2011 Volkswagen Eos vs. Its Competition

2011 Volkswagen Eos 2-door Convertible Lux SULEV Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2011 Volkswagen C70 is more handsomely built than the Eos, but not necessarily as structurally tight; and its range of turbocharged engines isn’t as refined.

The Volvo has a more settled, mature ride than the VW, though.

The Chrysler Sebring—now called the Chrysler 200 but not all that different—also offers a folding hardtop, but even after all its changes for this year it’s not 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; it's one of the more efficient convertibles—except for the very small but fun Mini Cooper S Convertible.

There’s officially no New Beetle Convertible offered for 2011, but there are quite a few 2010 models left over; the New Beetle, actually is pretty enjoyable in soft top form, but it’s nowhere near as sophisticated and fun to drive as the Eos.

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Quick Specs
If you’re alright sinking into anonymity but want a delightful top-down experience with an excellent all-season folding top, the 2011 Volkswagen Eos is it.
Stunning performance is still the calling card for the 2011 BMW M3; the weight it's gained may just be a sign of its success.
Attractively restyled this year, the 2011 Volvo C70—a coupe that becomes a convertible—offers a strong overall package with a clean, pleasant interior.
The 2011 MINI Cooper/Convertible runs the gamut from smart econobox to thrusty sports convertible--all with unmatched driving feel and expertly interpreted styling heritage.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Turbocharged Gas I5Gas 4-Cyl
EPA Class   
Style Name   
2-Door Convertible Manual Komfort SULEV4-Door Sedan 328i RWD2-Door Convertible Automatic2-Door Coupe
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
2 Door Convertible4 Door Sedan2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe
Detailed Spec Comparison
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