by Brian Wong
Volkswagen has a big gap where a small SUV should go. Filling that gap will be two compact crossover SUVs in the 2022 Taos and the all-electric ID.4.
The electric ID.4 goes on sale early next year and is nearly ready to go. The Taos (pronounced like “house”) has a much longer way to go. But VW gave me the keys to a Taos prototype to log some early drive impressions.
Testing a prototype is a bit weird. Journalists often drive “pre-production” vehicles that are very close to or identical to the finished product. But a prototype comes a step before that for a company to try out different parts and get a vehicle ready for its final iteration. The Taos I drove still had camouflage over the exterior lights, wheels borrowed from another VW, and a large black covering over the dashboard and center console that also covered up the air vents on a warm Southern…