2022 Volkswagen Taos
Volkswagen has confirmed that they’ll release an all-new subcompact crossover, the Taos, for the 2022 model year. It will slot below the Tiguan and exhibit a lot of the same styling as both that model and the larger Atlas. Underneath the hood, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos will show off a new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This powerplant will make 158 hp and a punchy 184 lb.-ft. of torque that should make it a lot of fun to drive. With the standard front-wheel drivetrain, it’ll get an eight-speed automatic transmission; with optional 4Motion all-wheel drive, the transmission will be a dual-clutch seven speed automatic. FWD and AWD versions will also get different rear suspensions: a torsion beam for the FWD versions and a multi-link for AWD. What’s more, Volkswagen is targeting best-in-class fuel economy for the Taos, but that remains to be seen.
A Well-Rounded Powertrain
Although the 2022 Volkswagen Taos’ engine will be larger and more powerful than the current Jetta’s 1.4-liter, it’ll be significantly more efficient thanks to advanced turbocharger technology known as variable turbine geometry. This greater efficiency is achieved through VW’s modified version of the Miller cycle, wherein the intake valves close early on in the induction stroke to maximize fuel economy. The 2020 VW Jetta returns an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, which is already pretty stellar – so imagine how well received the Taos will be with even better fuel efficiency.
Style in a Small Package
Few will disagree that the 2022 Volkswagen Taos has great style and stands out visually from the rest of the subcompact crossover segment. As mentioned, it takes design inspiration from the Tiguan and the Atlas (and Atlas Cross Sport), with a more sophisticated look than most crossovers, which tend to resemble each other. With an overall length that’s 9.3 inches shorter than the Tiguan, it’ll be well suited for urban areas and tight quarters in general. As a unique and modern touch, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos will have an LED light strip, also seen on the upcoming VW ID.4 EV, that bridges the headlights with the grille-mounted Volkswagen logo.
Practical, Sophisticated and Safe
Despite being a subcompact crossover, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos is surprisingly spacious, offering up 28 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat up and 66 cu. ft. with the rear seat down. Occupants will be comfortable as well in the 99.9 cu. ft. of passenger space.
The interior of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos reflects the outside with the same sleek simplicity. The excellent Digital Cockpit fully digital instrument cluster, an option on the higher trims of other VWs, will be standard on the Taos. Its other standard features consist of a Wi-Fi hotspot, push-button ignition, and a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen (an 8-inch display will be optional). The available options include a panoramic sunroof, two-tone upholstery, leather (for the seats and steering wheel), wireless charging, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and a premium audio system.
Many desirable active safety aids will be offered as part of Volkswagen’s IQ.Drive Package for the S and SE trim levels, but this technology suite will be standard on the SEL. It contains an active blind-spot monitor, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, travel assist, and emergency assist. Other active safety technologies that can be added are parking distance control, high beam assist, and adaptive front lighting.