The Eos is named after the Greek goddess of the sun, which should give you an idea of what to expect. It gets a facelift for 2012 that gives it Volkswagen's new three-bar grille. It now features the same look as its Golf and Jetta siblings from which it's derived. However, with its signature power folding hardtop and integrated sunroof, and the 2012 Volkswagen Eos looks sportier than it actually is.
Gone are the six-speed manual transmission and 250-horsepower VR6 engine, as VW tweaks the car to aim at its intended market of boulevardiers and everyday cruisers. As Volkswagen's only convertible for now, it inherits a tradition derived from the old Golf Cabriolet as well as the owners who made that car such an icon. The only powertrain now is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower, mated to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. It may not set tires on fire, but for around-town driving it's adequate enough to get 30 mpg on the highway.
VW aims the Eos at premium four-seater convertibles like the Audi A5, BMW 1-Series convertible, and Volvo C70. Given its compact size and leisurely driving manners, it may find itself outclassed. But a small, well-equipped convertible might just be what some sun worshippers are looking for at the low-$30,000 range -- until the Beetle convertible comes out, at least.
Transmission: six-speed auto-clutch manual (DSG)
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Models: Komfort, Lux, Executive
For 2012 a new model gets introduced with all the trimmings: the Executive model starts at a not-insignificant $39,220. What do you get for so much dough? A premium 600-watt Dynaudio sound system, a sport suspension, power seats, touch-screen navigation, and 18-inch "Kansas" wheels...no, we don't know why they're called that, either.
The VW corporate grille that debuted on the Golf/Jetta duo translates well onto the Eos, minimizing the previous model's chrome schnoz. Like many convertibles, the Eos looks better with the top down, though few convertibles at this price or below can offer the security that comes with a solid metal hardtop. With options, the Eos even includes a panoramic sunroof as part of the folding hardtop, ensuring that the sun always has a presence.
The interior can now be upholstered in red, for that extra attention-grabbing effect. Loaded with the Golf's best features, VW includes aluminum trim and a touch screen standard, with the option of premium audio, navigation, and keyless entry.
Performance & Handling
Don't expect to win many stoplight drags with this car. With a claimed 7.4-second 0-60 mph time, the Eos is a decent performer, and VW's 2.0-liter turbo and automatic transmission combination is one of the best powertrains available. The Eos boasts a surprisingly solid chassis, which shakes very little over bumps. But don't expect a sports car: The suspension is tuned more for cruising highways than finding fun twisty roads. But even though it's more of a boulevard cruiser than canyon carver, you can still have some fun in the Eos given its trusty Golf underpinnings.
The Eos comes with standard driver and front passenger front, combined side-curtain and side airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, traction control, and electronic stability control. An important and necessary rollover system deploys steel beams behind the seats in case the car's sensors detect that the driver has run out of talent.
EPA Fuel Economy
22 mpg city/30 mpg highway
- Peppy, willing 2.0-liter engine
- Solid chassis
- Looks good, top up or down
You Won't Like
- Effeminate to the max
- Ride too harsh with sport suspension
- Complicated, noisy folding hardtop
Your daughter will love it
If You Like This Vehicle
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