- Hardtop convertible seats up to four passnegers
- Upscale interior with lots of standard features
- Turbocharged four-cylinder engine
The 2014 Volkswagen Eos offers surprising performance in a near-luxury package that has the added benefit of a retractable hardtop which makes it perfect on sunny days.
The Eos sits in an interesting place in the market, there are not very many convertibles left these days and even less when you move out of the luxury realm. At its price point, the Eos does not have very many natural competitors so it sort of plays on its own, with a premium interior and lots of features that allow it to feasibly compete with the Mercedes-Benz SLK or the BMW 2-series convertibles.
Styling is instantly familiar; the Eos sticks with the current Volkswagen aesthetic of minimalist symmetry, offering a design that is simple and understated, but refined. The power hardtop can fold down in 25 seconds and when it is down a small wind deflector deploys to keep the cabin free from turbulence. 17-inch alloy wheels are standard, along with a power moonroof, powered and heated side mirrors, LED taillights, and exhaust tips.
There is only one engine option, a 200-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 207 pounds-feet of torque. The power reaches the front-wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Eos prefers premium gas, and gets an estimated 22/30 mpg city/highway.
For 2014, the Eos shifts some options around and adds features to the Komfort and Sport trims. Volkswagen’s Car-Net communication system is now available on the Eos as well. Car-Net offers safety services like roadside assistance, crash notifications, boundary and speed alerts for young drivers, and a vehicle health report as well (all of these features are accessible via a smartphone app). The Eos has a well-appointed interior with good detailing. Standard features include leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, push-button start/stop, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, and a premium sound system. Also available are leather upholstery, touch-screen satellite navigation, and a Dynaudio speaker system.
Standard safety equipment includes four airbags, antilock disc brakes, electronic stability control, and ICRS (Intelligent Crash Response System), which unlocks doors, disables the fuel pump, and activates the hazards in the event of a collision. The Eos also features standard rollover protection, a system that extends steel beams from the top of the car in the event of a rollover with the top down, thereby protecting the passengers.