2022 Volkswagen Taos: Small SUV has Atlas face, Tharu body

Built in Mexico, and based on car that debut in China, the Volkswagen Taos is a badly needed SUV to sit below the Tiguan in size and price.

In the US, the Tharu is only available with a 1.5 turbo I4 with 118kW (158hp) and 249Nm (184 lb-ft), with either an 8-speed auto (FWD) or 7-speed DCT (AWD).

Standard features include digital instrumentation, automatic headlights and push-button start.

Available features include keyless entry, 8″ touchscreen, 8-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a heated leatherette steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated side mirrors, heated washer nozzles, 10-color ambient lighting, and 10-speaker Beats sound system.

Available safety features include Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Braking, Active Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keeping System, Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop and Go, Travel Assist, Emergency Assist, High Beam Control, the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), and Park Distance Control.

On sale summer 2021.


Length: 175.8″ | 4,465mm
Width: 72.5″ | 1,842mm
Height: 64.4″ | 1,636mm
Wheelbase: 105.9″ | 2,690mm

Trunk space: 28.1 cu-ft | 796L
Trunk space (second row down): 66.3 cu-ft | 1,877L