The Volkswagen Eos is substantially updated for 2012, with minor styling changes, a simplified model line and more standard equipment. It remains a convertible for all seasons, and quite practical to boot. With its glass-and-metal folding hardtop closed, the Eos is as quiet and snug as a small coupe. When the weather warms, it's a four-seat convertible at the touch of a button. For the in-between, the forward portion of the roof slides rearward, like a big sunroof. The least expensive of three Eos trim levels comes very well equipped. All are economical to operate, comfortable (at least for front passengers), maneuverable and lively to drive.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent J.P. Vettraino reported from Detroit.
Model Line Overview
Volkswagen Eos Komfort ($33,995); Eos Lux ($37,250); Eos Executive ($39,220)
200-hp 2.0-liter inline 4
Safety equipment (standard):
front-impact airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags with head protection, roll-over sensor with automatic rear roll bar, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control with traction control, tire-pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):
Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), headlight washers, Park Distance Control (PDC)
3 years/36,000 miles with scheduled maintenance
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Volkswagen Eos Komfort ($33,995)
V-Tex leatherette upholstery, metallic plastic trim, heated front seats with 12-way power adjustment for driver and eight-way manual adjustment for front passenger, dual-zone automatic climate control with cabin pollen filter, eight-speaker audio with six-CD changer, Sirrius satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary input and touch-screen controls, manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel with leather rim and redundant audio controls, power windows, power heated outside mirrors, power locks with remote, cruise control, two 12-volt power points, floor mats, removable wind blocker, heated windshield washer jets, halogen headlights, fog lights, LED taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.0-liter dual overhead cam 16-valve turbocharged inline-4 with direct fuel injection
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
200 @ 5100
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
207 @ 1800
6-speed dual-clutch automatic with sequential manual shift feature
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
10.5 cu. ft.
independent with struts and stabilizer bar
independent four-link with coil springs and stabilizer bar
vented disc/disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of July 10, 2011.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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