tight quarters in general. The stylish Taos stands out from the rest of the subcompact crossover segment, which tend to look alike. On top of its sophisticated and minimalist appearance, it has a unique and modern LED light strip that bridges the headlights with the grille-mounted Volkswagen logo, which was recently unveiled on another brand-new VW model, the ID.4 electric vehicle.
The Taos owes its fuel efficiency to a form of advanced turbocharger technology known as variable turbine geometry. This greater efficiency is possible due to the modified version of the Miller cycle, where the intake valves close early in the induction stroke to extract the most out of the fuel.
Trims and Powertrain
Volkswagen offers the Taos in a trio of trim levels: S, SE, and SEL. Their turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 158 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is issued with the standard front-wheel drivetrain; with the available 4Motion all-wheel drive, the transmission is upgraded to a dual-clutch seven speed automatic. The FWD and AWD versions get different rear suspensions, too: a torsion beam for the FWD versions and a multi-link for AWD. Based on EPA listings, the FWD models achieve 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway; those with AWD get 25 city/32 highway.
The S may be a base trim, but its features are far from entry-level. While some equipment, like the manually adjustable seats upholstered in cloth, are simple, it shows sophistication with automatic on/off LED headlights, push-button ignition, and the Digital Cockpit instrument cluster. Its infotainment system has a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. What’s more, the S is Car-Net compatible, which means you can access certain vehicle features remotely using your smart device. Standard roof rails make the S more practical for transporting extra cargo or adding a rack system for bikes, paddleboards, kayaks, and so on.
Things get a bit more upscale in the mid-range SE, with heated features (washer nozzles, side mirrors, and front seats) and remote start plus a power driver’s seat, leatherette upholstery, and keyless entry. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and an 8-inch touchscreen with voice recognition take the infotainment system up a notch; SiriusXM satellite radio and wireless smartphone charging are added as well. Some advanced safety features – courtesy of the IQ.Drive suite – are standard as well. Those technologies include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
The SEL is the most upscale of the bunch, marked by an advanced adaptive front lighting system with LED headlights and low-speed corner illumination, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a futuristic illuminated grille, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient interior lighting, real leather upholstery, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The multimedia setup is sweetened with integrated navigation and a BeatsAudio sound system. The SEL also gets the larger and more functional VW Digital Cockpit Pro. The IQ.Drive suite of advanced safety features is topped off with adaptive cruise control, a dynamic road sign display, automatic high beams, parking distance control, travel assist, lane assist, and emergency assist.
Standard Features and Options
The base S has 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights with a coming/leaving home feature, black rooftop rails, cloth seats, a rearview camera, two front USB-C data ports, push-button ignition, the VW Digital Cockpit, and a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat. The SE moves up to 18-inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails, simulated-leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, keyless entry, remote start, a power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, one rear USB-C charging port, and a wireless smartphone charger. The loaded SEL has blacked-out 18-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive front lighting system, an illuminated grille, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery, and a more customizable version of the Digital Cockpit (Digital Cockpit Pro).
Safety and Technology
There are quite a few advanced driver aids in the 2022 VW Taos. The S has an intelligent crash-response system that, in the event of a collision, will automatically turn off the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and activate the hazard lights. It also receives an automatic post-collision braking system to slow the vehicle down after a collision to minimize the chance of an additional impact. The SE has additional driver-assist features: blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision warning with pedestrian monitoring and automatic emergency braking. The SEL includes adaptive cruise control, a dynamic road sign display, automatic high beams, park distance control, travel assist, lane assist, and emergency assist.
The undeniably modern ’22 Taos has excellent features for keeping its occupants entertained and connected. The S gets an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, App-Connect (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Bluetooth technology with audio streaming, and Car-Net remote services. The SE receives an 8-inch touchscreen with voice recognition, satellite radio, and wireless App-Connect, while the SEL gains a top-end BeatsAudio system and navigation.