2012 Volkswagen Eos Styling

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Sedate, sober, conservative--they're all words that describe the Volkswagen Eos pretty well. For most convertibles, that would be a problem--would anyone buy a wallflower droptop Mustang? But for the Eos, it's an underline to its softer, more feminine appeal. We're divided here on exactly how the styling affects how we feel about the Eos overall; some of us call it a neat, pinned-down design that gets better on the road, while the rest of us think it's bland when it doesn't have to be. Whatever its faults, it's still clearly related to the VW Golf that shares some of its architecture, and even with the top up, the design never veers into awkwardness--which is more than we can say about the competitive Chrysler 200.

Inside it's a different story; its interior feels a step above most other Volkswagen models, with a streamlined look and upgraded materials. It's hardly sexy, but it's nicely detailed with just a bit of brightwork, but not too much, and a neat, simple look that's slightly more rakish than in the Golf and GTI.

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