2022 Volkswagen Taos vs. 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross: Fun has a new name

There’s some movement in the subcompact SUV segment this year, and it’s particularly noticeable at Volkswagen and Toyota, where they’re offering us entirely new vehicles. On one side, the Taos, on the other, the Corolla Cross.

Which one will win the market? That’s a good question. It’s safe to say that both will be popular. However, if you’re concerned about making the best choice, Volkswagen is the one to turn to.

Why? There are many reasons, really.


There’s no questioning the seriousness and quality at Toyota, but here’s the thing: everything is too serious. The Corolla Cross’ driving experience will satisfy, but it won’t charm you. Driving the Taos is more fun. It’s a German product and its roots are perceptible behind the controls.

More power

The Toyota Corolla Cross is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that boasts 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. While that’s decent power with the sedan, you’d expect it to be a little short with a heavier SUV. That’s why the Taos, with its 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, promises to do better. And it’s simple to understand. Because of its 158 horsepower, but more importantly, its 184 pound-feet of torque that’s deliverable as early as 1,750 rpm, it acts quicker. It will take off from the blocks and leave the Corolla Cross in its wake.

That, too, is part of the driving experience.


The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross will be offered with all-wheel drive. The latter will do the job, as they say. However, it can’t compete with Volkswagen’s own 4Motion approach. The latter is among the most competent in the industry.

Come winter, do you want maximum safety behind the wheel, as well as maximum fun and practicality? If so, your only choice is the 2022 Volkswagen Taos.