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Volkswagen Taos

The Volkswagen Taos is a compact crossover SUV produced by the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen. It was first released in October 2018 as the Volkswagen Tharu in China, while a restyled version of the Tharu was released as the Taos since October 2020 for the North American, South American, and Russian markets. The vehicle is positioned below the Tiguan, and above the T-Cross in South America and China.[8]

In the North American market, the Taos was revealed on 13 October 2020 for the 2022 model year. It is the fifth new addition to the Volkswagen SUV family in the last four years.[11] The Mexican-built Taos slots directly below the Tiguan, which is solely available in a long-wheelbase guise in the market, while also acts as an indirect replacement to the discontinued Golf.[12] The positioning made the Taos being dubbed as a subcompact crossover SUV by journalists.[13]

The Taos for the US and Canadian market is powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine known as the TSI Evo which packs 158 hp (160 PS; 118 kW) and 184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m; 25 kg⋅m) at 1,750 rpm borrowed from VW’s European models. Front-wheel-drive models feature an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the 4Motion all-wheel drive is coupled with a 7-speed DSG transmission.

Volkswagen of America confirmed that its Digital Cockpit system is standard on all trims, replacing the physical instrument cluster dials with a reconfigurable 12.3-inch display. The Taos can function as a Wi-Fi hotspot and is available with a wireless charge pad. All but the base model will feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen and the latest MIB3 infotainment software. Volkswagen will sell the Taos in S, SE, and SEL trims.

The Taos for the Mexican market is powered by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine from the Volkswagen EA211 TSI engine family paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 1.4 TSI engine produces 150 hp (152 PS; 112 kW) and 25.5 kg⋅m (250 N⋅m; 184 lb⋅ft) of torque.[14] In Mexico, the Taos is available in Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline trims.[15]

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  • Official Page – Volkswagen Taos
  • Price: Starts at $27,000 CAD
  • Comparable to:  Kia Seltos, Honda CRV
  • Maintenance costs:  Approximately $6,720 over 10 years. 


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