Intro: In Greek mythology, Eos is the name of the Titan Goddess of Dawn. Today it serves as a fitting name for Volkswagen's stylish four-passenger hardtop convertible. The 2012 Volkswagen Eos opens its retractable hardtop to let passengers enjoy the open skies, while providing year round protection from what ever nature brings.
Updated for 2012 the Eos now boasts a more chiseled appearance. The rounded headlights on the outgoing model have been replaced with angular units, while the glitzy chrome grille is out in favor of a cleaner more refined layout.
Trims for the Eos are Komfort, Luxury, and the range topping Executive. All models feature dual exhaust tips and fog lights. Komfort and Luxury models get 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Executive gets 18-inch alloy wheels.
The key feature of the Eos is its retractable hard top. Want some sun but not all of it? The Eos is the only retractable hardtop in North America to feature a power sliding glass sunroof.
Performance: The Eos is equipped with a potent yet fuel-efficient turbocharged 2-liter inline-4. It sends 200 horsepower to the front wheels through a 6-speed direct shift gearbox with a tap-shift that offers manual shifting when desired.
Fuel Economy: Fuel economy for the Eos is 22 miles per gallon city 30 miles per gallon highway.
Features: Inside, all Eos models get leather on the shift knob and the multifunction steering wheel with switches for audio, cruise control and Bluetooth hands free calling. While the Komfort comes fitted with V-Tex leatherette seating, the Luxury and Executive get full leather and burled walnut interior trim. Other across the line features include, keyless entry, push button start, and dual zone climate controls.
Safety Features: Standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock brakes, electronic stability control, intelligent crash response system, automatic rollover protection system, and a full array of airbags.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2012 Volkswagen Eos is $33,395. A range-topping Executive trim starts at $39,220.
Warranty: The Eos is backed by a transferable 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: While top-down motoring combined with year-round hardtop protection may be what draws many to the 2012 Volkswagen Eos, buyers will be pleased to find world-class fit-and-finish, accompanied by upscale features and energetic handling.