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Reviewed by Bengt Halvorson
Deputy Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$33,265
BASE MSRP
$34,650
Quick Take
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. Read more »
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The Eos styling is attractive, but ordinary.

MSN Autos »

The Eos seems to be one part Golf, one part Passat, and one part Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Car and Driver »

As a sport coupe, the Eos is impressive. It's simply a very sharp compact car.

European Car »

Its front end sports the new VW wide-mouthed shiny chrome grille, while the back end is assertively sporty.

Edmunds' Inside Line »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$34,650 $41,450
2-Door Convertible SULEV Komfort
Gas Mileage 22 mpg City/30 mpg Hwy
Engine Turbocharged Gas I4, 2.0L
EPA Class Subcompact Cars
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 4
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style Convertible
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The Basics:

What is there between budget rental-car convertibles like the Chrysler 200, more focused drop-top sports cars like the Mazda Miata and Audi TT, and entry luxury convertibles like the BMW 135 convertible or Volvo C70, or muscle ragtops like the Ford Mustang? What lands neatly in that middle ground is the Volkswagen Eos,

While in appearance it's strictly a cruiser, a much more flamboyant personality lurks within—and, in our opinion, the Eos is one of the best-designed (and oft-omitted by shoppers) convertibles on the market.

The 2013 Volkswagen Eos is about as conservative and understated as you can get with a convertible. From the outside it looks designed to offend no one, while it's handsome and straightforward there's nothing all that charming about the design. Inside, the Eos is more charming, with a somewhat swoopier cabin look than other affordable VWs--and better-quality trims and materials.

Every Eos sports a 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (2.0T), paired with either a notchy six-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). The latter gearbox is our pick of the two, because it changes gears smoothly yet very quickly, doubling down on the engine's robust torque curve and bringing out a zippy, responsive feel. Factor in the Eos' light, responsive handling, and it's a lot more fun to drive than it looks.

The Eos is quite comfortable too, if you're a larger adult and if you're sitting in the front seats. The driving position is a bit more laid-back than in the Golf, and the seats feel a bit more plush and better bolstered than in that basic hatchback. While it can carry four adults, the Eos' back seat feels more like the buckets in a cozy 2+2. Trunk space isn't so generous either, though when the roof is raised, a movable trunk liner can be flipped up to carve out a couple more cubic feet of room.

The retractable hardtop arrangement is tight, quick, and nearly flawless. In less than 25 seconds, a total of eight electric motors work in conjunction to unlatch the roof from the windshield header and flip and fold it under the metal trunk lid.

New for 2013 is a Sport trim that lands just above the base Komfort model but priced below the mid-range Lux. It includes a lowered sport suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, front fog lamps, and an eight-speaker touch-screen audio system. It also gets black exterior mirrors, a rear spoiler, brushed stainless-steel pedals, and adaptive front lighting with bi-xenon headlamps. And at the top of the lineup, the Executive includes a rearview camera system, a navigation system, a different 'Kansas' alloy wheel design, and 600-watt Dynaudio premium audio with ten speakers and HD Radio.

Likes:

  • Well-designed folding hardtop
  • Responsive dual-clutch transmission
  • Premium interior appointments
  • Responsive ride and handling

Dislikes:

  • Anonymous exterior
  • Tight trunk space
  • Noisy wind deflector
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