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2023 1.5T S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $24,155
2023 1.5T S 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $26,495
2023 1.5T S 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION (Disc.) Price:   -  From $26,495
2023 1.5T SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $28,925
2023 1.5T SE 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $30,375
2023 1.5T SE 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION (Disc.) Price:   -  From $30,375
2023 1.5T SEL 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION Price:   -  From $34,535
2023 1.5T SEL 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MOTION (Disc.) Price:   -  From $34,535
Expert Rating
2.5 (Fair)

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: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

For the 2023 model year, Volkswagen has updated the Taos’ list of standard safety features. The SE trim now comes with VW’s IQ.DRIVE suite of advanced safety features. The suite makes the Taos more competitive in the subcompact segment. The base S trim adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and pedestrian detection as standard.

Beyond the addition of IQ.DRIVE, the 2023 Taos arrives as a carryover model with few changes.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Taos

Volkswagen offers the Taos in three trims: S, SE, and SEL. Pricing ranges from $30,615 to $35,830 (with destination).

Engine Choices

The Taos is only available with one engine. Every model comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and routes power to the front wheels. Models with all-wheel drive get a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

All-wheel drive is available on the base S for $2,340 and $1,450 for the SE. Taos models with FWD can get up to 31 mpg combined, while AWD models are rated at up to 28 mpg combined.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The subcompact Taos offers seating for up to five people and is one of the roomier options in the class. The Taos also has a large cargo area with 28 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 66 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

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Safety Features

The base S trim now comes with a decent list of standard safety features. The trim comes with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.

The IQ.DRIVE suite costs $995 and includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam assist, and automatic emergency steering. The IQ.DRIVE suite is standard on the SE and SEL trims.

Connectivity

Every Taos comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, four audio speakers, and two USB ports. Moving up to the SE adds an 8-inch touchscreen, a rear USB port, six audio speakers, a wireless charging pad, and satellite radio. The SEL comes with a Beats audio system with eight speakers, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster with VW’s Digital Cockpit Pro system, and navigation.

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2023 Volkswagen Taos S – MSRP From $30,615

The base S trim comes standard with LED exterior lighting, roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, manual climate control, manually adjustable front seats, and a leatherette-wrapped steering wheel.

2023 Volkswagen Taos SE – MSRP From $35,830

The SE trim includes 18-inch wheels, heated washer nozzles, heated exterior mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, CloudTex upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats.

A panoramic sunroof costs $1,200, while 18-inch black wheels are $395.

2023 Volkswagen Taos SEL – MSRP From $35,830

The range-topping SEL comes with adaptive headlights, a sunroof, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and parking sensors.

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CarsDirect Tip

With Volkswagen’s IQ.DRIVE now coming as standard equipment on the SE, that’s the trim we recommend. Beyond safety features, it comes well-equipped with an attractive list of convenience and tech features at a reasonable price.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Rides comfortably
  • Good internal space
  • Decent fuel economy
  • Higher trims are well equipped
Cons
  • S trim is too basic
  • Higher trims are too expensive
  • Safety is questionable
  • Lackluster performance
Expert Rating
2.5 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Taos theory. With an SUV range that already features the Atlas, Tiguan, and ID.4, it’s hard to see where Volkswagen’s Taos fits in. In price, it roughly mirrors the bigger Tiguan, but in size, it’s closer to the ID.4, albeit lacking the latter’s electrification. The theory is presumably that people might buy a Taos over a Golf, though it’s impossible to imagine the Taos going on the sort of 38-year sales run its hatchback sibling has achieved.

What we have here, then, is a car without much focus. And it shows. The design is a cookie-cutter VW SUV, both inside and out. In some respects, that’s a positive – there’s plenty of space inside, and the styling is mildly handsome in a Honey-I-Shrunk-The-Tiguan way. Yet it’s also a negative – this car does nothing especially well, and it falls short in a few key areas.

Notable shortcomings. SUVs are synonymous with safety, so it’s disappointing that the Taos doesn’t match today’s industry standards. It received a rare four-star NHTSA score, and the IIHS even gave it an “acceptable” score on one of its tests, which is the definition of damning with faint praise. It’s worth noting the 2023 Taos now has automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts, while SE models receive adaptive cruise for the first time.

