Compare 2023 Volkswagen Taos S vs 2023 Volkswagen Taos SE

2023 Volkswagen Taos S vs 2023 Volkswagen Taos SE
2023 Volkswagen Taos S 2023 Volkswagen Taos SE


1.5L Turbocharged I-4 1.5L Turbocharged I-4


158 hp 158 hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

28/36 * 28/36 *

  Infotainment Display

6.5-inch touchscreen 8.0-inch touchscreen

  Heated Front Seats

Not available Standard

  Seat Upholstery

Cloth Leatherette with cloth inserts

  Adaptive Cruise Control

Optional Standard

  Active Blind-Spot Monitor

Optional Standard

2023 Volkswagen Taos S vs 2023 Volkswagen Taos SE

Serving Troy, MI

Volkswagen introduced the Taos in 2022 as the only subcompact crossover in its lineup. It immediately gained due recognition thanks to its many technologies and premium design. In 2023, the Taos adds a few features across its trim levels to boost its appeal further. The trim options are the S, SE, and SEL. With your attention trained on the Taos today, a thorough look at the S and SE trim levels is a great starting point.


All 2023 Volkswagen Taos trims have sporty performance capabilities and ample power from a 158-horsepower, turbo 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The S and SE trims include front-wheel drive and an automatic eight-speed transmission. While the SEL trim has a few standout performance enhancements, there is no difference in the capabilities of the S and SE trims.


The 2023 Taos is designed with a slightly angled, defined hood and smooth descent across the roof. The sides receive a boost of character from upper and lower definition lines, black molding, and a premium air vent near the front wheels. The nose is captivating, with chrome upper and lower accents lining the wide grille. The headlights link to the grille and have upper and lower lines of definition. The bumper features a striking, metallic element with pointed air vents on the sides. The Taos S gives you 17-inch alloy wheels and roof rails. The SEL adds 18-inch wheels, tinted rear windows, and heated outside mirrors.


There are captivating differences between the available cabin and safety features for these two trim levels. The Taos S includes a four-speaker sound system, onboard Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 6.5-inch display screen, a blind-spot warning, and forward collision sensing with auto braking. The IQ.Drive safety features are optional with the S trim and standard with the SE trim. These items include emergency assistance, adaptive cruise control, an active blind-spot monitor, and lane keeping. In addition, the SE trim adds wireless device charging, a six-speaker audio system, wireless smart device app connections, USB ports, a larger central display screen, heated front seats, a remote engine start, and faux leather trim on the seats.

Do you want to compare the 2023 Taos trims in person before you pick out your next crossover? Our associates at Suburban Volkswagen of Troy will help you compare the Taos crossovers in stock today.

* 28 city/36 highway mpg (2023 Taos 1.5L, 8-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.