2013 Volkswagen Eos Performance

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Performance

The 2013 Volkswagen Eos doesn't offer much choice regarding powertrains, but what you get perfectly fits this car's purpose--and helps give it more personality behind the wheel than it has from a few paces away.

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.

The VW Eos feels light and quick, with a responsive and refined powertrain.

In a class of overweight convertibles, the Eos is one of the lightest, at 3,500 pounds; and it handles that way. The Eos handles with more finesse than its relaxed boulevard-cruiser looks imply. It's 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.

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