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Steve Says “Here’s Why VW Should Sell A Ton Of These 2022 Taos”

  The Tiguan and Atlas now have a little brother.  The 2022 Taos is a subcompact SUV though one that’s smartly packaged to maintain sizable interior proportions.  Now, I’ve been running this little guy all over the place this week – through the mountains of New England, taking it on day trips, etc. and it’s clear: VW has yet another winner in their growing SUV stable.

The Taos is one of the most pleasant surprises to come across my test drive schedule this year.  It performs far above its $33,000 as-tested price by exceeding expectations in nearly every area.  The drive is spot-on VW with dynamic characteristics on par with the Golf.  The Audi-like tech features have me double checking the sticker price and all of the intangibles just click; it looks good as you approach it, it’s accommodating to its passengers and the size is perfect for day trips and running errands.
I’ve averaged over 32mpg on regular to boot though VW recommends using 91 octane to achieve the engine’s full power.  If you don’t need the Tiguan’s bigger cargo area the Taos is a no-brainer.  Even so, with the 2nd-row seats folded flat and locked in place the Taos’ max cargo volume is nearly identical to that of the Tiguan’s.  Where the Tiguan gains an advantage is cargo volume behind the 2nd row.
And what if I told you this one actually has more rear-seat legroom?  I also love the shopping bag hooks back here which can each hold 5 pounds. Unlike in the Tiguan and Atlas there’s no R-Line available here so this SEL trim serves as the highest Taos example and everything you see here – other than the floor mats – comes standard for $33,185; that’s quite the attractive price when you consider all that the Taos is.
The only notable option my tester doesn’t have is the $1,200 panoramic sunroof.  And if you were thinking of adding a hitch the Taos is not designed for towing a trailer.  But this SUV is a real delight.  VW should sell a ton of these and it’s easy to see why.

For TestDriveNow car critic Steve Hammes’ complete video review & test drive of the 2022 VW Taos go HERE

 

By TestDriveNow Car Critic Steve Hammes for SouthFloridaReporter.comDec. 5, 2021

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