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MSRP: $35,795 - $42,335
Invoice: $34,363 - $40,642
MPG: 22 City / 30 Hwy
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Volkswagen Eos Performance

Though it isn’t the sportiest car in the class, test drivers say the 2015 Volkswagen Eos offers a smooth ride and a pleasant all-around driving experience.

  • "The 2014 Volkswagen Eos is for drivers who want a relaxed touring convertible rather than a sporty one. Whether you're cruising the boulevards or coastal highways, the Eos delivers a comfortable and composed ride." -- Edmunds (2014)
  • "Although the Eos is no GTI, it still proves quite competent when the road begins to twist and turn." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos comes with a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automated manual transmission. According to the EPA, the 2015 Eos gets 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is good for a convertible.

Reviewers write that the Eos’ engine is lively, but some also point out that the car is heavy, so overall acceleration isn’t particularly strong. However, they do praise the transmission for its lightning-fast gear changes.

  • "… while it feels peppy when you hit the accelerator, after an initial downshift and squat, the engine labors to scoot the 3,508-pound car around." -- Autoblog
  • "Although the 2015 VW Eos' turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is smooth and strong enough to motivate the convertible with satisfactory speed, the retractable hardtop and its associated mechanicals aren't light, so acceleration leans more toward relaxed than urgent." -- Edmunds
  • "When we drove the Eos, we praised the ‘peppy powertrain’ and ‘bullet-quick’ transmission." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "The 2.0T 4-cylinder engine is featured in seemingly every car VW makes these days, and for good reason: It's a pleasantly refined little engine that packs a consistent punch across the rev range. We think it suits the laid-back nature of the Eos quite well." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Handling and Braking

While some don’t consider it particularly athletic, most automotive journalists report that the 2015 VW Eos has a comfortable ride and composed handling. The Final Edition and Executive trims have sport-tuned suspensions, and test drivers point out that they make the Eos slightly more agile. The Eos’ responsive steering and strong brakes also earn praise from reviewers.

  • "The Final Edition and Executive models have a firmer suspension tune that gives the car better balance around turns." -- Edmunds
  • "Riding on the same versatile platform that underpins Volkswagen's other compact offerings, the Eos handles well and rides with a pleasant suppleness, and engineers were able to keep the loss of structural rigidity to a minimum." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "The Eos model's soft underpinnings make it a suboptimal choice for enthusiastic cornering, even with the Executive model's sport-tuned suspension. But if you simply intend to cruise around and soak up the rays, the easy-riding Eos will be a great companion." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "Braking is swift and sure, with just the right amount of power assist and smooth, progressive pedal action." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 11/21/14

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