The new Volkswagen Taos is now available in dealerships across the U.S., where it starts at $24,190.
The Taos is the smallest of VW’s four SUV models available in the U.S., and it’s a close relative to the popular Tiguan. Unlike the 3-row Tiguan, however, the Taos comes only as a 5-seater. The Taos measures about 9.3 inches shorter than its sibling and at about 176 inches between its bumpers, it squares off against other small 5-seat SUVs such as the Hyundai Tucson and Jeep Compass.
Underhood, the Taos makes use of a new 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which puts out 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. No hybrid or electric version is available. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. Uniquely, front-wheel-drive versions use an 8-speed automatic transmission but a less-sophisticated torsion-beam rear axle, while all-wheel-drive Taos SUVs swap in a more advanced multi-link rear suspension and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT).
The Taos is offered in three trim levels, with all-wheel drive adding between $1,400 and $2,000 depending on the version.
Base Taos S models are fitted with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, plus cloth seats and 17-inch alloy wheels. The SE adds larger wheels, automatic emergency braking, leatherette/cloth upholstery, and an 8-inch touchscreen. Range-topping SEL versions swap in leather seats, navigation, and wheels as large as 19-inches, and they top out at about $35,000 with the optional panoramic sunroof. Find a Volkswagen Taos for sale