2014 Volkswagen Eos Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

There aren't many choices in the four-seat convertible segment for less than $30,000, leaving the 2014 Eos as one of your only options. Sure, you could have the Ford Mustang or Chrysler 200, but their back seats are virtually unusable, making the Eos the most comfortable vehicle in this market.

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.

The Eos' folding hardtop and adult-sized back seat make it the most useful convertible this side of Jeep.

When it comes to 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 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.

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.

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