The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is the German automaker’s newest and smallest SUV. Competing against rivals such as the Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3, the Taos is a little late to the game, but it arrives as the SUV sales juggernaut is only getting stronger. The Taos also serves as the replacement for the Golf hatchback in the U.S.
Powered by a small turbocharged four-cylinder coupled to a choice of front- or all-wheel drive, the Taos doesn’t immediately stand out among the competition. Its styling is clean and contemporary, though unless you order a bright color (like the bright Cornflower Blue), you could lose it in a parking lot.
From behind the wheel, however, the Taos proves it’s worthy of a spot on the shopping list of anyone searching for a small, easy-to-maneuver and affordable SUV. In fact, in some ways we wonder if it’s a better deal than VW’s larger and more expensive Tiguan SUV.
Check out Cars.com editor Aaron Bragman’s First Drive of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos via the related link above or for a recap of the things we liked most about the Taos, and a few items that need work, keep scrolling.