2013 Volkswagen Eos Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

If you don't have a luxury budget and you're looking for a four-seat convertible, the Volkswagen Eos is one of your only choices priced below $30,000. The Chrysler 200 and Ford Mustang both offer a usable back seat, and none of these models are that much more than 2+2s, but the Eos is the most comfortable of them all.

The front seats in the Volkswagen Eos are very comfortable; the driving position is just a little more laid-back than in Volkswagen's other cars, and the seats themselves feel a bit better-bolstered than in its lower-priced models like the Golf.

The Eos puts practicality on top, with a well-appointed interior usable backseat, and folding hardtop.

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.

As for the layout and convenience of the convertible layout, 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. There's also a setting for opening the front section of it only, as a sunroof. Otherwise, stow the top away and you still have about 6.6 cubic feet--about enough for most carry-ons.

The look and feel of the cabin is top-notch, with a nice premium look and feel to the materials and trims that's rivaled only in the CC sedan and Touareg SUV. There's some road noise, but not any more than you're notice in Ride quality is firm but supple enough to soak up medium-sized potholes. Some road noise is present, but it's actually less than you'll find in a number of sporty coupes--and far better, of course, than other convertibles.

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