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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Volkswagen Eos

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Expert's Rating

3.5Good

MPG 22 City / 30 Highway
Pros
  • Elegant exterior design
  • High-quality interior
  • Many standard safety features
Cons
  • Cramped back seat with top up
  • Questionable reliability history
  • Requires premium fuel
, Automotive Editor -
It's a bit on the pricey side, but the Volkswagen Eos delivers with strong performance, high-quality interior materials and a retractable hardtop that features a panoramic glass panel.

Introduction

In 2007, Volkswagen introduced the EOS as its first-ever hardtop convertible model. In 2012, the EOS underwent a facelift that saw it inherit styling cues from the Jetta, following Volkswagen's unconventional bottom-up styling language.

Coming into the 2013 model year, the EOS is pretty much a carryover from the previous year. The only addition of note for 2013 is the all-new Sport trim level, which adds an element of sportiness to the EOS’ classy base model.

With this addition, the 2013 EOS’ lineup now includes four trim levels: Komfort, Sport, Lux and Executive. All four trim levels come with a peppy 2.0-liter TSI engine that cranks out 200 horsepower and 207 foot-pounds of torque, which nets this drop-top 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The comfort trim level is, effectively, the base model and it includes all of the basic amenities expected in a base premium convertible, like a premium audio system, dual-zone climate control and others. The Sport adds in some mild styling changes and an upgraded suspension system. The Lux trim level adds in additional features that make this convertible more competitive with the likes of BMW and Mercedes. The Executive trim level is the true businessperson’s car, as it features every premium option you could want in a hardtop convertible.

The segment that the EOS belongs to isn’t overly crowded, but the competition is no less fierce than those with a wider array of vehicles. Starting things off is the 2013 BMW 1-Series Convertible, which comes standard with a 3.0-liter engine with 230 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission, leatherette seating and a 10-speaker stereo system with a CD player, MP3 compatibility and USB connection.

Next up is the 2013 Chrysler 200 convertible, which comes standard with a 2.4-liter engine with 173 horsepower, a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission, premium cloth seating and a six-speaker stereo system with AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM capabilities.

Next in line you have the 2013 Mini Cooper Convertible, which comes standard with a 121-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine, leatherette seating, a six-speed manual transmission and a six speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system. Finally you have the 2013 Volvo C70, which comes standard with a 227-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine, a five-speed shiftable automatic transmission, leather seating and an eight-speaker sound system with AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM capabilities.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Volkswagen Eos
Starting price
$20,944

2013 Volkswagen Eos Executive

Recommended for: Buyers looking for all of the premium features desired on a hardtop convertible

The Executive trim caps of the EOS lineup by taking the Lux trimmings and pushing the luxury envelop to the max. On the outside, it spruces things up with the addition of 18-inch “Kansas” aluminum wheels, giving the EOS a more comfortable ride and a sleeker look. Inside the cabin, the Executive package picks up a more advanced RNS 510 navigation system and keep passengers entertained via a 10-speaker, 600-watt Dynaudio system. For added safety and convenience, the Executive trim also includes a rearview camera.

2013 Volkswagen Eos
Starting price
$20,944

2013 Volkswagen Eos Komfort

Recommended for: Young executives looking for a premium hardtop convertible at a fair price

The Komfort trim level comes in as the base level for the 2013 EOS lineup, but it features standard amenities that you may not expect on a base model. On the outside, it features a set of 17-inch “Michigan” wheels for added style and comfort, a wind deflector to keep the cabin wind to a minimum with the top down, heated windshield washers for buyers in cooler climates and fog lights to help you see through low-laying clouds and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Inside the cabin, passengers are entertained by a Premium VIII touchscreen radio with eight speakers, auxiliary connection, HD radio, SiriusXM, iPod connection and Bluetooth. Inside you also get power windows to make things easier, leather-wrapped hand brake lever and shifter knob for a luxurious feel, Climatronic dual-zone climate control to keep the cabin comfortable, and V-Tex synthetic leather seating.

2013 Volkswagen Eos
Starting price
$20,944

2013 Volkswagen Eos Lux

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a lower-priced alternative to BMW and Mercedes-Benz

The Lux trim level takes the Komfort’s basic trimmings and puts a luxurious twist on them. Outside, the Lux adds in 18-inch “Chicago” aluminum-alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights and keyless entry and push-button start to help add a premium look and feel to the EOS’ exterior. Inside the cabin, the Lux continues building onto its luxurious exterior with the addition of wood trimming on the dashboard, console and door panels, power front seats, real leather seating and RND 315 navigation. In addition to all of the luxury features, the EOS Lux adds in park-distance sensors to help make parking it a little easier.

2013 Volkswagen Eos
Starting price
$20,944

2013 Volkswagen Eos Sport

Recommended for: Buyers that need some extra sport with their convertible

The Sport trim level takes the Komfort’s basic amenities and adds in a sporty element. Its exterior sportiness is enhanced by adding in bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch Vicenza aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lights and black side-view mirrors. To help the Sport trim level to handle better is a lowered sport-tuned suspension. Inside the cabin, the Sport trim level adds “Black Peak” inserts and steel pedals to add to its sporty look. Also on the inside, the Sport trim level includes a multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters to help you control various aspects of the car with more ease.

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