The 2022 VW Taos is a very practical and reasonably priced little crossover, but there is room for improvement in terms of safety. IIHS has tested it and it lacks a few crash tests as well as the effectiveness of headlights and forward collisions. As a result it missed out on receiving a Top Safety Peak award.
The Taos that performed less in the crash test were the small overlap passenger-side test and the head restraint test. Both end up getting the second-highest “acceptable” rating. In addition, the base LED reflector headlights in Taos received the second-lowest “threshold” rating. In addition, the optional front collision prevention system only received a “Basic” rating for pedestrian situations from vehicles.
Although Taos has performed well in other areas. Every other crash test gave a “good” rating. Also rated “good” are optional LED projector headlights, vehicle performance from front collision system vehicles, and LATCH child seat anchor usability.
Taos crossovers compete with a wide range of competitors in a segment of the SUV market, and a number of them have won the Top Safety Pick Award, and some have won the Top Safety Pick +. Basic winners include Buick Encore GX, Kia Seltos, Subaru Crosstrek and Toyota C-HR. Best Safety Pick + winners include Chevy Trailblazer, Ford Bronco Sport and Mazda CX-30.