Consumer Reports Picks VW Eos as Best Convertibles — Volkswagen Eos

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BMW 328i a close second

By Joe

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 MSRP as tested) came the Sport package, which a 222-hp, 3.9-liter V6 that lively acceleration. The four-speed shifts smoothly. Braking in the G6 is very good overall.

The Eclipse Spyder’s sporty is only skin deep, the found. While acceleration is and handling seems agile at CR’s tests exposed handling capabilities at its limits.

Its visibility, intrusive noise, ride, vestigial back and wide turning circle are annoyances. The Eclipse Spyder GT is by a 260-hp, 3.8-liter V6 engine delivers strong acceleration. Its automatic transmission is smooth and The Eclipse’s braking is also good overall.

Much the sedan on which it is based, Reports said the Sebring is a convertible.

On the plus side, it has a roomy rear seat and easy-to-use controls and — in trim — a strong But the Sebring’s handling is clumsy, the is unsettled, the front seats are and the body groans and squeaks. The Limited ($37,030 MSRP as is equipped with a 235-hp, V6 engine that delivers performance. The six-speed automatic is neither as quick nor as smooth as six-speeds. Braking is good

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