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Which 2022 Volkswagen Taos is Right for You?

Discover which trim of Volkswagen’s newest (and smallest) SUV best fits your needs.

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If you’re asked what’s the most affordable new Volkswagen with a hatchback and answered “Golf,” you’d be wrong. With a starting price under $27,000 in Canada, the all-new 2022 Volkswagen Taos sub-compact SUV is the correct answer, as the new 8th-generation Golf compact hatchback now comes exclusively in the sporty GTI and sportier R trims with prices starting over $30,000.

Slipping under the compact Tiguan and mid-size Atlas, the Taos is the smallest SUV in VW’s current lineup. The only engine choice is an excellent, turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder with 158 horsepower and a healthy 184 pound-feet of torque. The $26,695 base Trendline trim comes with front-wheel-drive (FWD) and an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

Starting at $29,195, available all-wheel-drive (AWD) uses an electro-hydraulic center clutch pack and can send as much as 50 percent of the power to the VW’s rear wheels using a dual-clutch automatic with seven gears. 

The topline AWD $36,695 Highline trim, is for buyers looking for luxury features like ventilated seats or a large sunroof.

Fuel economy for AWD versions of the Taos are rated for an estimated 7.4 L/100 km on the highway and 9.5 in the city, with front-drive models at 6.6/8.4, and regular 87-octane can be used.

Inside, you’ll find the new 5-passenger Taos has an understated but elegant interior. VW’s digital gauges are standard, as are heated front seats, alloy wheels, and the standard 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment is upgradable to VW’s latest infotainment system that features an 8.0-inch screen along with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Given the small size of the Taos, the interior space is excellent. Overall interior volume is only slightly less than the Tiguan. A large adult can easily fit behind a driver of the same height, even when a sunroof is optioned. Behind the rear seat, there are 790 litres of luggage space in the new VW Taos, which increases to 1,866 L when the second row is folded down.

Also note, that every 2022 Taos comes with a 4-year/80,000-km factory warranty. That’s more comprehensive than most mainstream-brand rivals like the Kia Seltos, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-30, Subaru Crosstrek, or the new-for-2022 Toyota Corolla Cross.

 

To help you decide which trim level of VW's sub-compact SUV is just right for you, here's a breakdown of its prices, features, and equipment:

2022 Volkswagen Taos Trendline - Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price $26,695 CAD

Key standard Trendline features include:

  • 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder gas engine
  • 8-speed automatic transmission/Tiptronic
  • Front-wheel-drive
  • Keyless access/push-start button
  • VW Digital Cockpit/8-inch instrument cluster
  • LED headlights/LED daytime running lights
  • Black roof rails
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated front seats

 

2022 Volkswagen Taos Comfortline - Starting MSRP $32,395 CAD

Adds or replaces Trendline features:

  • 7-speed automatic transmission DSG/Tiptronic
  • All-wheel-drive
  • Front Assist/Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Monitor/Rear Traffic Alert
  • Wireless App-Connect smartphone integration/Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • 8-way power driver’s seat/power recline
  • Leatherette seating surfaces

 

2022 Volkswagen Taos Highline - Starting MSRP $36,695 CAD

Adds or replaces Comfortline features:

  • BeatsAudio premium audio system/8-speakers plus subwoofer
  • VW Digital Cockpit Pro/10.25-inch configurable instrument cluster
  • Satellite navigation
  • Panoramic power sunroof
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Interior ambient lighting/customisable up to 10 colours
     
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