2013 Volkswagen Eos Overview
The new 2013 Volkswagen Eos is a premium-quality, German convertible. It’s not quite a luxury car in the vein of the Mercedes SLK-class or the Lexus IS-C, but it is also not a non-luxury car. The Eos, which starts at $34,500, sort of sits in a weird space between luxury and mass-market; that will definitely appeal to some who don’t want to spend the money on a pure luxury car but want many of the same features.
The exterior looks like classic Volkswagen – the horizontal, chrome-lined front grill, the low and wide intake, and the subtle creases give the Eos a simple, yet refined appearance. The Eos comes standard with many features: a power-folding hardtop, halogen headlights, daytime running lights, alloy wheels, and a sun-roof to name a few. Exterior options are limited, but include large alloy wheels, HID headlights, rear-deck spoiler, and splash guards.
Well-made interiors have long been a strong suit of German automakers and the 2013 Eos follows suit. It comes standard with leatherette-trimmed bucket seats, automatic climate control, push-button start/stop, Bluetooth connectivity, multifunction tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, and a premium sound system. As one would imagine, especially seeing this long list of standard features, the options list isn’t extensive. Leather seats, touch-screen satellite navigation, Dynaudio speaker system, and a rear-view camera are available.
The 2013 Volkswagen Eos is available with only one engine, a 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 207 pounds-feet of torque. Put to the ground via a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, this power is likely plenty for most customers. The Eos returns an impressive 22/30 mpg city/highway, which seats it well within its class.
The 2013 VW Eos gets several standard safety features, including four airbags, anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, and crumple zones in the front of the car. Additionally, every Eos comes standard with ICRS (Intelligent Crash Response System), which unlocks doors, disables the fuel pump, and activates the hazards in the event of a collision. Being a convertible, each Eos also gets standard rollover protection, a system that extends steel beams from the top of the car in the event of a rollover, thereby protecting the passengers.