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My goal is to purchase one within the next few months. I drive about 15k miles per year and would be great to hear from someone that has put these kind of miles on their vehicle already.

The first year model concerns me a bit but the fact that the Taos has parts from other VWs, Skodas and SEATs helps quite a bit.
 

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its also not the first year for the Taos, it is the first year for the 1.5L engine though. its also based on the Tiguan. we don't have that kind of miles on ours, we drive a lot less with covid around.
 

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which was based on the tiguan (2018 redesign based on MQB)
More accurately it's based on the SEAT Ateca and Skoda Karoq which came out in Europe in 2016. They are literally the same vehicle with some different interior bits and exterior styling. The Tharu is the same in that regard, VAG just didn't sell a VW variant of this model in Europe. The only thing that is brand new (besides the name) is we have a new variant of the 1.5. Europe had the "old" (2016) EA211 Evo. We have the EA211 Evo Gen2. The EU 1.5T was available in 2 variants, 96KW with the Variable geometry turbo and plasma coated cylinder walls, and a 110KW version which had regular cast iron cylinder liners and a non-VGT turbo.

The Taos is the first vehicle to use a new higher powered version of the 96KW Ea211 EVO. Ours is 118KW and also has the VGT and APS coated cylinders. Other than that, pretty much everything else is standard MQB A1 fare as the T-Cross and T-Roc, and various Skoda and SEAT models. Again if you want to know how reliability is working out, check out the Skoda Karoq and SEAT Ateca.
 

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More accurately it's based on the SEAT Ateca and Skoda Karoq which came out in Europe in 2016. They are literally the same vehicle with some different interior bits and exterior styling. The Tharu is the same in that regard, VAG just didn't sell a VW variant of this model in Europe. The only thing that is brand new (besides the name) is we have a new variant of the 1.5. Europe had the "old" (2016) EA211 Evo. We have the EA211 Evo Gen2. The EU 1.5T was available in 2 variants, 96KW with the Variable geometry turbo and plasma coated cylinder walls, and a 110KW version which had regular cast iron cylinder liners and a non-VGT turbo.

The Taos is the first vehicle to use a new higher powered version of the 96KW Ea211 EVO. Ours is 118KW and also has the VGT and APS coated cylinders. Other than that, pretty much everything else is standard MQB A1 fare as the T-Cross and T-Roc, and various Skoda and SEAT models. Again if you want to know how reliability is working out, check out the Skoda Karoq and SEAT Ateca.
Is the 1.5T a popular engine on the Karoq? Looks like Skoda has a few options for engines.
 

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Is the 1.5T a popular engine on the Karoq? Looks like Skoda has a few options for engines.
I don't know exactly, I'd imagine the diesels are the more popular options in Europe in general. That said, I think VW could have gotten away with offering the 1.0 TSI in the US as a base engine option for an eco trim or something. I had one in a rental T-Cross in Germany last year and I thought it was a great little powerplant and a perfectly tuned DSG.
 

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I don't know exactly, I'd imagine the diesels are the more popular options in Europe in general. That said, I think VW could have gotten away with offering the 1.0 TSI in the US as a base engine option for an eco trim or something. I had one in a rental T-Cross in Germany last year and I thought it was a great little powerplant and a perfectly tuned DSG.
Kind of surprised there isn't multiple engine options, I bet they'll offer more next generation. Looks the the transmission for the Taos is supplied from Germany, whereas the engine from Mexico (at least the DSG).
 

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Kind of surprised there isn't multiple engine options, I bet they'll offer more next generation. Looks the the transmission for the Taos is supplied from Germany, whereas the engine from Mexico (at least the DSG).
The DSG is sourced from Germany, the Aisin is sourced from Japan. And yeah I would have kind of expected more options. The 1.0 in the base trim and 1.5 optional and standard on the SE, and maybe a the EA888 2.0T as an optional R-Line.
 

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The DSG is sourced from Germany, the Aisin is sourced from Japan. And yeah I would have kind of expected more options. The 1.0 in the base trim and 1.5 optional and standard on the SE, and maybe a the EA888 2.0T as an optional R-Line.
An R-Line would be great, but the price tag would probably be $40k with that engine. It powers the Q3 nicely.
 
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