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2014 Volkswagen Eos Performance

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There are only two ways to have the Eos–if you're counting transmissions–but its engine lends a little bit of pep and personality no matter how you slice it.

The 2014 Eos is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 200 horsepower. It's teamed only to a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission called 'DSG.' The former manual transmission option is no more. We prefer DSG anyway, thanks to its quick gear shifts and excellent use of the engine's power and torque.

The Eos' zippy powertrain pairs well with its light-touch steering.

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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