The Saab 9-3 Convertible is a good practical alternative with a larger trunk, which can be attributed to the soft top.
On the downside, this means more road noise with the roof closed.
However, Saab's future looms uncertain this year, so get one now if you like it.
The Volvo C70 is another car that is tighter and more handsomely built than the Eos, but its range of turbocharged engines isn’t as refined.
The Volvo has a more settled, mature ride than the VW, though.
The Chrysler Sebring also offers a folding hardtop, but it’s not nearly in the same league as the Eos in terms of fit and finish.
The BMW 3-Series Convertible is in a whole other price range, but you get what you pay for, with a large leap ahead in driving refinement and high-performance driving poise.
One strong argument for the Eos is fuel economy; with an EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway, it's one of the more efficient convertibles—except for the very small but fun Mini Cooper S Convertible.
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|2010 Volkswagen EosBrowse Used Listings||2010 BMW 3-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2010 Volvo C70Browse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I6||Turbo Gas I5|
|2-Door Convertible Manual Komfort||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD||2-Door Convertible Automatic|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Convertible||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Convertible|
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|2010 Volkswagen Eos vs. 2010 BMW 3-Series||2010 Volkswagen Eos vs. 2010 Volvo C70|