2022 Volkswagen Taos SE
Class: Subcompact Crossover SUV
Miles pushed: 441
Gasoline used: 14.6 gallons
Actual-world gasoline financial system: 30.2 mpg
Driving combine: 65% metropolis, 35% freeway
EPA-estimated gasoline financial system: 28/36/31 (mpg metropolis, freeway, mixed)
Gasoline kind: Common gasoline
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Consolation||A-|
|Energy and Efficiency||B-|
|Match and End||B-|
|Gasoline Financial system||A|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different autos in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim degree evaluated, and will not mirror Client Information’s impressions of the complete mannequin lineup.|
|Large & Tall Consolation|
|Large & Tall consolation rankings are for entrance seats solely. “Large” ranking primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” ranking primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||158-hp 1.5L|
|Engine Sort||Turbo 4-cylinder|
Base value: $27,245 (not together with $1195 vacation spot cost)
Choices on check car: King’s Pink Metallic paint ($395); panoramic sunroof ($1200), IQ.DRIVE SE Bundle ($895; contains Journey Help semi-autonomous driver-assist system, adaptive cruise management, lane hold help, Emergency Help, blind-spot monitor ), 18-inch black alloy wheels on all-season tires ($395), SE Comfort Bundle (included w/ IQ.DRIVE SE Bundle; provides heated steering wheel, automated high-beam headlights, rain-sensing wipers)
Value as examined: $31,325
The nice: Beneficiant passenger and cargo room inside tidy exterior dimensions, with better-than-expected back-seat area; engaging pricing
The great: Clear styling inside and outside; properly balanced driving dynamics for a crossover SUV; respectable gasoline effectivity
The not so good: Lackluster inside supplies; pretty noisy in freeway driving; some instrumentation/control-interface quirks
Volkswagen’s new-for-2022 subcompact SUV is especially compelling proof of the way in which crossover SUVs are displacing conventional passenger automobiles as Individuals’ commuter autos of selection. The Taos is basically a direct substitute for the discontinued Volkswagen Golf, the mainstream model of which is now not bought in America (solely the high-performance Golf GTI and Golf R fashions stay).
The primary Taos we examined at Client Information was an all-wheel-drive SE (the Taos’ mid-line trim degree) with no non-obligatory gear. This time round, we had a front-wheel-drive SE with a number of choices—sufficient add-ons, actually, that the bottom-line value ended up about $1400 greater than our AWD tester, regardless of the AWD mannequin having a base value that was about $1400 larger.
Along with their larger beginning costs, AWD autos are virtually all the time a bit much less economical than their 2WD siblings. With the Taos, this fuel-economy penalty is notable when it comes to each the EPA’s estimates and the real-world gasoline financial system we noticed throughout our check. The Taos’s sole engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder, and it’s rated at 28 mpg metropolis/36 freeway/31 mixed with front-wheel drive, and 25/32/28 with all-wheel drive. That’s a spot of 2-4 mpg, and the distinction was even larger with our noticed gasoline financial system: We averaged 30.2 mpg even in our front-drive Taos, in comparison with 25.3 mpg in our all-wheel-drive Taos. That’s an enchancment of just about 5 mpg, although we’ll word that our AWD Taos check included a barely larger share of stop-and-go metropolis driving versus more-economical freeway driving: 70 p.c, to be actual, versus 65 p.c with our front-driver.
Along with its higher gasoline financial system, we discovered the front-drive Taos extra nice to drive round city as nicely, as a result of it makes use of a conventional 8-speed automated transmission as a substitute of the 7-speed dual-clutch automated of the AWD Taos. Twin-clutch transmissions typically exhibit a clunky, unrefined really feel when pulling away from a cease and in low-speed driving, and the Taos’s 7-speed positively falls into this class. In truth, it’s one of many clunkiest DCTs we’ve examined in current reminiscence. The front-drive Taos’s 8-speed automated is exceptionally easy and unobtrusive by comparability.
Transmissions, gasoline financial system, and drive wheels apart, the Taos is a likable small SUV that provides glorious passenger and cargo room inside its tidy exterior dimensions—the rear seat is especially spacious for the category. The touchscreen controls have their quirks, and the cabin décor is a bit cut-rate in spots, however Taos costs are fairly aggressive throughout the road contemplating the area on provide. You possibly can take a look at our test-drive overview of the AWD Taos right here for extra data.
2022 Volkswagen Taos SE Gallery
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