2012 Volkswagen Eos vs. Its Competition

2012 Volkswagen Eos 2-door Convertible Komfort SULEV Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Hardtop convertibles start expensive and go up from there, but the Eos has some competition at the low end of four-seat convertibles from the Chrysler 200, which got some much-needed refinement last year, but still suffers from a wiggly body and lackluster handling.

The Volvo C70 doesn't feel as tightly constructed as the Eos, and its turbo five-cylinder isn't as refined, though its ride is more settled.

While the Eos is a fuel sipper, it's not as economical as a soft-top MINI Cooper Convertible, and not nearly as much fun to drive, though the VW is a lot larger inside.

2012 Volkswagen Eos 2-door Convertible Komfort SULEV Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volkswagen Eos
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2012 BMW M3 2-door Coupe Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW 3-Series
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8.0
The 2012 Volkswagen Eos convertible underplays its hand too much--the styling's not nearly as grabby as its turbo power and its smart handling.
8.4
Despite the weight gain, the BMW M3's still one of the most stunning performance vehicles we've driven.
8.2
With a healthy dash of Scandinavian style and Volvo's excellent reputation for safety, the 2012 C70 makes a solid all-around choice for a hardtop convertible.
MSRP From  
$34,350$34,900$40,450
Gas Mileage  
22 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I5
EPA Class  
Subcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact
Style Name  
2-Door Convertible Komfort SULEV4-Door Sedan 328i RWD2-Door Convertible T5
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
454
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
2 Door ConvertibleSedan2 Door Convertible
Transmission  
Automatic w/manual shiftManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 Volkswagen Eos vs. 2012 BMW 3-Series2012 Volkswagen Eos vs. 2012 Volvo C70