2011 Volkswagen Eos vs. Its Competition

2011 Volkswagen Eos 2-door Convertible Lux SULEV Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2011 Volkswagen C70 is more handsomely built than the Eos, but not necessarily as structurally tight; and its range of turbocharged engines isn’t as refined.

The Volvo has a more settled, mature ride than the VW, though.

The Chrysler Sebring—now called the Chrysler 200 but not all that different—also offers a folding hardtop, but even after all its changes for this year it’s not in the same league as the Eos in terms of fit and finish.

The BMW 3-Series Convertible is in a whole other price range, but you get what you pay for, with a large leap ahead in driving refinement and high-performance driving poise.

One strong argument for the Eos is fuel economy; it's one of the more efficient convertibles—except for the very small but fun Mini Cooper S Convertible.

There’s officially no New Beetle Convertible offered for 2011, but there are quite a few 2010 models left over; the New Beetle, actually is pretty enjoyable in soft top form, but it’s nowhere near as sophisticated and fun to drive as the Eos.

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Quick Specs
8.0
If you’re alright sinking into anonymity but want a delightful top-down experience with an excellent all-season folding top, the 2011 Volkswagen Eos is it.
8.4
The 2011 BMW 3-Series continues the tradition of excellent handling, brisk performance, and high quality, though its relatively compact size does result in some compromises.
8.2
Attractively restyled this year, the 2011 Volvo C70—a coupe that becomes a convertible—offers a strong overall package with a clean, pleasant interior.
8.6
The 2011 MINI Cooper/Convertible runs the gamut from smart econobox to thrusty sports convertible--all with unmatched driving feel and expertly interpreted styling heritage.
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MSRP From    
$32,940$34,600$39,950$19,400$26,390
Gas Mileage    
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Turbocharged Gas I5Gas 4-CylGas I5
EPA Class    
SubcompactCompactSubcompactMinicompactMinicompact car
Style Name    
2-Door Convertible Manual Komfort SULEV4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV2-Door Convertible Automatic2-Door Coupe2-Door Automatic
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45444
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
2 Door Convertible4 Door Sedan2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe2 Door Convertible
Transmission    
ManualManualAutomaticManualAutomatic w/OD