When the Cornflower Blue 2022 Volkswagen Taos popped up in my driveway, I assumed it was cute. It was shiny, stunning, clear, nevertheless it’s the identical driveway the place a rising household lately noticed a Hyundai Palisade change a Mercedes-Benz GLK. I did not anticipate to be impressed by the dimensions of Taos.
However then I needed to put a automobile seat in it. I put my son’s high-back booster seat on the passenger facet. Often, that is what I have to take someplace, and placing my seat on the facet makes for varsity and camp drop-off and pick-up.
This inevitably heavy automobile seat may be troublesome to position in smaller autos – it requires angling to get into the automobile, after which place on the seat cushion. In Taos, I used to be capable of repair the bus seat with none finagling. The door entrance is lengthy and vast, and the ceiling is excessive sufficient that the headrest can’t be obstructed. I used to be capable of simply attain over and across the seat to make use of the seat belt. Good.
Later within the week, the less-required job of putting in my daughter’s toddler automobile seat dawned on me. For this, I put in the seat base behind the motive force’s seat utilizing the decrease LATCH anchor. Quite than being hidden behind leather-based or material, these anchors are unscrewed behind massive plastic covers. The massive anchor housing made clipping the tether within the air. Even higher, I did not should discover a place to cover the covers—they pop up and out of the best way, erecting themselves, nonetheless hooked up, throughout the high of the opening.
Excellent, however I nonetheless should make room for the entrance of the again seat to sit down, proper?
No! That again seat is deceptively spacious. Like, me, a 6 foot tall man with lengthy legs, did not have to maneuver my seat a millimeter past my very best driving place. It is a rarity for medium sized and even some full sized SUVs. I used to be shocked in the easiest way. I used to be beginning to fall in love with this little crossover.
Extremely, that beneficiant second row would not spell catastrophe for rear cargo quantity. It is nonetheless large, as you’ll be able to see within the image beneath.
Nonetheless not satisfied? Take a look at senior editor James Riswick’s VW Taos baggage check—although the front-wheel-drive model offers a slight edge in cargo area in comparison with the better-to-drive 4Motion. He put in his personal Britax Boulevard convertible automobile seat (the larger of my two and pictured on the best), and located the very same stunning spot. The spacious automobile seat was simple to place in and left a shocking quantity of room up entrance. It was truly a lot better than his 2013 BMW X5, which is a mid-sized SUV.
Truthfully, it is just a little scary. Taos feels larger on the within than it’s on the skin. It jogs my memory of the anti-genre novel by Mark Z. Danielewski, home of leaves, which gave me nightmares after studying this. Taos, alternatively, made me really feel heat and fuzzy. Along with being surprisingly spacious, it was simple to drive and simple to make use of. Even higher, I am now armed with a small crossover that I can legitimately suggest to households with two children. Heck, I might even suggest it on the larger Tiguan.
Plus, the world might use extra Cornflower Blue in it.