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MSRP: $35,795 - $42,335
Invoice: $34,363 - $40,642
MPG: 22 City / 30 Hwy
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Volkswagen Eos Review

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos ranks 25 out of 41 Affordable Small 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.

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The 2015 Volkswagen Eos’ small rear seat and trunk disappoint some critics, but they like its innovative convertible top and high-end interior materials.

Reviewers write that the 2015 VW Eos’ turbocharged four-cylinder engine is responsive, but some note that the car’s heavy curb weight means that acceleration is adequate. A six-speed automated manual transmission is standard, which earns praise for its quick gear changes. The 2015 Eos gets an EPA-estimated 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is fair for the class. Critics enjoy the Eos’ comfortable ride, responsive steering and strong brakes, and they note that its handling is composed, but not particularly sporty. As a result, some say that the Eos is better for cruising than corner carving.

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos’ attractive interior design, first-rate materials and luxury-caliber build quality appeal to critics. They also appreciate the Eos’ supportive front seats and user-friendly controls. However, auto writers note that like many convertibles, the Eos has a cramped back seat and a small trunk. Standard features in the 2015 VW Eos include heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a touch-screen navigation system, an iPod input, Bluetooth, satellite radio, an eight-speaker sound system and a power-retractable convertible top with a built-in panoramic glass sunroof. Available features include leather upholstery, push-button start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system.

  • "Designed more as a cruiser than a sports car, the Eos nonetheless features a strong engine, a refined ride and plenty of luxury and technology features." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2015 Volkswagen Eos deserves more consideration than it gets. With the features and build quality of more expensive luxury convertibles, the VW Eos is a smart choice for drop-top sun seekers." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

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The Audi A3 convertible gets better fuel economy than the Eos, and it’s available with all-wheel drive. Critics appreciate the A3’s easy-to-use infotainment system, as well as its elegant interior design.

The Mini Cooper Convertible has comfortable front seats and zippy performance.  It also gets good fuel economy.

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Details: 2015 VW Eos

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos is a four-seat hardtop convertible that comes in Komfort, Final Edition and Executive trims. All models are equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automated manual transmission and front-wheel drive. 2015 is the Eos’ final model year in production. The Eos has not been fully redesigned since it was introduced for the 2007 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2007 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 12/9/14

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