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Pop-up roll bars and parking sensors add more safety to the VW Eos.
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'Good,' frontal impact; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' rear impact

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Every Volkswagen Eos comes with standard anti-lock brakes and stability control, as well as airbags that protect the head and upper body on front passengers. The Eos also has a pop-up roll bar tucked behind the rear seats.

What it doesn't have is a complete set of crash-test results. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says it's a "good" performer in all its tests, but because it's a convertible, it doesn't grant it Top Safety Pick Status. On the other hand, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't tested the Eos at all.

The pop-up head protection system in the Eos, which automatically deploys when the car senses a rollover is imminent, is a standout in this more cost-conscious end of the convertible market—employing a host of sensors to deploy just before it's needed, when a rollover is anticipated. Additional safety-minded goodies include an optional Park Distance Control and a Technology Package that includes upgrades to the lighting system (an adaptive swiveling function).


Pop-up roll bars and parking sensors add more safety to the VW Eos.

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