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Used Car: 2010 Volkswagen Eos Review

Review Last Updated: 7/20/12

The 2010 Volkswagen Eos is a hardtop convertible that has a pleasing ride, comfortable handling and an upscale interior, but the CC is generally outdone by rivals with better handling, more power and stronger reliability ratings.

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When it was new, critics said the 2010 Volkswagen Eos was a fine car for cruising the boulevard, and that its retractable hardtop with an integrated power sunroof makes it a convertible for all seasons. However, those looking for a convertible that is fun to drive may be better off with one of the Eos’ competitors, as many have better performance. The Eos has a top safety score, but it rates poorly in terms of reliability, so it may not be very dependable when compared with other 2010 midsize cars.

The Eos is powered by a 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Critics said the Eos will be powerful enough for many drivers, but those looking for strong performance will probably be disappointed. They also said that for a front-wheel drive car that is largely tuned for comfort, the Eos has decent handling. However, it’s not ideal if you’re looking for back-road thrills. The Eos’ fuel economy is fairly good for the class. With a manual transmission, it averages 21/31 mpg city/highway, while those outfitted with the dual-clutch automatic average 22/29 mpg. Like most hardtop convertibles, the Eos has a fairly small trunk when the top is up, and even less trunk space when the top is down. The Eos can carry 10.5 cubic feet of cargo with the top up and just 6.6 when it is stowed.

Inside, reviewers liked the Eos’ design and high-quality materials. They also found the front seats to be very comfortable, while most said that the back seats were okay for short trips. The base Komfort model comes standard with heated front seats, an eight-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input jack, satellite radio and Bluetooth. Up-level Lux trims add leather seats, while features like an upgraded stereo, navigation with a 30-gigabyte hard drive and parking sensors were optional when the Eos was new.

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Other Cars to Consider

Like the Eos, the 2010 Volvo C70 is a front-wheel drive convertible with a retractable hardtop. The C70 isn’t a high-performance vehicle either, but its refined handling and upscale interior should satisfy most convertible shoppers. The C70’s safety score is top-notch and it carries a better reliability rating than the Eos.

If you’re looking for something a little sportier, you may like the 2010 Audi A5. Critics said the A5 has nimble, athletic handling, especially models with all-wheel drive. Its top is a soft top, which means that it doesn’t occupy as much trunk space when it is retracted. Additionally, used car shoppers may prefer the A5’s higher reliability score.

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