The Taos is a brand-new addition to Volkswagen’s vehicle lineup for the 2022 model year. This all-new subcompact crossover SUV is the smallest and most affordable SUV in Volkswagen’s current lineup. 

Available in the United States as of early summer 2021, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos has already proven itself to be a popular model—which is especially impressive considering the high level of competition in the crossover SUV segment on the current mainstream auto market. When it debuted on the U.S. auto market, this subcompact crossover SUV was released as an entry-level model that is designed to be accessible and appealing to a wide range of drivers. 

The new VW Taos is a high-performing, affordable model with modern styling inside and out and a variety of high-tech infotainment and safety features that modernize this entry-level subcompact crossover SUV. If you are in the market for a subcompact crossover SUV, keep reading to learn more about the all-new 2022 Taos SUV from Volkswagen. 

Customizable Drive Performance 

The VW Taos has only one engine option, but its drive performance is very customizable. All 2022 Taos models come equipped with a turbocharged 1.5-L four-cylinder engine that generates 158 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque on the road. 

All 2022 Taos models can also be equipped with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Taos models that are equipped with front-wheel drive have an eight-speed automatic transmission and a torsion-beam rear suspension, while Taos models that are equipped with all-wheel drive have a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a multilink rear suspension. 17-inch wheels come standard for the 2022 Taos, but larger 18-inch and 19-inch wheels are available options. 

The Taos subcompact crossover performs very well on the road. Taos drivers can customize their all-new crossover’s drive performance to be speedier and more athletic with all-wheel drive and larger wheels, but handling for the Taos is responsive and smooth and this subcompact crossover SUV also offers a quiet ride on the road.

Modern Interior 

The interior design of the 2022 Taos subcompact crossover SUV is simple and minimalist with styling that gives it a modern appearance to help it fit in with other all-new SUVs within its vehicle segment.

2022 Taos interior

2022 Taos interior

The cabin of the crossover SUV is spacious and open and is made with premium materials that give it a more upscale look and feel. Standard two-tone cloth seats make every 2022 Taos model look unique and modern, and leatherette and leather upholstery options are also available for this subcompact crossover SUV. 

Other modern features of the Taos’ cabin include a dual-zone climate control system, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, ambient lighting, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and a panoramic sunroof. 

High-Tech Infotainment and Safety Features 

The new Taos comes equipped with a variety of high-tech infotainment and safety features that increase the value of this entry-level subcompact crossover SUV. All 2022 Taos models come standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display, but a larger upgraded 8.0-inch display is an available feature. 

Other available infotainment features for the crossover include an eight-speaker premium stereo system, a built-in navigation system, wireless smartphone charging capability, and more. Plus, every 2022 Taos model comes with a fully digital gauge cluster. 

As for safety tech, the 2022 Taos is available with multiple advanced safety and driver-assistance features. Automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control are all available for all models of the 2022 Taos. 

Affordable Price 

The 2022 VW Taos is designed specifically to be an entry-level model in the subcompact crossover SUV segment, so it makes sense that this all-new SUV model from Volkswagen is available at an affordable starting price. The Taos is available in three different trim levels—the base S trim level, the mid-tier SE trim level, and the top-tier SEL trim level.

Starting prices—including destination charges—for the three available trim levels of the new Taos are $24,190 for the Taos S, $28,440 for the Taos SE, and $32,685 for the Taos SEL. These starting prices make the 2022 Taos one of the more affordable upscale subcompact crossover SUVs that is currently available on the mainstream auto market in the United States.