Since almost everyone now drives an SUV, subcompact SUVs satisfy a need for interior space, affordability, and a certain sense of community.
On all-wheel-drive models, the base S has 18-inch wheels rather than 17-inch ones.
VW's new 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the Taos. It has a horsepower rating of 158 and a torque rating of 184.
The engine's low-speed thrust and the unobtrusive operation of the eight-speed automatic impressed us.
The all-wheel-drive Taos is rated at 25 mpg city and 32 highway, while the front-drive Taos is rated at 28 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.
Every dashboard has a fully digital gauge cluster installed, and cloth covers the standard two-tone seats.
The touchscreen has a 6.5-inch standard size and an 8.0-inch option.