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2022 Volkswagen Taos Child and Infant Car Seat Test

When the Cornflower Blue 2022 Volkswagen Taos arrived in my driveway, I believed it was cute. It was shiny, petite, clear, however this is similar driveway the place a Hyundai Palisade not too long ago changed a Mercedes-Benz GLK because of a rising household. I didn’t count on to be impressed by the scale of the Taos.

However then I needed to put a automobile seat in it. I put my son’s high-back booster seat on the passenger aspect. Normally, he’s the one I have to take someplace, and placing his seat curbside facilitates college and camp drop-offs and pick-ups.

Placing this essentially cumbersome automobile seat into smaller autos will be difficult — it requires angling to get it into the automobile, after which into place on the seat cushion. Within the Taos, I used to be capable of simply plop the seat proper in with no finagling. The door entry is tall and vast, and the ceiling is excessive sufficient to not impede the headrest. I used to be additionally capable of simply attain over and across the seat to strap it in utilizing the seat belt. Good.

Later within the week, the less-often-necessary activity of putting in my daughter’s toddler automobile seat fell upon me. For this, I put in the seat base behind the motive force’s seat utilizing the decrease LATCH anchors. As a substitute of being hidden behind leather-based or material, these anchors are unmissable behind massive plastic covers. The big anchor housings made clipping the tethers a breeze. Even higher, I didn’t should discover a place to stash the covers — they flip up and out of the way in which, stowing themselves, nonetheless related, throughout the high of the opening.

Good, however I’d nonetheless should make room for myself sitting in entrance of the rear-facing seat, proper?

Nope! That rear seat is deceptively roomy. As such, I, a 6-foot-tall man with lengthy legs, didn’t have to maneuver my seat ahead a single millimeter from my preferrred driving place. That is uncommon even for midsize and even some full-size SUVs. I used to be flabbergasted in the easiest way. I used to be beginning to fall in love with this little crossover.

Extremely, that beneficiant second row doesn’t spell catastrophe for the rear cargo quantity. It’s nonetheless spacious, as you’ll be able to see within the picture under.

Nonetheless not satisfied? Try Senior Editor James Riswick’s VW Taos baggage take a look at — although the front-wheel-drive model does afford a slight edge in cargo area in comparison with the better-to-drive 4Motion. He additionally put his personal Britax Boulevard convertible automobile seat (larger than both of mine and pictured above proper), and located the very same stunning quantity of area. The enormous automobile seat was straightforward to position inside and there was a shocking quantity of room left up entrance. It was really much better than his 2013 BMW X5, which is a midsize SUV. 

Actually, it’s slightly spooky. The Taos feels bigger on the within that it’s on the surface. It jogs my memory of Mark Z. Danielewski’s genre-defying novel, The House of Leaves, which gave me nightmares after studying it. The Taos, then again, made me really feel heat and fuzzy. Along with being shockingly spacious, it was a pleasure to drive and straightforward to make use of. Even higher, I’m now armed with a small crossover I can legitimately advocate to two-child households. Heck, I’d even advocate it over the bigger Tiguan.

Moreover, the world might use extra Cornflower Blue in it.

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