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2013 Volkswagen Eos Interior

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The cabin of the 2013 Volkswagen Eos receives unanimous praise from critics for its high-end materials, understated design and superb build quality.

  • "Redesigned controls - both along the steering wheel and center dashboard - differentiate the 2012 and 2013 Eos from earlier years. Chrome-flecked switches now operate the windows and headlights. Apart from that, the cabin carries the same conservative styling and upscale materials as before." -- Cars.com
  • "The interior of the 2013 VW Eos is more intelligently designed and better assembled than cars we've driven costing twice as much." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2012)
  • "The cockpit is generic VW, with good build quality, fine materials and good ergonomics. Oh, and terrific seats." -- AutoWeek (2012)

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Seating

As with most convertibles, auto critics say the Eos’ front seats are spacious and the back seat is cramped. This is typical of hardtop convertibles though, because the roof housing eats into the back-seat space. Faux-leather seats and heated front seats are standard, and leather-trimmed seats and 12-way power-adjustable front seats are available on higher trims.

  • "Front passengers will find the Eos spacious enough, but adults in the backseat won't want to stay there long." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The Lux and Executive trims' premium leather seating and 12-way power-adjustable front seats (including 4-way power-adjustable lumbar) are supremely comfortable. …" -- 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 (2012)
  • "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 (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Volkswagen Eos comes standard with dual-zone climate control, HD Radio, iPod integration, an auxiliary audio jack, Bluetooth, satellite radio and an eight-speaker CD audio system. Although there are only four airbags that protect the front-seat occupants, the Eos comes standard with a rollover protection system for the rear seats, which deploys steel beams from behind the rear-seat head restraints in an accident. The Eos also has Volkswagen’s crash response system. In a crash, the system automatically shuts off the fuel supply, turns on the hazard lights and unlocks the doors. Available features include push-button start, navigation, a rearview camera and 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system.

The VW Eos has a 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.

Reviewers think the Eos’ tech features are easy to use, with one saying the different menus have intuitive navigation. One test driver says the touch screen is hard to see in bright light, especially with the top down. The optional audio system receives positive comments for its impressive sound quality.

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  • "The available 10-speaker, 600-watt audio system produces a full, natural sound that's among the best we've heard." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2012)
  • "The glass pop-and-slide moonroof built into the convertible top is, frankly, awesome." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
  • "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 (2012)
  • "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 (2012)

Cargo

There’s 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the Eos 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 (2012)
  • "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 (2012)
  • "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 (2012)
  • "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 (2012)

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