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Volkswagen Eos Review

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos ranks 18 out of 27 Affordable Compact 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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Quality cabin materials and an inventive convertible top earn critics' praise, but not the small trunk and rear seat.

Test drivers find the four-cylinder engine powering the 2015 VW Eos responsive, but they say acceleration is merely acceptable because of the Eos' substantial weight. A six-speed automated manual transmission is standard, and critics applaud its rapid gear shifts. Fuel economy for the 2015 Eos is reasonable for the class at an EPA-estimated 22/30 mpg city/highway. 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.

Automotive journalists are attracted to the appealing cabin design, premium materials, and luxury-caliber construction in the 2015 VW Eos. They find the front seats comfortable, but as is common with convertibles they find the back seat cramped. Critics say the trunk is small, but they find the controls easy to use. 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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Other Cars to Consider

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: 4/15/15

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