The grille of a VW crossover SUV.

The Taos and ID.4 are now available, how do we tell them apart?

How are the 2022 Volkswagen Taos and 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 different? 

Within the span of a few days, Compass Volkswagen welcomed two of our manufacturing partner’s newest platforms to the showroom, the 2022 VW Taos and the 2021 VW ID.4. If someone were new to the brand and saw the two compact crossover SUVs side-by-side, they could be forgiven for thinking these vehicles are going to get in one another’s way when it comes to attracting customers. To be sure, there are a few cosmetic similarities between them. However, were here to tell you how the 2021 Volkswagen Taos and 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 are different. Our team has been getting a lot of questions to this point, and they have been excited to help potential customers tell them apart.  

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2022 VW TaosVs.2021 VW ID.4
Turbo. 1.5-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Engine/MotorPSM Permanent Magnet Motor
158/184 Horsepower/Torque201/229 
65.9 cu.-ft.Max. Cargo Volume64.2 cu.-ft.
28/36 (FWD); 25/32 (AWD) Fuel Economy/Electric Range250 miles 

2022 Taos vs. 2021 ID.4 Performance Specs 

The biggest difference between the 2022 VW Taos and its 2021 ID.4 sibling is how the two crossover SUVs are powered. Owners of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos will have a turbocharged 1.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline-powered engine under the hood that will be attached to either an eight- or seven-speed automatic transmission, making 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. On the other side of the equation is the 2021 VW ID.4 with its PSM permanent magnet electric motor (or motors if equipped with all-wheel-drive). The all-electric powertrain will make 201 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. 

Both vehicles are very fuel-efficient in their own regard. Owners of the Taos can expect it to achieve 28 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway with front-wheel-drive. Opting for the 4MOTION® AWD system will move those numbers to 25 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The electric ID.4 can travel up to 250 miles using the power stored in its batteries. All of these efficiency figures are impressive by almost any standard.

The 2022 VW Taos on the road.
2022 VW Taos
The 2021 VW ID.4 parked in the desert.
2021 VW ID.4

Which one has more cargo volume? 

Volkswagen has built the 2022 Taos and 2021 ID.4 to be pretty equal in terms of available cargo volume. The electrified crossover SUV will be able to offer 30.3 cubic-feet behind its second row of seats and the Taos is very close with up to 27.9 cubic-feet behind its rear seats. Folding the back seat down makes 65.9 cubic-feet available in the Taos, leaving the ID.4 with a maximum of 64.2 cubic-feet of cargo volume to use when its interior is properly configured. 

Make an appointment with a Compass VW product expert if you would like to take a closer look at the 2021 VW ID.4, 2022 VW Taos or both, today.