The All-New 2022 VW Taos Goes Head-to-Head Against The 2022 Honda HR-V

2022 Volkswagen Taos vs 2022 Honda HR-V Comparison in Columbus, OH

The big news for Volkswagen is the debut of its all-new subcompact SUV-the 2022 Volkswagen Taos. With solid performance, impressive efficiency, and a spacious interior filled with standard features, the 2022 Taos is an exciting addition to the already acclaimed Volkswagen SUV lineup. But, it's got a lot of competition in the crowded subcompact SUV class. So, how does it stack up against the subcompact SUV from Honda?

That's what you'll find in the following comparison between the all-new 2022 Volkswagen Taos and the 2022 Honda HR-V. The Honda HR-V is a popular choice that's been around for a while thanks to its efficiency and standard features. How does the all-new Volkswagen Taos fare against this mainstay in the segment? Find out below where we compare the important specs and features of these two subcompacts side-by-side to give you a complete picture of what these models are bringing to the table.

side profile of blue 2022 volkswagen taos

2022 Volkswagen Taos VS Honda HR-V: Exterior & Interior

The 2022 Taos and 2022 HR-V both feature striking designs with exterior features that are convenient and at the same time stylish. Both subcompact SUVs come standard with LED headlights and tail lights as well as 17" wheels but only the 2022 Taos also comes standard with roof rails for added versatility and cargo storage. Although the Volkswagen Taos and Honda HR-V are subcompact SUVs, there's a considerable difference when it comes to interior space. In terms of passenger space, the two models are practically identical. But, the 2022 HR-V can only offer up to 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space while the 2022 Taos has as much as 65.9 cubic feet of cargo volume. Just because it's a subcompact doesn't mean you can't have a cargo hold large enough to fit all your luggage.

infotainment display of 2022 volkswagen taos with integrated apple carplay smartphone

2022 Volkswagen Taos VS 2022 Honda HR-V: Technology

When shopping for a new car, you probably expect the latest technology features. The all-new VW Taos delivers all of what you'd expect from a new car and then some. Naturally, that includes an easy-to-use 6.5-inch color touchscreen, which is similar to what you'll find in most new vehicles. So, you can imagine our surprise when we realized that the new, 2022 Honda HR-V doesn't start out with a touchscreen. Instead, you get a 5-inch LCD screen that's still operated by physical buttons and knobs at the start of the lineup. You could pay more to upgrade the crossover from Honda above the entry-level, and that will get you a touchscreen infotainment system, but that means paying more for what already comes standard in the all-new VW Taos.

Also standard on every new Volkswagen Taos is the convenience of Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and the latest SiriusXM with 360L satellite entertainment platform. Sure, you can get similar smartphone integration in a Honda HR-V, but only when you pay to upgrade above the base model. You won't find the new Satellite entertainment system in the Honda HR-V, but you can spring for one of the top-of-the-line models to get the traditional satellite radio. All told, you're clearly getting a lot more for your money in the all-new 2022 Volkswagen Taos.

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2022 Volkswagen Taos VS 2022 Honda HR-V: Performance

In the performance category, the Volkswagen Taos and Honda HR-V both sport finely-tuned engines that pack a punch. The Volkswagen Taos comes standard with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder making a healthy 158 horsepower and 184 lb/ft of torque. The Honda HR-V sports a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder making 141 horsepower and 127 lb/ft of torque. Power is just one aspect of the VW Taos, though, as it's also remarkably efficient for its size with a highway fuel economy of 36 MPG, again besting the Honda HR-V and its highway fuel economy of 34 MPG. Plus, if capability is a must for you then you can also get the 2022 Taos with the available 4MOTION® all-wheel drive with active control that includes drive modes for driving in the snow and off-road. Performance, capability, and efficiency-the 2022 Taos has it all.

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2022 Volkswagen Taos VS 2022 Honda HR-V: Safety

There's no compromise when it comes to safety for Volkswagen, and that's just as true with the new VW Taos. The new VW Taos and Honda HR-V both come with active safety features like LED daytime running lights to enhance your visibility on the roads, but only with the VW Taos do you get the Intelligent Crash Response System, which automatically reacts when airbags deploy with mitigation functions like turning off the fuel pump, unlocking doors, and activating hazard lights. The 2022 Taos and 2022 HR-V each also have their own suite of advanced driver-assist technologies-IQ.DRIVE® for the VW Taos and Honda Sensing for the new HR-V. The two subcompact SUVs share some of the same available features like adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and a blind spot monitor for those areas you can't see, but only with the VW Taos can you also get the rear traffic alert. This safety system can detect if a vehicle is about to cross your path while in reverse and alert you to help avoid a collision.

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2022 Volkswagen Taos VS 2022 Honda HR-V: Price & Value

All the impressive specs and features of the 2022 Taos means you're getting a lot for your money. The subcompact SUV class is known for affordable models and both the 2022 Volkswagen Taos and 2022 Honda HR-V fit in that description. The 2022 HR-V begins at $21,420 while the 2022 Taos has a starting MSRP of $22,995. When you consider the greater performance, better efficiency, interior space, and wealth of standard features in the Volkswagen Taos, it clearly offers you a better value than the 2022 Honda HR-V.

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2022 Volkswagen Taos2022 Honda HR-V
$22,995Starting MSRP*$21,400
1.5-Liter TSI Inline 4-CylinderStandard Engine1.8-Liter Inline 4-Cylinder
158 HP / 184 lb/ftPerformance Output (Horsepower / Torque)141 HP / 127 lb/ft
28 MPG / 36 MPGFuel Economy (City / Highway)28 MPG / 34 MPG
Standard LED Daytime Running LightsStandard
99.5 Cubic FeetPassenger Volume 100.1 Cubic Feet
27.9 / 65.9 Cubic FeetCargo Volume (Standard / Maximum)24.3 / 58.8 Cubic Feet
6.5" LCD Touch ScreenStandard Infotainment Display5" Color LCD Screen
AvailableIn-Car Wi-Fi HotspotNot Available
AvailableAll-Wheel DriveAvailable

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

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