2014 Volkswagen Eos Review By Jennifer Geiger — 2014 Volkswagen Eos

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2014 Volkswagen Eos

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By Jennifer

The 2014 Volkswagen Eos is a comfortable, convertible with a luxury tag but the biggest problem is that not a luxury car.

When I tested Volkswagen’s hardtop in 2007, it won me over with its power and seamless power-retractable Fast-forward six years, and driving the Eos is opening a time capsule: from a light refresh in it hasn’t changed much. it’s still pleasant, one failing stands out year year: This little will take a big bite out of wallet.

A navigation system is on lower trim levels for and all Eos cars now come equipped Volkswagen’s Car-Net communication Like GM’s OnStar, it roadside assistance, crash stolen-vehicle location and vehicle report services; it’s for the first six months. Compare the and 2014 models here .

include the BMW 128 convertible (which be replaced by the 2 Series for 2014), the Mini Cooper S Convertible and the Lexus IS 250 C; compare them .

Exterior Styling

Convertible usually falls into the sexy or the sporty category, but not one. The Eos is the sensible brown in a closet full of shiny In fact, if you look at it from the it could easily be mistaken for a While handsome, the Jetta far short of sexy.

One problem is that my test car Black Oak Brown Metallic a strange combination of the two colors and an choice for a convertible. Two elements add polish, however: The rear end has a look thanks to LED taillights and a trunk lid; it isn’t too up by the convertible mechanism. Midlevel models look even with standard LED daytime lights in front.

How It Drives

only one powertrain, and although long been a fan of VW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter, the shine has in this application.

The 2.0-liter how to bring the pep, but just as the six-speed automated manual is a kill, damping the brisk with lurching shifts. far from the least refined manual out there, but it still feel natural. When to a stop in around-town driving, almost as if the car is dragging something an sensation.

One other negative is VW recommends premium fuel. The Eos is EPA at 22/30/25 mpg city/highway/combined, well the Cooper S Convertible’s 26/35/30 other competitors use six-cylinders.

On the is where the Eos’ strengths add up. delivery is smooth and snappy, and the feels crisp and nicely The ride is comfortable; the body decently rigid, with minimal shudder over Body lean is also with a more balanced in corners than expected. I the Komfort model; Sport and trims have a lowered height and a sport suspension.

Top up, the cabin’s isolation was impressive, low levels of wind and road When the top is down, drivers can a flip-up wind-deflector screen to the head restraints to block the Since it rained during my test, I didn’t sample the Eos its top down.


The interior is but with a price tag that $36,000, nice doesn’t cut it. The design is clean and the matte trim is upscale. The imitation seats look and feel and there are standard heated for the driver and front passenger. however, there’s just special going on.

The most thing is the power-retractable hard though it’s not without First the good: The five-piece top in just 25 seconds with a fluid action; a pull of a lever puts it in motion. If not ready to commit to top-down the frontmost segment can be powered to provide a large standard VW says the Eos is the only power convertible with one.

the top looks seamless in operation, its seams were problematic my test. After several of rain, the driver’s side became drippy. Also is the amount of clearance required to the top. The car’s trunk lid backward quite a bit to swallow the you might bump something the car if there’s not enough clearance.

The front seat was spacious for my 5-foot-5 self in both and legroom. In back, there’s for two passengers, and although head- and were adequate for me, foot was tight the front seats are set low to the ground. Shoulder space is narrow thanks to bulky molded into the sides of the Installing the aforementioned windscreen the four-seater into a two-seater.

to the backseat isn’t as much of a as you’d expect. Pushing a on the top of each seat quickly them forward; the opening to the is decently sized.


The best thing about the controls is the many ways you can use The standard 6.5-inch touch-screen has audio and navigation menus large buttons, but if you’d there are also traditional flanking the screen, plus a knob for toggling through the Choices are good.

Bluetooth streaming is standard and easy to Also easy to use are the clear dials and buttons under the

2014 Volkswagen Eos

Cargo Storage

Because of the top the trunk is very heavy even by convertible standards, small. By the numbers, the Eos’ offers just 6.6 cubic of space when the top is stowed, when it’s up. Top up, the BMW 128 convertible has 8 feet and the Lexus IS 250C has Only the much smaller Cooper Convertible affords with just 6 cubic

It may sound like a competitive of space when expressed as but the way the Eos’ trunk is designed it from holding anything than small items the top is down. The amount of space to house the folding hardtop a lot of the actual space is off-limits for Most of the usable space is a rigid partition that be in place to define the top’s Several labels indicate you can’t place luggage, very few spots where you can .

is also meager in the rest of the Although there are four (two in front, two in back), the other storage space is a cubby under the climate The center console opens to USB ports for mobile devices, but not enough room to actually your device. A standard pass-through is useful, but accessing it is a maneuver; rather than folding down, you have to pop out a and then open the passage.

The Eos earned scores of good in the Institute for Highway Safety’s and side- impact crash it was not tested in other areas. The Eos has not crash-tested by the National Highway Safety Administration.

Visibility is poor to the rear to fixed outboard head a narrow back window and rear pillars. Forward was fine for me, but taller drivers find themselves with too of the headliner in view.

A backup would do wonders for visibility, but you to jump up to the top-of-the-line Executive to get one; a park assist is also standard on the top trim Click here for a full of safety features.

Unlike cars, convertibles are not federally to have top tether anchors for child-safety seats, and the Eos isn’t with them, so installing a child seat isn’t A rear-facing seat won’t work either, because the passenger seat has to be moved all the way to accommodate it. The only child-safety that fits well is a

Value in Its Class

The Eos’ is high for a car that’s neither sporty nor very luxurious. Komfort models start at top Executive trims climb all the way to The Lexus IS 250C is pricier, at $43,620, but it’s also and imparts a more premium BMW’s sportier, more 1 Series comes in at $38,125, and the compact and more exhilarating Cooper S Convertible (which only with a soft-top) like the bargain here at (all prices include charges).

Volkswagen went to great successful) lengths to align the and Passat’s prices to consumers’ Not so with the Eos, and sales are Through October, VW had sold 3,718 of them in 2013, 33 percent from year-ago

The bottom line is that the Eos is a car, but shoppers in this range have lots of choices, including premium and upscale features. Pleasant is not enough to woo them.

2014 Volkswagen Eos
2014 Volkswagen Eos
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2014 Volkswagen Eos
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