2015 Volkswagen Eos

#61 in Used Small Cars $14K and up Overall Score: 7.5 / 10
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2015 Volkswagen Eos Overview

There’s nothing quite like the Volkswagen Eos on the market. VW’s compact drop-top is one of only a few nonluxury convertibles that can seat four, and it’s the only one that features ...

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Pros & Cons


  • Crisp, clean interior
  • Well-designed convertible top



  • Small trunk
  • Cramped rear seats


Volkswagen Eos Rankings and Research

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos ranking is based on its score within the Used Small Cars $14K and up category. Currently the Volkswagen Eos has a score of 7.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 87 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 7.5
Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: 8.6
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 3_0


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2015 Volkswagen Eos Review

By Carter Macleod September 8, 2016

There’s nothing quite like the Volkswagen Eos on the market. VW’s compact drop-top is one of only a few nonluxury convertibles that can seat four, and it’s the only one that features a combination hardtop and sunroof. If that’s the niche you’re after, a used 2015 Eos is certainly an option. However, the segment has a few much more attractive and exciting alternatives that deserve a look, such as the nimble 2015 Mini Cooper and Audi A3 convertibles.

Available solely as a two-door four-seat convertible, the 2015 Volkswagen Eos features a torquey four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed double-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. When the Eos was first reviewed, experts enjoyed its nimble yet soft suspension and smooth engine, but they said the convertible was much more of a laid-back cruiser than an exciting sports car.

Inside, the 2015 Eos offers clean interior designs and comfy front seats. However, it noticeably lacks sufficient rear-seat space, and its features have begun to show their age. According to our analysis of the data that drives our rankings, the 2015 Volkswagen Eos scores marginally overall, outshined by some of its newer rivals.

2015 marks the last year of the Volkswagen Eos convertible (which was introduced for 2007 and never saw a major redesign), though shoppers may find similar features in 2014, 2013, and 2012 models.

2015 Eos Performance

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos’ handsome two-door form and retractable hardtop may have screamed “sports car” to some when it debuted, but experts defined it as a much gentler machine. They liked the convertible’s snappy gear shifts and refined suspension, but many felt the turbocharged engine could’ve done with a healthy boost.

Power and Fuel Economy

All 2015 Volkswagen Eos convertibles pack the same engine and transmission combination: a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, which drives the car’s front wheels. The setup delivers 200 horsepower, but that power feels a bit light in the Eos. At just over 3,500 pounds, the Eos is no featherweight, which explains its lackluster acceleration. That said, the dual-clutch transmission provides lightning-fast gear changes, especially with the paddle shifters found in higher trim levels.

Despite the Eos’ more leisurely performance figures, it doesn’t return exceptional fuel economy (22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway). By comparison, the fun-to-drive 2015 Mini Cooper convertible delivers 27 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway, while the more luxurious Audi A3 nabs 24 in the city and 35 on the highway.

Handling and Braking

The Eos starts to make more sense on sunbaked boulevards and slower coastal highways, not because it’s particularly exciting to drive, but because it performs well as a top-down cruiser.

Test drivers commended the Volkswagen’s smooth, refined ride and well-balanced chassis, the latter of which isn’t always a hallmark of convertibles (no fixed roof means less structural rigidity). Initial reviewers said the Eos’ brakes engaged crisply and provided good pedal feel.

All Eos models are fitted with a hill-hold system to keep the car from rolling forward or backward when momentarily stopped on an incline. Power steering also provides different levels of resistance at different speeds, allowing for light steering at slow speeds (think parking lots) and heavy steering at highway cruising speeds.

On base models, the Eos feels relaxed and balanced in turns, though upper-level models corner with more verve thanks to a stiffer suspension tune. Don’t expect sports car handling, though; the Eos is still a rather supple ride. Those intent on carving through every corner would be better served with a 2015 Mini Cooper convertible or a well-balanced Mazda MX-5 Miata.

