I was considering: Audi Q3; BMW X1/X2; Volvo XC 40 and (perhaps strangely) Bronco Sport.
We were looking for something that would be good for a couple of long trips before we get an ID4 (if they ever get to us). Considered Rav4, CRV, and one of the Subaru, but happened into the VW dealer just to see if the Taos was roomy enough for a tall driver. It was, and I bought it. We had a 2011 Tiguan from new until 2016, and it was an excellent vehicle. The Taos is a little bigger and a good fit for us.
I expected to lease my 4th Passat...but there was no availability when I was ready . I have thought about getting a AWD in the past, but didn't want to take the big hit with gas mileage. Drove the Taos, and loved it. I expect to love it more during the next Syracuse winter. Had real equity left in my lease, which will never happen again, so I took advantage of the situation. Only downside is, gotta sell a set of Blizzaks 235 45R18 used one season. Would have fit the Passat but not the Taos.