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2011 Volkswagen Eos Review
A great convertible for cruising.
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The 2011 Volkswagen Eos is a four-seat, two-door convertible with a fun retractable hardtop design, combining the open-air experience of a traditional ragtop with the security and all-season comfort of a fixed roof. It is based on the Volkswagen Cabrio, but it is more upscale and better equipped.
Engines: 2.0-liter turbocharged I4
Transmissions: six-speed automatic with Tiptronic, six-speed manual
Models: Volkswagen Eos Komfort Hard Top Convertible 2D, Volkswagen Eos LUX Hard Top Convertible 2D
Volkswagen adds a few more standard features to each of the trims for the 2011 model year. The Komfort trim has a wheel upgrade from 16-inch alloy wheels to 17-inch wheels. The LUX trim receives daytime running lights, power lumbar support adjustment, and an automatic-dimming feature for the driver-side outside mirror.
The exterior standard features for the Komfort trim include 17-inch alloy wheels and a hill-holder for the manual transmission. Options include a rear-lid spoiler, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a ground effect kit, which offers skirting to the lower body style. The LUX trim features daytime running headlights and an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror. Options include a ground effect kit, a choice of two styles of wheels, and a rear-lid spoiler. You can also get the Technology package, which includes bi-xenon headlights and a rear-parking sensor. All models have front drive.
Both trims have a power-retractable, five-piece hardtop roof with an integrated sunroof. The roof retracts in 25 seconds, and once completely retracted, takes up a sizeable amount of cargo space. You must make sure that you have adequate clearance before you retract the top, but the rear sensors will inform you if you don’t. Cargo space is dismal at 9.3 cubic feet and is reduced even further to 5.4 cubic feet when the top is down.
The 2011 Volkswagen Eos has a well put together interior that employs materials of good quality. The burled walnut cabin accents give the cabin a feeling of warmth and luxury. The front passengers enjoy adequate room, but the rear passengers will be quite cramped. The rear seat is very small and more akin to a built-in shelf than a seat for an adult. However, Volkswagen includes easy-to-read gauges and an easy-to-use instrument panel.
The interior standard features of the Komfort trim include a leather-trimmed tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a rear seat, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker stereo system with a six-disc CD changer, satellite radio, and auxiliary audio input. It also has heated power seats, a trip computer, and a rear-center pass-through. The Eos Luxury trim adds power seats, power lumbar adjustment for the passenger seat, leather upholstery, and burled walnut cabin accents.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Volkswagen Eos aims to provide leisure cruising, not performance driving. The ride is comfortable and quiet. If you don’t have the sport suspension, you will experience some body roll in the turns. Steering is too vague for performance driving, but it is fine for everyday driving. Both models come equipped with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 400 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration remains a bit sluggish, sprinting from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds.
The Komfort has a standard six-speed manual transmission with an optional six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. This means that you can manually switch from automatic to manual transmission to manipulate fuel economy and performance. The LUX model only comes with a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
The standard safety features for the 2011 Volkswagen Eos include anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), stability and traction controls, front-side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. The manual transmission comes with a hill assist feature, which keeps the car from rolling backward when starting from a stop on a hill.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives this car the best possible rating of ""Good"" for protection in frontal-offset and side-impact collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen Eos LUX: 22/30 mpg city/highway
- Power-retractable hardtop with integrated glass sunroof
- Quality materials and design
- Easy-to-use controls
- Fuel-efficient turbocharged engine
- Stylish interior and exterior
- Good fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Sluggish performance
- Very limited back-seat room
- Very limited cargo space
A great convertible for cruising.
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