Despite only being launched in 2020, Taos’s infotainment system is also behind the times. Entry-level S models have a 6.5-inch touchscreen surrounded by swathes of black plastic, though it does have smartphone mirroring. SE models benefit from an eight-inch screen, though even this is hardly impressive when rivals offer far bigger displays. It’s hard to escape the sense that the Taos has been built down to a budget, though this can be partially rectified on S models with a $995 options pack combining adaptive cruise, a heated steering wheel, and synthetic leather seating. Throw in SEL’s Beats audio system and leather seating, and the Taos costs over $35,000, which seems unduly expensive.

2022 Volkswagen Taos Interior

Modest performance. Like its specifications, the Taos’s performance is satisfactory rather than impressive. A 1.5-liter turbocharged gas engine is mated with an eight-speed automatic in front-drive models, with a seven-speed dual-clutch box in AWD models. The latter offer superior ride and handling thanks to more sophisticated suspension, while performance is good enough as long as you’re not attempting a tight overtaking maneuver. Don’t expect to have much fun when the straights run out, either – the steering is artificial and requires constant corrections at higher speeds, though it’s nimble enough around town.

The fuel economy is good without being exceptional. You get combined figures of 28 MPG from AWD models, rising to 31 in FWD guise. In terms of long-term savings, VW’s four-year/50,000-mile warranty deserves note, especially since two years of free maintenance is included.

A comfortable companion. Handling may not be worth writing home about, but the ride is one area where the small VW performs well. In many respects, it’s a nicer vehicle to sit in than to drive. Rear seat passengers in particular benefit from almost 38 inches of legroom, and the view through the rear side windows is fine even for small children, unlike more stylish competitors. You can fit three back here, but two will be able to luxuriate. Oddly (and unusually), the front seats in S models are less supportive than those in the back, but SE and above receive front power adjustment, which helps. Materials aren’t always the best, but the build quality is hard to fault and the chunky climate dials are reassuring to use. Contrasting seat/dash/door panels help to relieve the sea-of-grey cabin aesthetic, and they’re highly recommended for this reason.

The Taos’s trunk offers 28 cubic feet of capacity, expanding to around 66 with the seatbacks down. AWD models lose a little bit of storage due to their revised suspension, but they’re still spacious and practical.

Final thoughts. The Taos isn’t a bad car in any respect, nor is it an impressive one. In terms of safety, performance, and (in S guise) infotainment, it’s a long way off the pace. Higher trims address some of these concerns but not all of them, and the value benefit of a relatively cheap SUV is lost. If you’ve got $35,000 to spend on a Taos SEL, why not buy a Tiguan SE and own a bigger, better vehicle with a couple of grand left in the bank?

Ultimately, its siblings are Taos’s downfall. The Golf is far more rewarding to drive, the Tiguan offers more space for broadly similar money, and the ID.4 showcases an electric future while the Taos isn’t even a mild hybrid. We simply can’t think of a situation where the Taos would be the best VW to park on your drive. For that reason, it’s best avoided.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 158 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd Tiptronic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
28 / 36 / 32 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-4 / 158 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
28 / 36 / 32 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
65.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
100 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
175.8 "
Exterior Width
72.5 "
Exterior Height
64.4 "
Front Headroom
40.7 "
Rear Headroom
39.8 "
Front Legroom
40.1 "
Rear Legroom
37.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,181 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
18.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Front Assist (forward Collision Warning And Autonomous Emergency Braking) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot / Active Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Assist (lane Keeping System) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrian Monitoring Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Light Assist (high Beam Control For Headlights) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 20,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

Used 2023 Volkswagen Taos for Sale

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Volkswagen
1.5T S
Color: Black
Price

$19,876

Mileage

12,715 mi

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STG Auto Group of Bellflower (15 mi)

Phone: (562) 302-4744
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1.5T S
Color: Silver
Price

$20,300

Mileage

14,769 mi

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STG Auto Group of Bellflower (15 mi)

Phone: (562) 302-4744
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1.5T S
Color: Gray
Price

$20,775

Mileage

16,443 mi

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Phone: (714) 590-4000
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1.5T S
Color: Silver
Price

$21,498

Mileage

6,850 mi

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Volkswagen of Garden Grove (29 mi)

Phone: (714) 590-4000
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