2022 Volkswagen Taos vs. 2022 Hyundai Kona

2022 Volkswagen Taos VS.

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2022 Hyundai Kona

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The new Volkswagen Taos is nearly as large as the Tiguan, with an attractive price point. The new 2022 VW Taos is a compelling crossover that stands out amongst its competitors, like the Hyundai Kona. Bill Jacobs Volkswagen of Naperville has compiled all the information you need to know on the 2022 Volkswagen Taos and 2022 Hyundai Kona to help you decide which crossover is best for you.

Fuel Economy and Range – 2022 VW Taos Vs. 2022 Hyundai Kona

The 2022 VW Taos gets 28 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway, while the Hyundai Kona gets 27 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway. With the price of gas, the VW Taos will be more budget friendly at the gas pump. Additionally, the Tao’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped. This saves on fuel costs, and overall consumption of fuel reducing pollution. The Kona doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system. The Taos AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Kona (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons).


The Taos’ 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder produces 11 more horsepower (158 vs. 147) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 132) than the Kona’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 9th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 10th.


Airbags are essential to the safety of drivers. While both vehicles have airbags, the VW Taos has smart features to deploy airbags at a different level of force to protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The VW Taos also has side airbags with smart sensors that will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Hyundai Kona’s airbags are standard and will always deploy full force.

The Taos has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Kona doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Volkswagen Taos’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Hyundai Kona:



Kona AWD/1.6T

Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

10.7 inches

10.3 inches

11.2 inches

Passenger Space

The Taos is one of the larger players in its class. The Taos has a huge backseat, with more cargo space than most of its subcompact SUV competitors such as the Kona.

The Taos has 5.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Kona (99.5 vs. 94.1).

The Taos has 1.1 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Kona

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