Yes, IMO, this “lag issue” is not the huge thing that some owners opine. The DSG has a mechatronic controller whose job it is to interpret your driving input into fast useful gear selection. It is a proven and well integrated system in many of VW’s best performing models.
How much the Taos version “hunts” for the next gear seems to be effected by the new 1.5 engine’s unique mix of fuel saving intake timing and the variable boost turbo. It’s a narrow engineering window.
I think there’s good discussion here that these events are better controlled by the driver than any one magic adjustment in the Taos driveline. The two OBD2 settings we’re mentioning make the fly by wire throttle and fly by wire power steering incrementally more direct to your input…the car is less autonomous when you make these changes.
To me, the Taos is better car with these changes but depending on your own driving style and the conditions in which you use your Taos, they may not feel as dramatic and may not change your view of how to most enjoyably drive your Taos. Direct throttle and dynamic steering ARE different than the settings with which VW delivered your car and change the input mapping being applied to the two major electrical fly-by-wire driver controls.
My take on the Taos is that it is a well executed car that approaches the sub compact SUV segment in typical VW Group fashion. It’s the Golf of the category and is perched narrowly on an engineering balance between economy, performance and the expectations of an audience that views their daily driver more as an appliance than many of the other current market segments.
Audi, BWM and Mercedes have the luxury of living at the high end of the SUV market of each model…leaving VW to the tougher job of battling the Asian auto industry on the price/value entry level front, it seems.
The Taos is German designed, production engineered in China, assembled in Mexico and targeted at a North American market niche. What could possibly go wrong