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2015 Volkswagen Eos: New Car Review

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author photo by Autotrader April 2015

Some cars just don't get enough love, and the 2015 Volkswagen Eos convertible is high on that list. First and foremost, there's the Eos model's fancy power hardtop, which folds away in 25 seconds and features a unique sunroof that can power open when the roof is closed. Then there's the car's luxurious interior and confident German feel on the highway. And it's a Volkswagen, so it must be reasonably priced, right?

Well, that's the thing. Although the Eos is a front-wheel-drive convertible with a faint resemblance to the Jetta sedan, the cheapest model starts at more than $37,000. That's a lot of coin for a car that's considerably slower than the Ford Mustang V6 convertible, which costs many thousands less.

Then again, not everyone wants to look like a tourist in a rental car, so the Mustang may be off-limits, along with fellow airport mainstays such as the Chevrolet Camaro. And remember, the Eos model's trump card is that retractable hardtop; no other convertible with a back seat offers one of those in the VW's price range. Even as it enters its final year of production, the Eos merits consideration from discerning drop-top shoppers.

What's New for 2015?

For its farewell tour, the Eos swaps its Sport trim level for a Final Edition trim that includes 2-tone leather upholstery.

What We Like

Unique retractable hardtop with built-in sunroof; peppy and refined engine; high-quality interior

What We Don't

Not an athlete; not cheap; anonymous styling

How Much?


Fuel Economy

The Eos is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 rated at 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual is the only available transmission; it works just like a regular automatic, except its shifts are considerably quicker.

The Environmental Protection Agency rates the Eos's fuel economy at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

Standard Features & Options

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos hardtop convertible is available in three trim levels: Komfort, Final Edition and Executive.

The Komfort ($36,060) starts with such standard items as 17-inch alloy wheels, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 5-in color touchscreen, a navigation system and an 8-speaker audio system with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary input and an SD card reader.

The Final Edition ($40,410) adds 18-in alloy wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, a lowered sport-tuned suspension, a rear spoiler, black exterior mirrors, keyless entry/start, unique Black Peak interior trim inserts, 2-tone beige and black leather upholstery with contrast stitching, a rearview camera and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The Executive ($43,610) trim has its own 18-in alloys, monotone leather upholstery, wood inlays, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an upgraded touchscreen interface and a fantastic 600-watt Dynaudio system with 10 individually amplified speakers.

Some of these high-end features are available on lower trims as options.

The big story with the Eos is, of course, its power-retractable hardtop, which lowers in 25 seconds and features an integrated power sunroof that both tilts and slides independent of the rest of the roof. It's a remarkable engineering achievement, especially given that the sunroof, at 44 inches wide and 22 deep, is one of the largest sliding panels in the business. There's even a manual sliding sunshade that lets you block overhead sunlight if you want. We're used to feeling claustrophobic in a convertible when the top's up, but the Eos truly provides the best of both worlds.

Although the Eos model's interior can be dressed up in a variety of ways (we're especially partial to the red leather upholstery), the dashboard is still rather conservatively styled for a fun-in-the-sun car. Materials quality is high, though, and there's a distinctly premium vibe in this cabin, thanks to such features as the classy analog gauges and the precision feel of the knobs and levers.

The Eos model's front seats provide firm long-distance comfort and surprisingly good lateral support through the corners. The 2-passenger back seat is cramped, however, and while we wouldn't ordinarily harp on this in a convertible, the Eos model's Jetta-like styling had us expecting Jetta-like rear accommodations. Trunk capacity measures 10.5 cu ft. with the top up and 6.6 cu ft. alfresco, which is about average for a hardtop convertible, but there's also a lockable pass-through for longer items that's integrated into the rear seats.


The Volkswagen Eos comes with standard stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, six airbags (front, front-side and full-length side-curtain) and a rollover-protection system that deploys aluminum posts from behind the rear seats if an imminent rollover is detected.

Standard on all Eos models is VW's Car-Net, a telematics suite offering a number of safety-related features, such as crash notification, roadside assistance, remote vehicle access, and boundary and speed alerts. A smartphone app that runs many Car-Net functions is available.

The government has not crash-tested the Eos recently, but the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Eos its highest rating of Good in every tested category.

Behind the Wheel

The Eos' 2.0T 4-cylinder engine has long been a favorite among Volkswagen fans, and for good reason: It's an impeccably refined little engine that packs a consistent punch across the rev range. We think it suits the sophisticated nature of the Eos quite well. The dual-clutch automatic delivers extremely quick and generally smooth shifts, the main exception being low-speed transitions like those that occur during parallel parking.

Thanks in part to that huge glass sunroof, the Eos has an airy, relaxed character at speed. Noise suppression from the insulated hardtop is very good, and the cabin remains turbulence-free at reasonable velocities with the top down. The Eos model's soft underpinnings make it a suboptimal choice for enthusiastic cornering, even with the available sport-tuned suspension. But if you simply intend to cruise around and soak up the rays, the easy-riding Eos will be a great companion.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 FIAT 500C Abarth -- The spunky turbocharged FIAT is hardly a natural Eos rival, but when you think about it, it offers a similar turbocharged 4-seat package for considerably less coin.

2015 Ford Mustang Convertible -- You can get the sizzling V8-powered Mustang GT soft-top convertible for the same price as an Eos, but the Mustang V6 also outperforms the VW for thousands less.

2015 Mini Cooper S Convertible -- The Cooper's back seat is definitely tighter than the Eos model's already cramped rear quarters, but if you'd like extra style and attitude, the spunky MINI is a pleasantly affordable Eos alternative.

Used BMW 3 Series Convertible -- The rear-wheel-drive 3 Series convertible offers a retractable hardtop, just like the Eos, and it also delivers more performance and luxury. BMW's certified pre-owned program can put you in a drop-top 3 Series for the price of a new Eos (or even less).

Autotrader's Advice

We'd be inclined to stick with the base Komfort model. As noted, it's quite well equipped, and we find the Eos easier to swallow at around $37,000 than at $40,000-plus. But if you can find an attractively priced Executive model on a dealer lot, that Dynaudio stereo might be worth the stretch. It really cranks.

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