2011 Volkswagen Eos Performance

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All 2011 Volkswagen Eos convertibles come with the same engine: a 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. With either the six-speed manual or dual-clutch (DSG) automatic transmission, the front-wheel-drive Eos has strong acceleration and good responsiveness, thanks to its flexible engine, which makes plenty of torque across the rev-range

While the Eos might look like a relaxed cruiser-convertible, it handles better than the image suggests—firm enough to power through tricky corners, planted in higher-speed sweepers, and remarkably secure-feeling for a front-driver. Dynamically it's no sports car, but with quick steering, strong, reassuring brakes, and the responsive DSG transmission, it feels very eager. That's no mistake; in a class of overweight convertibles, the Eos is one of the lightest, at about 3,500 pounds.

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