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Trims, Powertrain, and Performance

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.

S

Among the S trim’s most prominent features, you’ll find a heated steering wheel wrapped in leatherette material, a leather-wrapped shift knob, upholstery in a combination of cloth and CloudTex, push-button ignition, the 8-inch VW Digital Cockpit, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback with a center armrest and pass-through. On the exterior, look for roof rails, automatic LED headlights and LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, folding power-adjustable side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and the Coming/Leaving Home feature, an extension of the headlight system that illuminates your path to and from the vehicle.

Volkswagen keeps the occupants of this base trim well connected with a multimedia system that has a 6.5-inch touchscreen, two front-row USB-C ports, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, App-Connect smartphone integration, and access to myVW with connected vehicle services from Car-Net. The IQ.DRIVE safety suite is also installed, bundling adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, Travel Assist (lane assist and emergency assist), Light Assist (automatic high beams), and Front Assist, which includes forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian monitoring.

SE

Remote engine start is standard at this level, allowing you to get the cabin to the desired temperature before you get in. You’ll also find full CloudTex seating surfaces in the SE, along with heated front seats, wireless phone charging, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a rear USB-C charging port. As far as exterior upgrades to help in winter, there are heated side mirrors and heated washer nozzles. The infotainment system gets better with an 8-inch touchscreen and the addition of SiriusXM satellite radio.

SEL

The SEL is the pinnacle of Taos luxury, adding leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, the configurable 10.25-inch VW Digital Cockpit Pro, navigation, a BeatsAudio sound system, ambient interior lighting, and an illuminated cargo area with a 12V power port. Its list of exterior features grows with a power tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof, an integrated LED light bar within the grille, and an adaptive front lighting system (AFS) with dynamic cornering lights. To top it off, it gets front parking sensors and dynamic road sign display, which can alert the driver to the speed limits and restrictions on passing.

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