Keen readers will be aware that the compact SUV market is booming. Among so many options – including many from Volkswagen – the Taos comes in a very competitive MSRP of $ 22,995. Stepping into the United States as a replacement for the base Golf, the new vehicle has bigger shoes to fill.
Under the hood, all trim levels – S, SE, and SEL – will receive the same 158-horsepower (118-kW) turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. While fuel economy figures are not available, the closest comparison in Volkswagen’s lineup will be the Jetta’s turbocharged 1.4-liter unit, which will be a respectable 30 mph per gallon in the city and 40 mph on the highway.
Taos will come with standard front-wheel-drive as standard, but customers will have the option to specify a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. While the FWD model will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, AWD vehicles will get a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch unit.
On the inside, Taos offers Volkswagen’s digital cockpit instrument cluster as a standard. Buyers will also get the car-net facility of the German automaker when subscribed to the data plan. Music lovers will be happy to hear that the SUV can be taken with the eight-speaker BeatsAudio sound system. For seamless car-to-phone integration, the MIB3 infotainment system – available with a mid-level SE trim – allows VW wireless app-connect for compatible devices.
Details remain sparse, but the compact SUV is set to reach US dealerships in June of 2021. Until then, feel free to have your own Brett Evans check out the German automaker’s pre-production examples of the newest and smallest SUVs.