Volkswagen Eos Review
The 2014 Volkswagen Eos ranks 19 out of 22 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Volkswagen Eos, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2014 Volkswagen Eos woos automotive journalists with its nifty retractable hardtop and upscale interior, but it also lacks the athletic handling of other convertibles in the class.
The Eos comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that test drivers say is responsive and powerful. A six-speed automated manual transmission is standard, and offers smooth, brisk shifts, they say. The Eos gets an EPA-estimated 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Test drivers find that the Eos offers crisp steering, solid brakes and a steady ride. Still, some reviewers note that other convertibles in the class are more athletic. The 2014 Eos comes with safety features like a rollover protection system, which deploys steel bars to protect rear passengers in a rollover crash. Also standard is Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System, which automatically unlocks doors, turns on hazard lights and cuts the fuel line in the event of a collision.
While some critics balk at the price tag, others say that the 2014 VW Eos is a good value because of its retractable hard top and luxurious interior. They especially like the Eos’ built-in panoramic sunroof, which they say offers a convenient alternative to putting the top all the way down. Reviewers find the interior to be luxurious, with upscale materials and supportive seats. The rear seats are tight, test drivers say, though this is a common complaint with convertibles. The trunk is very impractical and doesn’t provide much space due to an awkward design, reviewers say. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, iPod integration, Bluetooth, satellite radio, touch-screen navigation and an eight-speaker CD audio system. Available features include push-button start, a rearview camera, a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system and rear parking sensors.
- "The 2014 Volkswagen Eos is not an enthusiast's dream, but it's a solid value if you're in the market for a convertible with a real back seat. Although the Eos may be more expensive than other competing soft-top convertibles, it is priced competitively with more upscale hardtops without giving up much luxury." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Although the Eos is a front-wheel-drive convertible with a faint resemblance to the Jetta sedan, the cheapest model starts at over $36,000. That's a lot of coin for a car that's considerably slower than the Ford Mustang V6 convertible, which costs many thousands less." -- AutoTrader
- "While most of us would love to own a convertible, the practicality of having one as our only car pretty much kills the dream. However, the 2014 Volkswagen Eos convertible is an exception to the rule, offering seating for more than two passengers, a quiet and comfortable cabin and the security of a hardtop roof." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Volkswagen Eos deserves more consideration than it gets. With the features and build quality of more expensive luxury models, the VW Eos is a smart choice for drop-top sun seekers." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Eos' strengths are a comfortable ride, fine handling, and the choice of open-air driving or hardtop security. Its weaknesses include a tight rear seat and minimal cargo room. Overall, Eos bests its main 4-seat retractable-hardtop-convertible competitors." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
Like the Eos, the Volkswagen Beetle convertible comes with a number of standard features, including heated front seats and an iPod interface. The Beetle convertible also starts at a lower base price, and is available with a turbodiesel engine that gets great fuel economy.
The two-seat Nissan 370Z is available in coupe and roadster body styles. It offers a powerful V6 engine and reviewers are impressed with its agile handling and sporty interior.
Details: 2014 VW Eos
The 2014 Volkswagen Eos is a hardtop convertible that seats four and has front-wheel drive. It is available in three trims: Komfort, Sport and Executive. All models are equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed automated manual transmission. The Eos was last redesigned for the 2012 model year and sees few changes for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 model years.
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