Little has changed for the 2014 Volkswagen Eos. The Lux trim level has been dropped -- leaving the Komfort, Sport, and Executive trims, the first two of which now have the RNS315 navigation system as standard. Sport models receive push-button start and keyless access. Volkswagen's OnStar-like Car-Net system is available on all Eos models...
After the much-loved Volkswagen Cabriolet was killed off in 2002, VW's initial solution was the oh-so-cute New Beetle convertible in 2003. However, the New Beetle didn't remain as the brand's only droptop for long, as the four-seat Eos convertible was added in 2006. Despite being based on the same underpinnings and mechanicals as the Golf (like the old Cabriolet was), the 2014 Volkswagen Eos is its own standalone model with a unique exterior design and a different interior. What sets apart the Eos from other VW convertibles is its fully automatic folding hard top. The 2014 Volkswagen Eos also has a nifty glass moonroof built into the top.
Like the Volkswagen CC, the Eos saw a midcycle update in 2012, the main focus of which was revised front and rear styling. The upgraded fascias exchanged the rounded grille, headlights, and taillights for more angular pieces, which fit better with the Volkswagen family's overall design aesthetic.
The 2014 Volkswagen Eos is not an enthusiast's dream, but it's a solid value if you're in the market for a convertible with a real back seat. Although the Eos may be more expensive than other competing soft-top convertibles, it is priced competitively with more upscale hardtops without giving up much luxury. However, the three trim levels -- Komfort, Sport, and Executive -- get expensive quickly, with a loaded model costing well over $40,000. But you might get some money back at the gas pump: the Eos compares favorably against its competition, achieving 22/30 mpg city/highway. There's only one powertrain available for the 2014 Volkswagen Eos: Volkswagen's venerable 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, rated at 200 hp, mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Riding on the same versatile platform that underpins Volkswagen's other compact offerings, the Eos handles well and rides with a pleasant suppleness, and engineers were able to keep the loss of structural rigidity to a minimum. But it's the engine -- a refined and energetic turbo four-cylinder -- that gives the Eos its star quality. Volkswagen's six-speed dual-clutch automatic is a sporty, engaging alternative to a conventional automatic transmission. When we drove the Eos, we praised the "peppy powertrain" and "bullet-quick" transmission.
Inside, the 2014 Volkswagen Eos boasts a level of refinement that transcends its price; the cabin far surpasses that of the Chrysler 200 and Mini Cooper convertibles in terms of fit and finish. The five-piece glass-and-steel roof lowers in 25 seconds with the push of a button. If you're in the mood for a bit less wind and sun, this Volkswagen can manage that, too. All Eos models come with a sunroof that tilts and slides open. At 44 inches wide, the sunroof is larger than those in most fixed-roof cars. Cargo space is generous with the top up, but top-down weekend trips with four people aboard will require packing lightly, as trunk space shrinks significantly with the top stowed, falling short of the competition by a fair bit. We've also found that "the trunk lid itself is quite heavy. [However,] if you have the top down and need to carry something a little more bulky, you can also use the back seat for storage space: a golf bag and a pull cart fit just fine back there."
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