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This site has a lot of comments on the subject of turbo lag and DSG. Many suggest the driver just needs to get used to the vehicle. I have no issues with acceleration. If I accelerate too hard from a stop making a left turn the tires chirp, even with 4motion and snow tires, and I remind myself to ease up a little. Once moving, I have no issues accelerating from an on-ramp and quickly crossing a few lanes to and above highway speed. No issues with passing - I do tend to drop gear selector to sport for passing on a 2-lane road. Did similar with a previous BMW 5 by dropping down a gear. The acceleration was a bit of concern last summer before the update was made.
What update ? Did the dealer give yours and updated programming. My dealer told me there is not an update as of yet.
 

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12k on the car now and this lag issue people are calling dangerous still hasn’t really been apparent. As has been discussed at length the car isn’t as responsive as other vehicles out there.

the throttle response change made a nice difference but other then that you have to drive it differently.
Yet again it seams you either get a good one or a turd.
 

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I noticed the turbo lag during the first few weeks of ownership... which was summer heat with the AC on max... now that the circuits have "learned" a bit from 10000 miles of driving... I never experience it.

Or the AC compressor being engaged makes the issue more evident. Getting into winter temps now... will see if i note any lag when the compressor is on for defogging.
 

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It's basic physics. Would you do a rev/clutch dump at every red light if your Taos was a 6-spd manual? No. Conversely, with an automatic, you can slam the gas pedal immediately after releasing the brake and the car would be non the wiser. You need to relate the DSG to literally someone feathering the clutch on a start from stop in a manual. It takes a second to get a smooth release. The DSG is literally a computer shifting a manual gear box, with a servo acting as your foot. Inherently there is going to be some delay. Now gear shifts after moving are where the DSG can't be beat.
 

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I think, over time, a lot of education is coming forward about the AWD Taos....most in valid defense of the DSG. It is absolutely the factory's studied performance option and when sorted out and in the hands of a practiced driver it will outperform the FWD 8 speed, thanks to faster upshifts and the sophisticated "gen six" Borg Warner torque sensing AWD. Four wheels digging dynamically creates more grip than just the front two, specially when accelerating and turning at the same time.

That said, I've found that the Carista Direct Threshold throttle setting creates better harmony than the factory "Gradual, Time Based" throttle setting. It could be a development mistake at VAG to ask a computer buffered throttle signal to interact with the mechatronic DSG controller. Asking two computers to decide between them what the driver wants to do next? What could possibly go wrong, LOL. I can give VW a mulligan at the outset for getting the synchronization between a very innovative new engine and their tried and true dual clutch sport box just right. Owner complaints on the score of delayed drive line responses and "jerky" operation are not imaginary but they are also not automatically bad manufacturing or a major defect in the Taos design.
If you're used to an automatic transmission and driving with a heavy foot, I bet the factory throttle setting would seem a bit laggy and jerky with the DSG.

Switching to the direct throttle setting has been great for me after mastering how much gas to give the engine from a cold stop. The variable turbine 1.5L that the Taos is using has a turbo that gives max boost at very low RPMs, right about 1750, so if you manage your throttle pressure and know when the boost is coming the ride is much smoother.

When my wife drives the Taos coming from her 2020 Jetta with the torque converter automatic, it's a learning curve. Slamming your foot down will not yield the result you're expecting.
 
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