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Volkswagen has streamlined its feature sets for the 2024 Taos into three trim levels: S, SE, and SEL. While the standard drivetrain for the S and SE is front-wheel drive (FWD), their powertrain consists of a turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI 4-cylinder engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Taos SEL comes equipped with Volkswagen’s 4MOTION AWD, and its powertrain has the same, 2.0-liter TSI 4-cylinder turbo; however, it’s paired with a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. Also, every ‘24 Taos trim level can upgrade to this available powertrain and its corresponding 4MOTION AWD drivetrain. No matter which option you choose, the Taos performance ratings remain the same: 158 horsepower, 184 lb.-ft. of torque, and EPA fuel economy estimates of 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
There are very few entry-level crossovers that offer a heated steering wheel, but the 2024 Taos S does just that with its leatherette-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel; it’s paired with a leather-wrapped gearshift knob. The cabin also showcases the VW Digital Cockpit, a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, seats upholstered in a mix of CloudTex and cloth, push-button ignition, and versatile storage opportunities thanks to a 60/40 split-folding rear seat with a pass-through. The S trim’s exterior has automatic LED headlights and LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, black roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, foldable power-adjustable side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a coming/leaving home feature (an extension of the headlight system that can help light your path to and from the vehicle).
More premium CloudTex upholstery is used throughout the SE’s interior, along with features like heated front seats, an 8-way power adjustable driver seat, a larger (8-inch) infotainment touchscreen, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The SE’s exterior upgrades to 18-inch alloy wheels, changes from black to silver roof rails, and gains the following features: heated side mirrors, heated washer nozzles, and remote engine start.
Inside the SEL cabin you will find leather seating surfaces, heated and ventilated front seats, the VW Digital Cockpit with a 10.25-inch configurable display, ambient interior lighting, and an illuminated cargo area with a 12V power port. The SEL changes in outward appearance with 19-inch alloy wheels, a power tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof, an integrated LED light bar within the grille, and an adaptive front lighting system (AFS) with dynamic cornering lights.
Even at the S base trim level, the 2024 Taos comes loaded with Volkswagen IQ.DRIVE safety technologies such as adaptive cruise control, a blind spot monitor, travel assist (lane assist and emergency assist), rear traffic alert, light assist high beam control, and front assist, which includes forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring. While the Taos SE carries the same driver assistance features as the S trim, the SEL adds park distance control and road sign display, which can alert drivers about speed limits and restrictions on passing.
The 2024 Volkswagen Taos keeps its occupants well connected thanks to a host of wired and wireless features. The S trim comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen for stereo and infotainment controls, two USB-C ports up front, Bluetooth technology with audio streaming, App-Connect smartphone integration, and myVW with connected vehicle services from Car-Net. The SE upgrades to an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen and adds wireless charging, SiriusXM (3-month trial subscription), and a rear USB-C charging port. A BeatsAudio sound system can be found in the top-of-the-line SEL along with enhanced navigation features.
All trim levels include the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, a high-resolution screen that displays vehicle information such as fuel economy and navigation. The S and SE trims have an 8-inch screen, while the SEL trim has a configurable 10.25-inch screen.