Volkswagen Taos 2023

While very complex for a modest output, no Taos driver could dispute that the 1.5L turbo four is not strong, flexible and incredibly refined. Moving from a stop is a bit troubled as all but gentle throttle inputs causes the engine to bog down like it is flooded, followed by an overly-aggressive response once the computer sorts itself out. The driver needs to gently feather the throttle to leave smoothly from rest. The DSG transmission in the all-wheel Taos upshiftes smoothly but was a bit reluctant to downshift. Steering is nicely weighted, quick and holds its line very well.The brakes have no lost motiion, have a nice feel and stop the car confidently. well. The ride is very firm but there is no jarring. The use of super low-profile 45 series tires for a family grocery go getter is a bit odd. If the car had proper tires, like a 60 series, the ride of this car would be better. Wind noise is nicely suppressed but noise from the road is more prominent than it is. The Taos has a large sunroof, which, unlike some other cars, actually has a large opening.

Like its larger Tiguan showroom mate, the styling of the Taos is very conservative and frill free but also well-tailored and timeless. Traditional design extends inside, with clean shapes, logical controls and generally nice materials, but perhaps a bit too many hard plastic surfaces for what is a pretty expensive vehicle. The black and gray cabin scheme of the Taos is very chic. The driver faces a configurable TFT gauge package. The door bins are big but the console in front of the shift lacks storage space

The front seats are very comfortable and can be moved back a long way. The rear seat is supportive and rear passengers enjoy impressive legroom for the size of the car. The trunk is square, deep below the window line and surprisingly commodious.

Cellphone hookup is simple, the Beats-branded audio system delivers pleasing sounds and the voice command system works well enough.

About the same size as the original Tiguan, the new Taos slots in under the very large Tiguan as VW’s entry level crossover and will be a key competitor to the new Toyota Corolla Cross. The Taos is clean-lined and contemporary and reflects the current Volkswagen styling ethos. The cabin design is elegant and timeless. The driver faces a TFT gauge cluster. An infotainment screen is integrated into the dashboard rather than standing atop it. Controls are logical and easy to deal with.

The Taos is powered exclusively by a 1.5L turbo that produces 158 horsepower and 184 lb.ft. of torque. Power should be both ample and flexible. Transmission choice includes a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission, with all-wheel drive units employing a seven-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission.

With a TFT gauge package, alloy wheels, L.E.D. headlights, the iOS-Android cellphone interface, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors and keyless starting, the base Trendline trim is comprehensively equipped. All-wheel drive, standard most models, is a $2600 option on the Trendline. The Comfortline, with a forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, a power driver’s seat, wireless iOS-Android cellphone hookup, remote starter, rain sense wipers, rear parking sensors and dark-tint glass, is a bargain. The range-topping Highline trim, adds leather seating, navigation, a large-format sunroof and adaptive headlights, is good value.

Predicted reliability is average until the third or fourth year and deteriorating after that. Turbo wastegate failure reports are becoming more common.

Last update: June 27, 2023


  • Engine

    1.5L-4 T (158 HP)
  • Transmissions

    7 DSG*, 8A
  • Fuel consumption

    City: 9.5L/100 km Road: 7.4L/100 km
  • Drive Layout

    All-wheel drive
  • Body Style

    Micro SUVs & Crossovers


9.5L/100 km
7.4L/100 km

What’s new this year?

No news of note for the Taos this year.

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What dealers pay$ 22 222

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Report - September 26, 2023
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$ 0 $ 26 995
$ 0 $ 29 595
$ 0 $ 33 995
$ 0 $ 37 695
Alloy Wheel Package
$ 0 $ 500
Sunroof Package
$ 0 $ 1 200
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$ 0 $ 1 950
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