When VW made the Tiguan bigger in 2018, Volkswagen found itself with a gap to fill in its lineup. It filled it with the arrival of the Taos last year, a compact-sized SUV that’s guaranteed to be a hit.
In fact, Volkswagen took the time to analyze the market carefully in order to offer consumers what they’re really looking for, which is a vehicle with the perfect size. As a result, the newcomer compares well with models like the Mazda CX-30, but it also has everything needed to compete with a larger model like the Mazda CX-5.
When we compare the 2022 VW Taos to the 2022 Mazda CX-5, we see that both SUVs aren’t all that different despite being in different segments.
The Mazda CX-5’s base engine has 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. The Taos has less horsepower but it has almost the same torque number (184 pound-feet). As we said earlier, this SUVs are more alike than you may think, and the new Taos is actually quicker than the CX-5.
The Mazda CX-5 has never had a reputation for being the roomiest SUV in its class. Unsurprisingly, the new Taos has the advantage in terms of cargo space despite being a “smaller SUV”.. When the second-row seats are folded down, the Volkswagen model has 1,868 liters of cargo space, while the CX-5 has only 1,687 litres.
The Taos isn’t just quicker than the CX-5, it’s also more fuel-effcient by about a litre per 100 kilometres. That doesn’t seem like much, but it does matter when we think about the current price of gas.
The 2022 VW Taos offers FWD or AWD models while the CX-5 comes standard with AWD and is quite a bit more expensive. Give us a call today to learn more!