2012 Volkswagen Eos – Hardtop Convertible Fun – Review – The Car Guide

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2012 Volkswagen Eos – Convertible Fun

Volkswagen has made inroads in the near-luxury game by automobiles that look and like their legitimate cousins, but don’t necessarily the same high price tag one expect. The 2012 Volkswagen Eos is a example of this particular strategy, a small convertible co-opts many high end (such as a retractable hardtop) found only on the usual or Japanese luxury suspects, but maintains the everyday accessibility has long been a key aspect of the outreach to customers. Coming off a restyling effort for the 2012 year – as well as a few to the vehicle’s drivetrain options the Volkswagen Eos presents an appealing to price-conscious sun lovers.

A Smoother, Look

VW has chosen to move the Volkswagen Eos over to the automaker’s new look, which means the convertible trades in last shield-style front fascia for one mimics the broader grille of like the Volkswagen Passat and Jetta. Along the way, the has additionally elected to sweep and sharpen the headlights of the Eos, as as install LED running lights and the vehicle’s LED taillights for additional

The Volkswagen Eos benefits from a hardtop that also to house a sunroof, making it the vehicle on the Canadian market to this type of dual, in the sun’ setup. The hardtop not makes the Eos a legitimate option for concerned about the practicality of a during the depths of winter, but it gives the automobile a unique, look when it is in the raised The 18-inch wheels found on our trim level Eos provided a almost sporty stance for the and while some might the bulging roofline of the Volkswagen from certain angles, no arguing that 2012’s have improved its overall

Compact On The Outside, Spacious On The

When initially seen the roof closed, the 2012 Eos might seem to enclose a passenger compartment. This couldn’t be further from the While the rear quarters of the Eos exactly a place where would enjoy spending than 20 minutes or so at a time, the seating arrangement inside the convertible provides exceptionally accommodations for those riding in the two positions.

The Eos is a vehicle that was to cruise, whether it be gazing up at the foliage with the roof or sailing down the autoroute cities. Either way, the buckets found in our test did an excellent job of coddling us even on highway jaunts.

The vehicle’s extends to the trunk which, not huge, is more than for a convertible the size of the Eos. the top down, roughly half the storage space disappears, but is still a surprising amount of room available for storing a few bags.

The amount of engineering expertise has been applied to the VW Eos’ entertainment, and driver information is also impressive. Although we occasionally annoyed with the of time it took for the touchscreen to initially load upon startup, once the system was we had no real complaints about the of use of its menus and features. The top-tier stereo system in our test made short work of wind noise, and the Bluetooth calling system responded to our voice commands.

It’s worth mentioning that, for an car, the Volkswagen Eos really the extra mile to provide with interior trim, and materials that feel they belong in an automobile thousands of dollars more. Fit and is an area where Volkswagen has been able to best automakers in the quality department, and the Eos is no Yes, there is some shake when driving the over rough pavement, or a set of tracks, but other than the vehicle feels extremely

Turbocharged Power

The 2012 Eos is motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine that develops 200 and 207 lb-ft of torque. Fans of the will be familiar with near-ubiquitous engine, which has Volkswagen’s workhorse and which across the company’s lineup in guises. In the Eos it is paired exclusively a six-speed DSG (automated manual) with last year’s traditional manual no longer

Purists might grieve the of a row-it-yourself gearbox from the tool box, but in reality convertible is a tourer, not a sports The DSG’s dual clutch is perfectly suited to banging out and smooth gear changes, when the box is set to Sport mode, and is plenty of power on tap from the turbo four to satisfy the majority of Eos drivers.

There are some trade-offs with the DSG design – a sense of vagueness when in top gear and attempting to kick the down a gear – but certainly don’t outweigh the Fuel economy is also for a car this size, as we recorded L/ 100 km during our time with the

Unfortunately, as enjoyable as it was to drive the Eos, it ended up leaving our test ahead of schedule due to a no-start that appeared to be related to its system. When parked at a angle, with roughly a tank of fuel, the Eos simply to catch, turning over but stumbling and stalling until gas was added to the vehicle. The Eos was returned to for an analysis of the problem, but we were upset that we had to deal this type of unusual on a brand-new vehicle.

A Comfy Convertible Cruiser With A Catch

The 2012 Eos is a viable option for anyone who to be coddled by a convertible without the kind of cash one would to land a BMW or an Audi in the driveway. the Eos certainly doesn’t offer the levels of performance as its more Teutonic colleagues, it provides than enough power and to be considered a legitimate – and affordable – alternative.

The has to do with reliability. Volkswagen has repeatedly called out for issues its products, and while the automaker has that improvements need to be the problem we had with our brand-new Eos car indicates just how much the brand needs to go to assure buyers of the long-term quality of vehicles.

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