2022 Volkswagen Taos: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - October 16, 2020

Model Preview

Volkswagen continues to grow its crossover lineup with the all-new compact 2022 Taos, which will sit just below the Tiguan. Here’s what to expect from this new compact crossover.

On the outside, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos will boast the simple, familiar, drama-free design VW’s known for. It’ll feature a wide grille, Atlas Cross Sport-like LED signature lighting, an LED-lighted grille, a strong character line down each side, squared wheel arches, and a slight forward lean to its rear hatch. At the corners will be 17-, 18-, or 19-inch wheels – the 17-inch rollers will be standard.

The 2022 Taos will measure 175.8 inches long, making it 9.3 inches shorter than the Tiguan, 72.5 inches wide, and 64.4 inches tall.

Inside, the 2022 Taos will continue with its simple VW design that’ll include a thin instrument panel for an airy feel, a flat-bottom steering wheel, tasteful gloss-black accents, two-tone seating, a simple center stack design, and more. It also gets some premium goodies in top trim levels, including a French Roast and black color combination and upscale materials. This cabin will also be relatively spacy with 28.1 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats upright, 66.3 cubes of space with the rear seats folded, and 37.9 inches of rear leg room.

The 2022 VW Taos will include a generous array of standard interior amenities and features. The standard features list will include keyless ignition, an eight-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a heated leatherette steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more. Available features will include wireless Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 10-color ambient lighting, wireless charging, an eight-speaker BeatsAudio sound system, and more.

Volkswagen Taos

Powering the 2022 VW Taos will be a 1.5-liter EA211 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’ll deliver 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine will pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive will be optional and will include a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The 2022 Taos will have VW’s IQ DRIVE suite of safety gear available across the entire lineup. This suite will include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitors, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, high-beam assist, and more.

Pricing & Release Date

Volkswagen expects to have the 2022 Taos in showrooms in the summer of 2021.

The 2022 VW Taos will come in three trim levels, S, SE, and SEL. Official pricing isn’t available, but it’ll start lower than the current Tiguan, which ranges from $25,965 to $39,815 (destination fees included).

This small crossover will battle the Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, and Toyota C-HR.

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