The Taos arrives in Canadian showrooms this July.
Pricing starts at $22,995 in the US.
4Motion AWD will be available.
The powertrain will include a turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine.
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos was officially introduced last October. Its arrival is bitter-sweet as the subcompact SUV essentially replaces the Golf in Volkswagen’s North American lineup. Although this may be the case, the new Taos, priced at $26,695, is nearly $4,000 more than the 2021 base compact hatchback.
North America’s insatiable thirst for SUVs should minimally equate to some sales success. At the very least, the Taos should quickly match and surpass Golf sales within a few model years. The new 2022 Volkswagen Taos is designed to pique interest and equipped to hold it. In typical current VW fashion, the Taos, like the updated 2021 Atlas and the new Atlas Cross Sport, is distinctly styled with now signature LED lighting and clean lines.
The cabin is, according to Volkswagen, quite spacious for a vehicle its size. Truck space is said to be 790 litres behind the second row while total passenger volume is rated at 2,817 litres, or only 45 fewer than the Tiguan. Standard features include VW’s Digital Cockpit as is App-Connect smartphone integration with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink.
Powering the Taos will be a turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The base Trendline will be FWD and feature an 8-speed automatic transmission. With the available 4Motion AWD system, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels.
Here’s a trim breakdown:
$26,695 with FWD, $29,195 with 4Motion AWD. It includes 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; LED headlights, taillights, and Daytime Running Lights (DRLs); push-button start; 6.5- inch touchscreen and four-speaker sound system; Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices and a USB-C port; automatic headlights; two-tone cloth seating with heated front seats; heated washer nozzles and side mirrors; a multi-function steering wheel; hill hold assist; engine start/stop system; black roof rails; 60/40 split-folding rear seats with centre armrest and pass-through; and a rearview camera.
$32,395 with 4Motion AWD. Standard features include: Front Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking; Blind Spot Monitor with rear traffic alert; 8-inch MIB3 infotainment with voice control and six-speaker sound system; wireless phone charging; wireless App-Connect; three USB-C ports; SiriusXM® satellite radio (three-month trial); two-tone leatherette seating surfaces; 8-way driver power seat with adjustable lumbar support; dual-zone Climatronic® climate control; multifunction steering wheel wrapped in leatherette; KESSY keyless access; privacy glass; silver roof rails; and body-coloured side mirrors.
There’s a single options package that includes 18-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic power sunroof for $1,500.
$36,695 with 4Motion AWD. Includes: 18-inch alloy wheels; Dynamic Signature LED headlights with cornering lights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS); Light Assist high beam control; an illuminated grille; MIB3 infotainment with navigation; leather seating surfaces; heated and ventilated front sports seats; a panoramic power sunroof; BeatsAudio® 8-speaker premium sound system; 10-colour ambient lighting; auto-dimming rearview mirror; park distance control (rear); rain-sensing wipers; and a heated leatherette steering wheel.
The optional Advanced Driver Assistance Systems package includes: Dynamic Road Sign Display; Lane Assist (Lane-keeping system) with Traffic Jam and Emergency Assist; Remote start and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go. The package is priced at $1,000.
19-inch alloy wheels are available for $500.