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in 2009 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,611 - $14,386
Original MSRP: $31,615 - $35,200
MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy
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2009 Volkswagen Eos Interior

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The passenger cabin of the 2009 Volkswagen Eos seems like it belongs in a more expensive car. The rear seats are clearly not meant for adults, but the front seats are comfortable, and the standard equipment list is long and upscale. The standard stereo doesn't carry off the upscale vibe, but an upgrade is available.

  • "Interior materials are of high quality, and the Eos' fit and finish is tough to beat in its class. The downside is, there isn't much storage space." -- Edmunds
  • "High-quality interior has many soft-touch surfaces. Some test examples suffered from a few squeaks near where the top connects to the windshield." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Mostly, the upscale interior is as functional as it is beautiful." -- Newsday
  • "The Eos' interior is more attractively designed and better put together than those of some cars we've driven with sticker prices twice as much." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior is impressively striking, easily one-upping the current like-priced competition." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The front seats of the Eos suit adults of all shapes and sizes comfortably, according to reviewers. The rear seats, however, are difficult to access. VW says the Eos seats four -- there is no rear middle seat -- but many reviewers say that it isn't practical for four on long trips.

  • "Thankfully, VW designed the car for just four. Even then, those two in the back seats might feel cramped. Trying to cram in three folks would have been criminal." -- Sacramento Bee
  • "While front passengers will most likely find the Eos spacious enough, adults in the backseat might feel cramped." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are supportive with firm side bolstering for lateral stability. The standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel aids driver comfort." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Eos treats front passengers well." -- About.com
  • "Despite the varying sizes of our editors and the beefy bolsters that served to limit the seats' width, the front buckets in our Eos allowed each staffer to find a suitable driving position." -- Autobytel
  • "The Eos' interior has ample adjustments, including seat height for the driver and lumbar for both front seats (manual or powered, depending on the trim level)."  -- Cars.com
  • "Though it's a small car, the Eos seats four, and getting into the back seat is relatively easy." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Two adults can survive the back seat, assuming that those in front are considerate enough to move forward a bit. It also helps if you are less than 5-foot-10." -- New York Times

Interior Features

Volkswagen is earning a reputation for offering ergonomically-designed passenger cabins that feature materials commonly found only on luxury cars. The Eos' cabin rarely fails to impress. However, the standard stereo is shoehorned into the car awkwardly -- the CD changer is housed in the center armrest. The optional upgraded stereo, on the other hand, is quite impressive. For 2009, VW has replaced a nav system that few liked with a new touchscreen model.

  • "Clear gauges complement mostly handy, intuitive controls. Navigation system absorbs some audio controls, complicating their use, but climate controls are separate." -- Consumer Guide
  • "All Eos trim levels are pretty well-equipped." -- MSN
  • "Eos offers VW's storied interior design and materials quality." -- Cars.com
  • Having the CD in the armrest results in "a shortage of center console storage." The stereo has an "annoying requirement that the driver promise Volkswagen's lawyers every time the car is started not to allow the radio to distract from driving. The driver who refuses to promise by pressing the 'I accept' button will be prohibited from changing the radio station." -- Newsday
  • "The optional 10-speaker, 600-watt audio system produces a full, natural sound that's among the best we've heard." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The trunk of the Eos is tiny. With the hardtop up, it offers 10.5 cubic feet of space -- well below what most midsize cars can claim. With the top down, it offers just 6.6 cubic feet.

  • "In good weather you can always put the top down and stow bulky objects in the rear seat. There's also a pass-through from the trunk to the rear seats for skis." -- BusinessWeek
  • "A solid divider, which moves out of the way for easier loading, makes it plainly obvious how much real estate belongs to cargo and how much belongs to the roof. If you pack too much the divider won't snap into place and the roof won't lower." -- About.com

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