front-wheel-drive The EPA estimates the Volkswagen Taos to consume 8.4 liters per 100 kilometers in the district, 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway, and 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers overall. These numbers tie the Taos FWD for best-in-class highway fuel economy. Nissan's front-drive Kicks, for example, is EPA-estimated to produce 6.5 l/100km highway. The front-wheel-drive Honda HR-V comes near at 6.9 l/100km highway, as does the Kia Soul at 6.7 l/100km highway.
The Taos, which will go on sale this summer with a starting price of $24,190, will have a single-engine option: a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 158 hp and 250 Nm of torque and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Variable geometry turbocharging is used on the small engine, which improves performance and fuel economy.
It's worth noting that these EPA ratings are dependent on the use of standard unleaded gasoline. According to the EPA, relative to the national average for new cars, buyers who purchase the front-wheel-drive Taos could save up to $750 in fuel costs over five years.
Those that want the Taos in all-wheel drive should expect to save $250. Kia Seltos, Honda HR-V, Subaru Crosstrek, and Hyundai Kona are among its rivals.