2013 Volkswagen Eos vs. Its Competition

2013 Volkswagen Eos
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2013 Volkswagen Eos lands in a perplexing middle ground--more expensive than basic drop-tops like the Chrysler 200 Convertible, Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, and MINI Cooper Convertible but well below the BMW 1-Series Convertible and Volvo C70.

The Chrysler 200 Convertible still feels cut-rate in refinement and interior materials, and it 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.

For 2013, the Volkswagen Beetle gets updated to match the new-generation Coupe that made its debut last year.

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Quick Specs
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Get past the understated look of the 2013 Volkswagen Eos, and you'll find its turbo powertrain, smart handling, and refined, roomy interior to be a delightful combination.
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The 2013 BMW 1-Series is part small luxury coupe, part sports car, and if you're okay with a tight interior and a sometimes-frustrating iDrive, you'll find happiness.
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The 2013 Beetle Turbo and TDI rightfully stir some excitement, especially with new convertible variants offered, but the base model's still a bit boring.
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The 2013 Volvo C70 is neither a serious sports car nor a high-clout cruiser, but it's a comfortable, upscale convertible that feels luxurious without being too ostentatious.
MSRP From    
$34,650$31,500$19,995$41,200$25,150
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Gas I5Turbocharged Gas I5Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsSubcompactSubcompact carSubcompactMinicompact
Style Name    
2-Door Convertible Komfort SULEV2-Door Coupe 128i SULEV2-Door Manual 2.5L PZEV2-Door Convertible T52-Door
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
44444
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/A2N/AN/A
Body Style    
2 Door ConvertibleCoupeCoupeConvertibleConvertible
Transmission    
Automatic w/manual shiftManualManualAutomaticManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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