Consumer Reports Picks VW Eos as Best Convertibles — Volkswagen Eos

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BMW 328i a close second

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With summer on the way, drivers’ thoughts turn to Consumer Reports has published its survey of ragtops, giving the Eos the best overall score of the cars it ranked, narrowly the BMW 328i. Both vehicles Very Good overall

Two vehicles in the group, the Saab 9-3 and C70, earned somewhat overall road-test scores, but still within the Very range.

The three remaining the Pontiac G6, Mitsubishi Eclipse, and Sebring, posted only scores and so were at the bottom of rankings for convertibles.

Five of the cars tested have hard tops, while two traditional fabric tops. All of the are power-operated. The vehicles range in from $32,660 to $49,525.

The trend in convertibles, folding tops improve visibility and the report found. But they some downsides, too — take up considerable trunk when open, and can’t be on the move.

The VW Eos is a well-rounded car that works in all seasons, said David senior director of automotive for Consumer Reports . Volkswagen has a glass sunroof into the hard-top so that you can enjoy a little sun, or get the full convertible experience.

Consumer is recommending three of the vehicles in test group, the Eos, and C70. The 9-3 and G6 are not recommended because of average reliability. The Eclipse and did not score high enough in testing to be recommended, the magazine

Consumer Reports said it recommends vehicles that performed well in its tests, at least average predicted based on CR’s Annual Car Survey of its own subscribers, and performed at adequately if crash-tested or included in a rollover test.


The VW Eos, which is equipped the same eager turbocharged engine and responsive transmission in the GTI and Audi A3, provides a good of power and fuel economy.

engineers also liked the controls and impressive interior fit and But the back seat is cramped despite the hard top, is notable wind and road

The Eos Lux ($35,829 Manufacturer’s Suggested Price as tested) is powered by a 200-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and six-speed sequential, or automated transmission that is one of the quickest and around. The Eos delivered 25 mpg overall in own fuel economy tests, the of the convertibles in this group. is very good overall.


The version of the BMW 3 Series gives up little in terms of the driving The body is free of the flex of convertibles, and the 328i is agile and fun to with a strong and smooth

Like the 3 Series sedan, the has a supple, well-controlled ride and handling. The cabin is well and quiet, but the back seat and space are very tight. The ($49,525 MSRP as tested) is with a 230-hp, 3.0-liter engine and six-speed automatic deliver strong and smooth But it weighs 400 pounds more the sedan, which hurts fuel economy and acceleration. is very good overall.

The Saab 9-3 doesn’t stand out sports sedans, CR said, but the convertible version is more The ride is on the stiff side, but the has little flex and wind is not excessive with the top down.

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the others in this group, room is tight. The 9-3 2.0T is by a 210-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder and five-speed automatic transmission provides a nice combination of and economy.


Volvo’s C70 convertible a well-finished hard top, a interior with impressive fit and and many safety features side curtain air bags. But sluggish from a stop, the is stiff, and it’s not very Interior space is tight, a tiny rear seat.

The C70 T5 MSRP as tested) is propelled by a turbocharged, 2.5-liter five-cylinder and five-speed transmission that decent performance. Braking is good overall.


four-seat convertible is the least in this group with a hard top and a rear seat can accommodate two adults in a pinch. The position is roomy and acceleration is But the G6 has an unsettled ride, lacks and creaks and groans constantly, CR Interior fit and finish is subpar, access is extremely difficult, and the lid is heavy.

The G6 GT that CR bought ($32,660 as tested) came with the package, which includes a 3.9-liter V6 that delivers acceleration. The four-speed automatic smoothly. Braking in the G6 is also good overall.

The Eclipse sporty impression is only deep, the magazine found. acceleration is quick and handling agile at first, CR’s exposed diminished handling at its limits.

Its awful visibility, noise, hard ride, back seat, and wide circle are constant annoyances. The Spyder GT is powered by a 260-hp, V6 engine that delivers acceleration. Its five-speed automatic is smooth and responsive. The Eclipse’s is also very good

Much like the sedan on it is based, Consumer Reports the Sebring is a mediocre convertible.

On the side, it has a relatively roomy seat and trunk, easy-to-use and — in Limited trim a strong powertrain. But the Sebring’s is clumsy, the ride is unsettled, the seats are uncomfortable, and the body and squeaks. The Sebring Limited MSRP as tested) is equipped a 235-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers ample performance. The automatic transmission is neither as nor as smooth as most six-speeds. is good overall.

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