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in 2011 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $17,709 - $19,638
Original MSRP: $32,940 - $36,100
MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy
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2011 Volkswagen Eos Performance

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The 2011 Volkswagen Eos is a practical convertible that drives with a hint of sport thanks to its German-engineered 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower.

But the Eos isn’t perfect. Its fuel economy ratings are so-so and it understeers. 

  • "Most buyers will have no performance complaints," but "the passionate driver will be less satisfied.” -- Car and Driver
  • "This is no sports car," but the Eos' "steering is quick and communicative, and handling is good." -- MSN
  • “The engine runs out of steam at high rpm, so judicious shifting with the manual transmission is required during passing. The automatic transmission can be slow to downshift in standard drive mode but is alert in its sport setting. The suspension is generally compliant, even on rough pavement. Sharp bumps can pound through the cabin, though. Cowl shake is minimal with the top up and only slightly worse with the top down, indicating solid structure." -- Consumer Guide

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 VW Eos is powered by 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound feet of torque. A six speed automatic transmission is optional. Test drivers say the Eos is no Volkswagen GTI, but they’re still impressed with the amount of power on this convertible.

It comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission or VW's six-speed DSG automatic, which has separate settings for normal driving and sport driving, and can be shifted manually if desired.

Fuel economy isn’t impressive. The EPA says the Eos gets 22/30 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission and 21/31 mpg city/highway with a manual transmission.

  • "The turbo-4 has more weight to contend with here than in other VW products like the GTI, but it's still torquey and capable." -- Edmunds
  • "The engine runs out of steam at high rpm, so judicious shifting with the manual transmission is required during passing. The automatic transmission can be slow to downshift in standard drive mode but is alert in its sport setting." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Out on the open highway the ride was controlled but comfortable, and the 2.0T engine was so smooth that on more than one occasion we were surprised to find ourselves cruising along with the six-speed transmission in fourth gear." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

The 2011 Eos doesn’t have the best handling abilities in the world, but reviewers say its steering capabilities are just fine for the city and highway. Brakes are competent, though some testers say they fade quickly with repeated hard braking.

The Eos is stable on the highway even with the top down, exhibiting little of the body shake common to convertibles at highway speed.

  • "On models without the sport suspension, there's too much body roll and steering vagueness for serious back-roads fun, but the Eos is perfectly pleasant on boulevards thanks to its soft yet composed ride." -- Edmunds
  • "The suspension is generally compliant, even on rough pavement. Sharp bumps can pound through the cabin, though." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Eos actually has decent handling considering its ride quality." -- Car and Driver

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