Volkswagen Eos

An often-overlooked choice for a convertible, the Volkswagen Eos will impressed you with its retractable hardtop roof and healthy number of standard features.

According to Greek mythology, Eos was the goddess of the sunrise. It's a fitting name for Volkswagen's smart-looking convertible. Its retractable hardtop design combines the open-air experience of a traditional ragtop with the security and all-season comfort of a coupe's fixed roof.

The price of the Eos, as a new car, seemed hard to justify — it was typically higher than the cost of other mainstream convertibles. It never sold in great numbers, and used models may be somewhat hard to find. You'll want to pay extra attention to model years because VW altered content nearly every year in hopes of broadening the Eos' appeal.

Used Volkswagen Eos Models The Eos debuted for the 2007 model year and was offered through 2016. Intended more as a boulevard cruiser than a sports car, the four-seat Volkswagen Eos excelled when it came to occupant comfort and amenities. Base models were well-equipped, and higher-end models offered features such as leather upholstery and automatic wipers.

The highlight of the Volkswagen Eos is its retractable hardtop. You can convert the Eos from a coupelike hardtop into an open-air convertible in just 25 seconds. If you don't want the full top-down experience but still want a little wind in your hair, you can leave the roof in place and just power back the built-in sunroof.

Originally, the Eos was available with either a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (200 hp) or a 3.2-liter V6 (250 hp). The V6 was dropped after the 2008 model year. The trim levels were the base Eos, 2.0T and 3.2L. The base Eos and more luxurious 2.0T had the turbocharged-four, matched to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 3.2L came with the V6 matched to the automatic, as well as a full array of accoutrements.

For the following year, Volkswagen expanded the lineup into four trims: Turbo, Komfort, Lux and VR6. The Turbo and Komfort were roughly analogous to the previous year's base and 2.0T trims, respectively, with the Lux adding feature content. The VR6 mostly mirrored the previous 3.2L model. The Turbo and VR6 trims were discontinued for 2009. That year also brought an updated touchscreen navigation system with multimedia inputs.

Things in the Eos world stood more or less pat until 2012, when the car adopted the Jetta's front-end styling, lost it manual transmission, received a few new features, and gained updated infotainment and climate controls. From 2013 to 2016, VW fiddled more with the car's trim levels and feature availability, but the basics of the car remained unchanged.

In road tests, our editors cited the retractable roof, classy styling and high-quality cockpit furnishings as the Eos' key strengths. Downsides included lackluster handling and a tight back seat. As long as you don't expect the Eos to perform like a sports car, though, it should be a satisfying convertible at its price point.

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