Avoiding the typical cheap interior was a must.
The days when entry-level models had an uninspiring design have come to an end. Hyundai was one of the first automakers to take the initiative to successfully change the status quo and rival Volkswagen took notice. You can't argue with success and the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos is proof. The premium and handsome-looking exterior design required an equally bold (if not more so) interior. The design team claims it went above and beyond with its assigned task.
"The interior design of Taos reflects the simple yet modern shape of the sculpted exterior," says designer Dmitry Panov. "There's a clean and recognizable theme, which harkens to other models in the Volkswagen SUV family."
The dashboard features two levels that separate various functions. The top has a "glossy decor" trim that surrounds the air vents, the Digital Cockpit driver's gauge cluster, and an infotainment touchscreen. The entire section is slightly angled towards the driver for easier access. Plus, it looks cool and sporty.
The lower level has a soft-touch surface and runs across the width of the interior, stretching through the front passenger and driver's side door panels. Standard two-tone seats for the entry-level S trim further enhance the upscale look. A significant amount of thought went into the seating materials, which range from cloth to a cloth and leatherette combination, and full leather. Even the material used for the seat covers can be found elsewhere in the cabin.
Contrast stitching further enhances the visual flair. Buyers who opt for the SE and SEL trim can tack on a panoramic sunroof and the latter comes standard with 10-color ambient lighting.
All Taos trims come standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to either the front or all four wheels by VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Front-wheel-drive versions receive an eight-speed automatic transmission while the AWD variant gets a fast-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Pricing begins at $22,995 for the FWD model and $25,040 for the AWD. Fuel economy figures are also very impressive. Sales will get underway in June.