With the demand for SUVs surging each passing day, subsegments within the larger SUV umbrella are gaining momentum. One such subsegment is compact SUVs comprising five-seater vehicles that exude moderate performance ratings but have relatively lower footprints. Subcompact SUVs have gained immense popularity over the last few years owing to the wide range of features they encompass. These vehicles have everything from top-notch interior elements and safety features to powerful engines and stellar fuel economy ratings. The rivalry between Volkswagen and Kia is famous in the segment, and they continue to go head-on each year with their vehicles. For 2022, Volkswagen Taos and Kia Soul are at the forefront of subcompact SUVs. We have charted out the significant differences between these vehicles for you.
2022 Volkswagen Taos
2022 Kia Soul
| 1.5-liter TSI DOHC Inline four-cylinder engine
||Base Engine||2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve Inline 4-cylinder engine|
|Eight-speed Automatic Transmission
||Transmission System||Intelligent Variable Transmission|
|158 horsepower & 184 lb-ft
||Horsepower & Torque Ratings||147 horsepower & 132 lb-ft|
||Combined Fuel Economy||30 MPG|
As can be analyzed from the table, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos won the race. The Taos not only offers more engine power but also conserved fuel more efficiently. What more can you expect from a subcompact SUV?
Looking beyond performance, the 2022 Volkswagen Taos is laden with a plethora of top-notch interior elements. Significant ones include Leather-wrapped seats, sufficient space for passengers and cargo., premium seating arrangement and a multi-functional steering wheel.
Technology features include are a BeatsAudio® sound system and a robust infotainment system integrated with SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™.
In terms of safety, the 2022 Taos is home to a Safety Cage, Rear View Camera System, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), a combination of six stability-enhancing systems, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).