The 2022 Volkswagen Taos facing to the right.

Say goodbye to the Golf and hello to the VW Taos

How will Volkswagen replace the VW Golf? 

Back in January, Volkswagen announced that it would be shuttering production and sales of the VW Golf in the North American market, which obviously, includes the United States. There are several reasons our manufacturing partner made this difficult decision, but the one that likely leads the list is that people prefer crossover SUVs these days. So, how will Volkswagen replace the VW Golf? This is actually an important strategic question and the product experts at Compass VW think they have the answer. The 2022 Volkswagen Taos is a compact, nimble and likely very efficient crossover SUV that will serve the traditional target audience for the VW Golf very well. Let’s take a look at how the two models compare to one another. 

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Performance Specs for the 2021 VW Taos vs. 2021 VW Golf 

Sharp handling and athletic performance without sacrificing fuel economy have typified the ownership experience offered by the Volkswagen Golf. The automaker appears to be making those same elements available for people taking the 2022 VW Taos home. The new 2022 VW Taos crossover SUV will have a turbocharged 1.5-liter, four-cylinder under the hood that will make 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This is slightly more performance than what was produced by the turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine used by the 2021 VW Golf, which topped out at 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. 

Volkswagen hasn’t yet released the fuel economy scores for the new Taos platform just yet. However, we have every reason to believe that the upcoming crossover SUV will offer fuel economy scores that are comparatively competitive with those offered by the outgoing Volkswagen Golf. The last version of the Golf to be available, the 2021 model, posted fuel economy scores of 29 miles per gallon in the city employing either transmission option, 39 miles per gallon in the city using the manual transmission and 36 miles per gallon in the city using the automatic transmission. 

The cargo area in the back of the 2022 VW Taos.
2022 VW Taos
The cargo area in the back of the Volkswagen Golf.
2021 VW Golf

Cargo Volume Dimensions 

Compass VW customers who may have gravitated toward the Golf will be getting significantly more cargo volume in all interior configurations versus what is available in the canceled hatchback. When people are sitting in the backseat of the 2022 Taos, there will be 28.1 cubic-feet of cargo volume to use, compared to 17.4 cubic-feet in the Golf. Folding the rear seats down will make up to 66.3 cubic-feet available for Taos owners, which eclipses the 25 cubic-feet of maximum cargo volume offered by the Golf. 

Contact Compass VW today if you would like to start the pre-ordering process for the 2022 Volkswagen Taos before it goes on sale.