2015 Eos Interior

The Eos scores reasonably well for its upscale – albeit aging – interior, though it’s the power-folding hardtop that gets the most attention. The hardtop features a large built-in glass sunroof – measuring 44 inches wide by 22 inches long – that allows ample sunlight through. When it is time to put the top down, the five-piece roof tucks away neatly behind the two rear seats (though the process takes a rather long 25 seconds from start to finish).


The 2015 Volkswagen Eos seats four and features leatherette upholstery in its base Komfort trim. The midrange Final Edition trim adds two-tone leather, as does the top-level Executive trim. Both front seats feel comfortable and supportive, offering a generous 41 inches of legroom. However, the rear seats are small and cramped, providing just 32.5 inches of legroom. This isn’t uncommon in compact convertibles, though. Taller passengers will want to sit up front.

Since the Eos has only two doors, an “easy entry” function allows better access to the rear seats. Press a button and the front seats slide forward. Press it again and they return to their last position.

The Eos is comfortable to drive with the top down. Wind entering the cabin at higher speeds is reduced thanks to a diffuser at the windshield’s edge and a deflector that can be mounted behind the second-row seats.

Infotainment System and Navigation

The Eos features a cleanly styled dashboard with logical and uncluttered placement of all its buttons and gauges. However, the Volkswagen doesn’t score highly for its 5-inch touch screen and infotainment system. The system is fairly simple to use, but it’s small compared to newer models. Standard features include navigation, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, and Volkswagen’s Car-Net app service.

If you choose not to drive with the top down, the Eos has a standard dual-zone climate control system, which analyzes sunlight intensity and adjusts the cabin temperature accordingly.


The Eos’ five-piece, power-folding hardtop folds down neatly onto itself, but it slashes usable trunk space from 10.5 cubic feet to just 6.6 cubic feet. As test drivers put it, thoughtful packing is required.

The Eos does add a little more cargo room thanks to a pass-through hatch between the two rear seats, useful for transporting longer objects. There are surely more capable cargo haulers in this segment, such as the Volkswagen Beetle convertible (15.4 cubic feet). But there are also much smaller options, including the teeny 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Fiat 500c, with 5.3 and 5.4 cubic feet of cargo room, respectively.

2015 Eos Trims and Features

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos seats four, comes in a single hardtop convertible body style, and features three trim levels: Komfort, Final Edition, and Executive.

Komfort: The standard Eos is equipped with a power sunroof and convertible top, a wind deflector, leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, hill-hold braking assist, and 17-inch wheels. A 5-inch touch-screen infotainment system is also standard, along with satellite navigation, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.

Final Edition: The midrange Final Edition adds two-tone leather seats, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, paddle shifters, push-button ignition, stiffer suspension settings, 18-inch wheels, and adaptive headlights that can turn up to 15 degrees while rounding corners.

Executive: At the top, the Executive trim adds dark wood interior accents, parking sensors, and a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system.

2015 Eos Safety and Reliability

When the 2015 Volkswagen Eos was new, it earned good crash-test scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all three areas it was tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, however, did not rate the 2015 Eos. Some Eos models come with rearview cameras, rain-sensing wipers, parking sensors, and adaptive headlights, which make them better equipped than most nonluxury roadsters.

As far as predicted reliability is concerned, the 2015 Eos scores a three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, lower than the Audi A3 and tying with the Mini Cooper convertible.

All 2015 Eos models have a transferable three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty (often called “bumper-to-bumper” coverage) and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage. Volkswagen also offers certified pre-owned vehicles. To qualify, a vehicle must be six model years old or newer and have less than 75,000 miles on the odometer. VW offers a two-year/24,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty on all certified pre-owned vehicles.

Other Cars to Consider

The original Mini Cooper set the standard for how fun, sporty, front-wheel-drive cars should handle, and used 2015 Mini Cooper convertibles continue that legacy. The convertible also nets commendable fuel economy at 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

The 2015 Audi A3 convertible offers drop-top seating for four, clean and crisp interior styling, all-wheel drive in some models, and a truly potent 220-horsepower four-cylinder engine.

It may only seat two, but the teensy 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the quintessential summer convertible. Just pack lightly; it only has 5.3 cubic feet of cargo space.  

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