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.