Americans have been moving away from sedans as compact and subcompact SUVs become increasingly popular at dealers like the Paso Robles Volkswagen dealer. As a result, Volkswagen has introduced the 2022 Volkswagen Taos into its lineup. This subcompact crossover is smaller than the VW Tiguan. It stands ready to compete with the Mazda CX-30 and Honda HR-V.
Volkswagen Taos Trim Levels
According to the Paso Robles VW dealer, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos is available in three trims levels: S, SE and SEL. All models are motivated by a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine good for 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Buyers can choose between standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. Front-wheel-drive models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Choose the available all-wheel drive, and you’ll get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a more advanced rear suspension. The 2022 Taos gets EPA-estimated fuel economy up to 28 mpg city/36 mpg highway.*
Volkswagen Taos S
The base Taos S trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat, push-button start, LED headlights, roof rails, a rearview camera, a digital instrument display, Volkswagen’s MIB infotainment system with a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and USB ports.
The S trim has an available IQ Drive package that features emergency assistance lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision mitigation, and a blind-spot monitor.
The S and SE trims get Travel Assist as an option. Travel Assist is a semi-automated driving-assist feature that uses the lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control systems. Drivers can activate Travel Assist by way of a steering-wheel-mounted button. This feature is standard on the upper SEL trim.
Volkswagen Taos SE
Move up to the SE trim, and you’ll get 18-inch alloy wheels, simulated leather seat trim with cloth inserts, remote engine start, hands-free keyless entry, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, more USB ports, and wireless smartphone charging.
Standard driver-assist features include pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.
The Taos SE also has an optional IQ Drive package that adds the features of the S trim’s IQ Drive package that aren’t standard on the SE.
Volkswagen Taos SEL
The range-topping SEL trim comes with black 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, an illuminated grille bar, ambient interior lighting, rain-sensing wipers, leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, rear parking sensors, a larger digital instrument display, a premium BeatsAudio stereo system with eight speakers, a navigation system, and traffic sign recognition. All-wheel-drive models add 19-inch alloy wheels and ventilated front seats. The Taos SEL gets all the IQ Drive’s features standard.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.