Mini Tiguan: Volkswagen Unveils 2022 Taos Subcompact SUV
Slotting below the Tiguan in the Brand's SUV lineup, VW's newest addition to its SUV lineup will go on sale in the Spring of 2021.
The subcompact SUV is one of the most popular vehicle segments in North America, and every brand wants in on the action. A few weeks ago, we reported that Volkswagen would be naming its entry into the subcompact SUV segment the Taos, and VW has officially unveiled the all-new 2022 Taos, which will join VW's successful SUV lineup (which currently consists of the compact Tiguan and midsize Atlas Cross Sport and Atlas) in the Spring of 2021. Read on to find out more about the all-new 2022 VW Taos, including trim level availability and features. NOTE: Any and all pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes, or other fees.
Built on Volkswagen Group's hugely-successful MQB Platform, the all-new 2022 VW Taos takes styling cues from its three larger SUV's, the compact Tiguan and mid-size Atlas Cross Sport and Atlas, while introducing slightly more rugged styling to appeal towards younger buyers. The front grille features a different upper portion than its siblings, and a mesh lower opening that's surrounded by a silver-painted front skid plate. Large air curtains integrated into the front bumper are taken from VW's other SUV's, and the entire vehicle sports a similar exterior design to the larger Tiguan. Looking from the rear, it's slightly difficult to tell the Taos apart from its Tiguan sibling, as the rear liftgate contains no badging other than the VW emblem (which is also the new VW emblem (also on the front grille) that debuted with the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport), although the Taos features a silver-painted rear skid plate integrated into the rear bumper, as well as trapezoidal dual outlets for the exhaust system. Top trim levels of the Taos will feature VW's Active Front-Lighting System (known as "AFS"), with LED front headlamps. Aluminum-alloy wheels and tires range in size from seventeen-inch (17") to nineteen-inch (19") units, and a dual-pane panoramic moonroof is optional on select trims as well.
Moving on the interior of the all-new 2022 VW Taos, you'll notice an interior that's similar to that of the newly-introduced 2022 VW Atlas Cross Sport. VW's newest "MIB III" touchscreen infotainment systems come standard in every Taos trim level, which include wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration via VW CarNet App Connect (wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with an eight-inch (8.0") touchscreen display come standard on upper trim levels as well). Unlike VW's larger SUV's, the Taos will include the reconfigurable full-color Digital Cockpit LCD instrument cluster as standard equipment on every trim level. The steering wheel is taken directly from the Atlas Cross Sport, and features the new VW logo. A two-tone interior color combination will come standard on every Taos, adding to its rugged appeal, with cloth, VW "V-Tex" perforated leatherette, or perforated luxury leather trim being available depending upon the trim level selected. SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 360L and a paid trial subscription, VW CarNet Services with 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity (also with a paid trial subscription), and HD Radio are also included on upper trim levels, while integrated GPS navigation (which can display on the Digital Cockpit instrument cluster) is optional as well. Automatic front headlamps and keyless entry with a push-button ignition are both standard equipment on all Taos trims, with upper trims also offering an eight-way, power-adjustable front driver's seat, VW's "KESSY" System (Keyless Entry (and) Start System), ten-color LED ambient interior lighting, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, dual heated and ventilated front bucket seats, rain-sensitive front windshield wipers, a heated leatherette-wrapped steering wheel, and an eight-speaker Beats Audio premium audio system with an external amplifier are available on those trims as well.
While the all-new 2022 VW Taos has an impressive exterior and interior with plenty of amenities to please even the most budget-conscious buyers, the Brand also packed its new subcompact SUV with plenty of standard safety equipment. These features, a part of VW's new IQ-DRIVE suite of driver assistance technologies, include forward collision warning with autonomous front emergency braking, an active blind-spot monitor, active lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control with "Stop-and-Go", Travel Assist, and Emergency Assist. As mentioned, the Adaptive Front-Lighting System ("AFS") is available on upper trim levels of the Taos, as is a rear park-distance control system.
The all-new 2022 VW Taos introduces an all-new engine: a 1.5L turbocharged gasoline Inline Four-Cylinder (I4) engine that's part of the "EA211" engine family, and produces 158 horsepower and 184 lb. ft. of torque. While both Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and VW's "4MOTION" All Wheel Drive (AWD) system are both available, the FWD Taos receives an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the 4MOTION AWD Taos gets the seven-speed Dual-Clutch automatic (DSG) transmission. VW says that the 1.5T engine will make its way into a refreshed Mk. VII Jetta compact sedan to debut in the future.
VW will begin production of the all-new 2022 Taos at its Puebla, Mexico Assembly Plant in early 2021, where it will share production with the related Jetta compact sedan. While pricing information isn't initially available, there will be three trim levels of the all-new 2022 Taos available: base S, mid-level SE, and range-topping SEL. A Front Wheel Drive (FWD) S model with no additional options or packages should retail for around $23,000, while a range-topping 4MOTION All Wheel Drive (AWD) SEL model with every available option and package should retail for close to $30,000. The VW Taos will compete with other subcompact SUVs such as the Buick Encore, Buick Encore GX, all-new Chevrolet (Chevy) Trailblazer, Chevrolet (Chevy) Trax, Fiat 500X, Hyundai Venue, Hyundai Kona, Jeep Renegade, all-new Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-30, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Nissan Kicks, Subaru XV CrossTrek, and Toyota CH-R. The all-new 2022 VW Taos will arrive at VW dealerships nationwide in the Spring of 2021. What do you think of the all-new 2022 VW Taos subcompact SUV? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!