The Eos might not be an enthusiast’s dream car, but it’s a solid value if you’re in the market for a convertible with a real back seat. The base model undercuts the price of several other four-seat, retractable-hard-top convertibles while delivering an excellent open-air experience. Riding on the same versatile platform that underpins VW’s other compact offerings, the Eos handles well and rides with a pleasant suppleness, and engineers were able to keep the loss of structural rigidity to a minimum. But it’s the engine—a refined and energetic turbocharged four-cylinder—that gives the Eos its star quality. Volkswagen’s six-speed dual-clutch transmission is a sporty, engaging alternative to a conventional automatic. Inside, the Eos boasts a level of refinement that transcends its price; the cabin far surpasses that of the Chrysler 200 convertible in terms of fit and finish. The five-piece glass-and-steel roof lowers in twenty-five seconds with the push of a button. If you’re in the mood for a bit less wind and sun, this Volkswagen can manage that, too. All Eos models come with a sunroof that tilts and slides open. At 44 inches wide, it’s larger than the sunroofs in most fixed-roof cars. Cargo space is generous with the top up, but top-down weekend trips with four people will require packing lightly, as trunk space shrinks significantly with the top stowed.
Trim levelS: Komfort, Lux, Executive
Body style: Convertible, 4-passenger
Engine: 2.0L turbo I-4, 200 hp, 207 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic
Passenger volume: 77.4 cu ft
Cargo volume: (top up/down) 10.5/6.6 cu ft
Changes are largely limited to minor cosmetic massaging. The face has a more substantial look with less chrome and a thinner grille. The six-speed manual is no longer available; the six-speed dual-clutch automatic is standard. There is a new executive package that adds leather seats, eighteen-inch wheels, a sport suspension, navigation, and a ten-speaker Dynaudio stereo.
Standard equipment includes ABS, front and side air bags, tire-pressure monitoring, and traction and stability control. In the event of a collision or rollover, two spring-loaded aluminum posts deploy from behind the rear-seat head restraints in a quarter of a second to help protect rear passengers.
All: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway
- Folding hardtop has a sunroof
- Torquey engine
- Spacious rear seats
- No manual transmission
- Minimal trunk space
The perfect wheels for worshipping the sun.
- BMW 1-series
- Chrysler 200
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