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in 2012 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $20,437 - $25,765
Original MSRP: $34,350 - $39,585
MPG: 22 City / 30 Hwy
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2012 Volkswagen Eos Interior

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Reviewers agree that the 2012 Volkswagen Eos’ interior is filled with high-quality materials and has superb build quality. A generous list of standard tech features and a power moonroof that’s integrated into the power-retractable hardtop are also well-liked among most test drivers. Reviewer gripes include a cramped back seat and impractical trunk.

  • "The 2012 Volkswagen Eos' interior is more intelligently designed and better assembled than cars we've driven costing twice as much." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior is nicely finished and user friendly." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The girl in me swooned over the Eos' interior styling with a black-colored dash and the most gorgeous shade of red leather seats I'd ever laid eyes on. Its Executive trim level is apropos because everything inside the Eos feels fancy and expensive." -- Mother Proof
  • "The cockpit is generic VW, with good build quality, fine materials and good ergonomics. Oh, and terrific seats." -- AutoWeek
  • "Interior materials are high-quality and overall fit and finish is excellent." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Auto critics say that only the driver and front passenger will be comfortable in the VW Eos. This isn’t a huge surprise though, as most convertible back seats are cramped because the roof housing eats into the space. Many reviewers say the front seats are plenty comfortable though, so if you don’t have back-seat passengers often, you should be happy with the Eos.

  • "Front passengers will find the Eos spacious enough, but adults in the backseat won't want to stay there long." -- Edmunds
  • "As it has to accommodate much of the retractable top's mechanicals, the Eos' rear seat is understandably narrow and not much use for grown adults." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There is good interior room for adults, even with the top up. I gave two taller folks a ride home in the Eos with the roof raised, and while the front passenger had to give up a bit of legroom, both said they were comfortable. Getting out isn't easy for rear passengers, though, because the Eos is a coupe." -- Cars.com
  • "The 2012 Eos is a two-door convertible that seats four, though the backseat is more a formality than something functional." -- Mother Proof
  • "It accommodates two with good space, and four in a pinch, though we wouldn't recommend it for four adults beyond a quick jaunt to the beach on a sunny day." -- New Car Test Drive

Interior Features

The 2012 Volkswagen Eos comes with a good amount of standard tech features, but reviewers are most impressed with its power-retractable hardtop, which they consider a high-tech feature by itself.

Bluetooth, satellite radio and iPod integration are standard, and most auto critics like the Eos’ electronics for being easy to use, though no one calls its interior tech innovative. One test driver says the LCD screen is hard to see, especially with the top down. See the full list of 2012 Volkswagen Eos specs.

The VW Eos has a sleek, five-piece hardtop that retracts at the push of a button. Reviewers especially like that the top panel is made of glass, and is a power tilt and sliding moonroof when you don’t want to put down the entire top. Sensors in the back of the car will even tell you if you don’t have enough space behind the car where you’re parked to put the top down.

  • "The car's cabin tech is good, without being ground-breaking. The Eos doesn't offer the connected-app strides made by Audi models. The navigation, phone, and music systems all feel solid. However, this technology is the same as found in the much less expensive Jetta." -- CNET
  • "The glass pop-and-slide moonroof built into the convertible top is, frankly, awesome." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "I especially appreciated being able to toggle between different screens on the navigation system, which showed fuel consumption, navigation instructions, phone commands and audio information. The interfaces were easy to use, and all displays were not only handy but also attractive." -- Mother Proof
  • "The chief attraction of the Eos is its five-piece retractable hardtop, which includes an integrated sunroof section that tilts and slides for times when you don't want full exposure. It's a pretty cool feature that is still surprisingly unique to the Eos. When you want the total sun-and-breeze experience, the top drops in a respectable 25 seconds and requires 16 inches of rear clearance to operate properly. Fortunately, rear sensors sound if you don't have enough room." -- Edmunds
  • "The LCD screen isn't shielded from sunlight, and it's neither bright enough nor glare-free enough for easy reading during mid-day drives with the top down." -- New Car Test Drive

Cargo

The trunk in the Volkswagen Eos is small, but that’s typical of convertibles because the roof has to fold down into it. There’s 10.5 cubic feet of space with the roof up, but drop the top and cargo space diminishes to only 6.6 cubic feet. There is a back-seat pass-through for longer items though. Test drivers say the trunk is practically unusable and even storage space in the cabin is lacking.

  • "The retractable hardtop cuts into the trunk and cramps rear passengers, but then, they all do." -- AutoWeek
  • "The trunk shroud divides the usable space in the trunk, even if you don't plan to lower the top. The largest item you can load in still has to fit under the shroud. The remaining space can only be occupied by smaller items on top or around its edge." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Then, the mom in me laughed out loud when I noticed the lack of storage and limited cargo space in the car. I know, I know ... in a convertible like the Eos, the only things that should be carried with you are a Hermes scarf, oversized sunglasses and a hotel confirmation for a poolside room in Palm Springs. But seriously, there's not even a full-sized storage bin under the center armrest." -- Mother Proof
  • "If you want a real sense of claustrophobia, check out the trunk. Convertibles often have small trunks, but the Eos takes this to a whole new level. … The trunk's opening is pretty large, but vast swaths of the space are practically unusable no matter what you do with the roof. That's because Volkswagen has marked areas of the trunk that would seem usable with big ‘don't put items here’ stickers." -- Cars.com

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