2022 Volkswagen Taos MPG Ratings
Volkswagen continues to lead the automobile industry in manufacturing fun-to-drive vehicles for every segment. In the 1990s, they coined the term “farhvergnugen,” which derives from the German word “fahren” (“to drive”) and “vergnugen” (“pleasure”). It translates to “driving pleasure,” and the 2022 Volkswagen Taos delivers.
Suppose you’re looking for a capable, spirited, compact SUV to elevate your Streetsboro commute. In that case, the Taos offers the perfect balance of efficiency and drivability not typically found in this very competitive vehicle segment. As a new model, we thought we’d have our SUV experts break down the VW Taos to help you better understand what makes the Taos the logical choice as your next vehicle.
2022 Volkswagen Taos Fuel Economy Ratings
The VW Taos has the best fuel economy ratings in its class thanks to its 1.5-liter engine and compact, lightweight design. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s estimates, the front-wheel-drive model scored ratings of 28 mpg for city driving, 36 mpg when driving on the highway, and 31 mpg combined.
Opting for the all-wheel-drive version, you see a slight drop in fuel efficiency. VW Taos AWD models scored a 25 mpg rating for driving around town, 32 mpg on the freeway, and 28 mpg combined. However, most drivers consider that a good trade for the capability they gain from VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
2022 Volkswagen Taos Powertrain
It may sound small, but the VW Taos’ 1.5-liter engine delivers big performance thanks to its variable geometry turbocharger. This inline four-cylinder engine utilizes turbo stratified injection or TSI technology. TSI combines the power of a turbocharger with the efficiency and performance of direct fuel injection technology.
As a result, a smaller engine can produce more power with minimal fuel consumption. For example, the Taos’ 1.5-liter TSI engine provides 158 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Volkswagen mates an eight-speed automatic transmission to this engine on front-wheel-drive models and the seven-seed dual-clutch with the AWD option.
2022 Volkswagen Taos Performance
In addition to the power and efficiency of the TSI engine, you get a capable front-wheel-drive platform standard on every trim. The 4Motion all-wheel-drive option delivers exceptional performance over various road and weather conditions if you’re searching for more traction and control. VW’s AWD system continuously monitors your Taos’ performance and intelligently delivers power between the axles to maximize your traction.
AWD models also feature the seven-speed automatic with a unique direct shift gearbox. This direct shift gearbox uses two clutches, one to engage the gear you need and the other to prepare the next likely gear for use. As a result, this transmission delivers smooth shifting with more power-on-demand.
In addition, the 4Motion AWD system features selectable drive modes to tune your Taos’s steering, throttle, and suspension to match driving conditions. For example, the Taos engine upshifts earlier in Snow mode, keeping it in a lower RPM range. This early upshift prevents the engine from delivering too much power too quickly to the wheels, enhancing traction.
The On-Road mode features four additional drive settings. Normal, Eco, Sport, and Custom modes enable you to customize your drive for comfort and performance. Off-Road mode dials in your traction and control systems for when you leave the pavement behind. The Off-Road Custom mode lets you customize your steering and AWD settings to your preferences.
2022 Volkswagen Taos Trim Levels and Pricing
Volkswagen offers the Taos in three trim levels, S, SE, and SEL. As you move up in trim, you see additional features. For instance, the base model S comes with exterior equipment such as 17-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and power-operated outside mirrors. The S trim has six-way adjustable front seats and premium cloth upholstery inside. Pricing for the Taos S starts at $23,495.
Moving to the SE model, you upgrade to 18-inch alloy wheels, heated windshield washer nozzles, and heated outside mirrors. You’ll enjoy the eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support inside. Your comfort elevates with the durable, elegant CloudTex upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. The Taos SE MSRP begins at $29,345.
VW’s top-tier SEL trim adds exterior features such as 18-inch black alloy wheels, an adaptive front lighting system, silver roof rails, and a stylish illuminated grille. Inside add-ons include premium leather upholstery, a multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel with heating, an ambient interior lighting system, and the Climatronic automatic dual-zone climate control system. You get all these options at an affordable $32,090 MSRP.
The 2022 Volkswagen Taos proves you don’t have to be big to be bold. A honeycomb grille framed by LED headlights and trapezoidal air intake vents gives the Taos an aggressive front fascia. Taos’ eye-catching profile features square wheel wells and subtle contours. You can add the Basecamp body styling kit with fender flares, side door skid plates, and signature badging for a bolder design. In addition, you can upgrade to 19-inch alloy wheels.
All your in-vehicle tech operates on the 8-inch color touch-screen display. In addition, you get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth technology pre-loaded. These systems allow you to sync your cellphone, access your favorite apps, get navigation instructions, and stream your favorite music.
You also enjoy the VW Digital Cockpit Pro system to customize what you see, from speed and travel time to route guidance and driver-assist systems. Additional tech includes a wireless charging pad, remote start, and the VW Car-Net Wi-Fi hot spot. The myVW app allows you to operate your Taos from anywhere using your cellphone remotely.
An available premium Beats Audio system turns your music into recording studio-quality performances. VW offers IQ.Drive – a suite of driver-assist technologies designed to elevate your Streetsboro commute and help keep you safe. These systems use radar and optical sensors to monitor the road around your Taos and alert you to possible hazards.
At Volkswagen of Streetsboro, we know what drivers want in a compact SUV. That’s why we love the Taos and stock an expansive selection. So, if you’re ready to take your Ohio drive with a stylish and capable SUV, we encourage you to search our inventory online. Then, when you’re prepared for a personal demonstration, you can visit us on Classic Drive and take your favorite Taos for a test drive.