2012 Volkswagen Eos vs. Its Competition

2012 Volkswagen Eos 2-door Convertible Komfort SULEV Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Hardtop convertibles start expensive and go up from there, but the Eos has some competition at the low end of four-seat convertibles from the Chrysler 200, which got some much-needed refinement last year, but still suffers from a wiggly body and lackluster handling.

The Volvo C70 doesn't feel as tightly constructed as the Eos, and its turbo five-cylinder isn't as refined, though its ride is more settled.

While the Eos is a fuel sipper, it's not as economical as a soft-top MINI Cooper Convertible, and not nearly as much fun to drive, though the VW is a lot larger inside.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2012 Volkswagen Eos convertible underplays its hand too much--the styling's not nearly as grabby as its turbo power and its smart handling.
8.4
The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.
8.2
With a healthy dash of Scandinavian style and Volvo's excellent reputation for safety, the 2012 C70 makes a solid all-around choice for a hardtop convertible.
8.6
Part hatchback, part convertible, and all fun, the 2012 MINI Cooper Convertible is in a class by itself--literally.
6.4
MSRP From    
$34,350$34,900$40,450$24,950$26,390
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I5Gas 4-CylGas I5
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompactMinicompactMinicompact car
Style Name    
2-Door Convertible Komfort SULEV4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV2-Door Convertible T52-Door2-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 ConvertibleSedan2 Door ConvertibleConvertible2 Door Convertible
Transmission    
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticManualAutomatic w/OD