Volkswagen Taos

Price $26,995 – $37,695
Fuel consumption 6.6 – 9.5 L/100km
The Car Guide rating 70%(view ratings)
With slight adjustments to features and content for 2023, the Taos is even more attractive for small SUV buyers. The turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine generates 158 horsepower along with 184 lb-ft. of torque, just like the Jetta’s. FWD and AWD models can be specified, while trim levels include Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. Roomier than most direct competitors, this German fighter has a 790-litre cargo area that expands up to 1,866 litres with the rear seats folded (or 705 to 1,705 litres when equipped with the optional all-wheel drive system).

Detailed ratings

The Car Guide rating 70%
Fuel economy 7/10
Reliability 6/10
Safety 5/10
Infotainment 8/10
Driving 6/10
Overall 7/10

What's new in 2023

Small equipment overhaul. Traffic sign recognition standard in the Highline model.


  • Vast interior
  • Trunk volume
  • 1.5 liter engine has plenty of torque
  • Perfect interior finish
  • Only one engine offered
  • Hesitant 7-speed gearbox


  • Disappointing interior finish
  • Only one engine offered
  • Jerky 7-speed gearbox