2022 VW Taos Is Not Much Cheaper Than the Tiguan

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Photo credit: Volkswagen
  • VW has announced pricing for the new 2022 Taos subcompact crossover.

  • It starts at $24,190 and ranges up to above $35,000 for a fully loaded SEL Premium 4Motion model.

  • The Taos will go on sale in the U.S. in June.

Volkswagen's new entry-level crossover, the 2022 Taos, carries a starting price of $24,190 for a front-wheel-drive model in its base S trim level. Not coincidentally, that's the exact same starting price as the soon-to-be-discontinued 2021 Golf hatchback that it effectively replaces. We were also surprised to see that certain Taos models are close in price to the larger Tiguan SUV. The Taos SE, for instance, starts at $28,440, which is just $150 less than the more spacious, more powerful 2021 Tiguan SE.

All 2022 Taos models come standard with a 158-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four, front-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. 4Motion all-wheel drive is optional on all three trim levels and costs between $1450 and $2045 extra, and it necessitates a switch to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The top SEL trim level starts at $32,685 and comes in at $35,440 with the boxes checked for all-wheel drive and a $1200 panoramic sunroof. Other options for the lower trim levels include a driver-assistance package called IQ.Drive that costs $995 for the S trim and $895 for the SE trim.

VW says that the Taos will go on sale at U.S. dealerships starting in June.

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