"Beyond its highly functional interior, the Taos has an impressive list of standard and optional equipment across all three trim levels. The base S model comes with front-wheel drive, the aforementioned torsion beam rear suspension, 17-inch wheels, a 6.5-inch central display screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a digital gauge cluster. The front-wheel drive S starts at $24,090 (or a $199 monthly lease option), with an all-wheel-drive version with heated seats and multiple driving modes offered for $26,135. The mid-level SE adds 18-inch wheels, an 8-inch central display, wireless phone charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 6-speaker audio system, remote engine start, leatherette seating, SiriusXM radio and a power driver's seat for $28,340 with FWD or $29,790 with AWD. ...
"As a Golf replacement, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos' SUV styling, combined with a spacious and functional interior, will offer greater appeal to U.S. buyers. We wish it had a bit more power, and some of the interior surfaces felt a little low cost, but its feature list, price and driving dynamics make it an appealing candidate in the ever-popular small SUV segment. Volkswagen's fortunes have increased with each new SUV introduced over the past few years, and the Taos will continue that trend."
— Karl Brauer, Forbes.com
brk"With its multilink rear suspension, the all-wheel-drive Taos has a much more composed ride. An extra Sport mode also switches up the logic of the seven-speed DCT that really perks up the powertrain. All told, I have to say, the AWD Taos is surprisingly fun to drive. So much so that it might be my new favorite model in the affordable compact space.
"VW's handling course is best handled in third gear and Sport mode keeps the transmission from upshifting while braking for a turn. The AWD system sends power to the rear to give the back wheels extra grip and the more advanced multilink design means the suspension keeps body motions largely in check. I mean, sure, there's some body roll, but really just to show you where the Taos' limits are. The quick steering has instant response and the brakes feel solid and linear, allowing me to brake fairly late before entering hairpin turns."
— Emme Hall, Road Show by CNET