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2012 Volkswagen Eos Comfort & Quality

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Volkswagen's Eos is one of the few four-seat convertibles priced below $30,000. The Mustang and Chrysler 200 are still out there, too, but we think the Eos is the most comfortable of all, even though it's still basically a 2+2.

The front seats are the place to be in the Eos. The driver gets a great bucket seat with a driving position that's a bit more laid-back than in, say, the Passat. Both front seats have better shaping and bolstering than on the related Golf hatchback, too.

Two passengers will love the VW Eos' supple interior and folding hardtop; two more will put up with skimpy leg room for a while, right?

In the back seat, there's enough space to fit medium-sized adults for short trips, but it's still better used as luggage space for those up front. There's not much leg room in back, which forces the driver and front passenger to move their seats up close to the dash.

Volkswagen's folding hardtop wins over the Chrysler 200's optional hardtop. It just doesn't get any better than this. 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. The convertible roof also has a setting that opens the front section only like a sunroof. And with the top stowed away, cargo capacity remains a decent (for the class) 6.6 cubic feet, which is enough for an overhead-bin-sized suitcase.

Otherwise, the story is pretty impressive inside. Materials and trims are top-notch, with more premium look and feel that's only rivaled in VW's product line in the CC sedan (and possibly the Touareg). Ride quality is firm but supple enough to soak up medium-sized potholes. Some road noise is present, but it's not any more than you'd notice in sporty coupes that don't have the Eos's convertible top.

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