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2012 Volkswagen Eos

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2012 Volkswagen Eos Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.5

While many people reminisce fondly about their first convertibles, few seem to remember the nightmares of those folding canvas tops. From leaking water, to the horrifically loud wind noise, to the ease with which thieves could enter the car, a cloth top was simply impractical. Volkswagen has found a solution to this dilemma, creating a folding hard top (with a built in sunroof, no less) and attaching it to a sporty, comfortable four-seater priced well within reach of the average working man and woman. The 2012 Volkswagen Eos is no Miata, but it is a fun, safe and quiet way to enjoy open-air driving without the hassles once associated with the old-fashioned soft-top convertible.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a comfortable and fuel-efficient daily driver that can also be a blast to drive on the weekends (or whenever the sun comes out), you'll find much to like in the 2012 Volkswagen Eos.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While attractive, the Eos lacks the athletic looks found on more sport-oriented convertibles, and its retractable hard top takes up space in both the rear-seat area and the trunk.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2012 Volkswagen Eos receives a major make-over, sporting a new grille, headlamps and taillights. New features include a six-speed DSG automatic transmission, leather-wrapped steering wheel, HD Radio, Keyless entry and start and remote top operation on Lux and Executive trims.

Driving the Eos

Driving Impressions Displaying ride and handling characteristics that approach some of the best fixed-roof coupes we've tested, the 2012 Volkswagen Eos qualifies as one of the sturdiest four-seat convertibles on the market....

The 2.0-liter turbo in our Eos proved so smooth and powerful that on more than one occasion we were shocked to look down and see our six-speed automatic cruising along without complaint in just fourth gear. The Eos' rigid chassis and adept suspension made short work out of the twisting mountain roads of Southern California and, on our return trip, provided the most comfortable highway driving experience of any small Volkswagen. Thanks in part the tall front deflector that can be manually deployed from the windshield's edge, wind buffeting in the passenger cabin is kept to a minimum.
Favorite Features

Dynaudio Sound System
The available 10-speaker, 600-watt audio system produces a full, natural sound that's among the best we've heard.

DSG Transmission
The Eos' handling characteristics make it easy to utilize and appreciate VW's quick- and smooth-shifting dual-clutch transmission.

2012 Volkswagen Eos Details
2012 Volkswagen Eos photo Interior

The 2012 Volkswagen Eos' interior is more intelligently designed and better assembled than cars we've driven costing twice as much. Further bolstering the Eos' near-luxury car status are such interesting features as an adjustable, cooled glove box and dual-zone climate control that maintains separate settings for top-up and top-down driving. The Lux and Executive trim's premium leather seating and 12-way power-adjustable front seats (including four-way power-adjustable lumbar) are supremely comfortable and the new touch-screen audio head unit is among the most intuitive we've tested. As it has to accommodate much of the retractable top's mechanicals, the Eos' rear seat is understandably narrow and not much use for grown adults. With the top in place, the Eos offers a modest 10.5 cubic feet of trunk space, but once the top is retracted – a feat that takes a mere 25 seconds – that space shrinks to just 6.6 cubic feet.

Exterior
2012 Volkswagen Eos photo

The front of the 2012 Volkswagen Eos is dominated by Volkswagen's new three-bar horizontal grille featuring black plastic louvers flanking expanded cat's-eye headlamps. Although, when viewed from the side, the Eos could easily be mistaken for hardtop coupe, a handful of cut lines give away its true identity. Along with new LED taillights, the 2012 Eos is covered in more vivid paint choices and rides atop newly-designed wheels (17-inch on Komfort and Lux trims, 18-inch on the Executive trim.) Integrated side-mirror turn signals give the Eos a premium-car appearance, as do the chrome dual exhaust outlets and large black-glass sunroof built into the three-piece retractable hardtop. Safety features above and beyond the obligatory airbags include available swiveling bi-xenon headlamps and an active roll bar that, in the event of a potential roll-over situation, pops up from behind the rear-seat head restraints.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Volkswagen Eos comes equipped with electronically-controlled air conditioning, six-speed DSG automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, power windows/locks/mirrors, 12-way power-adjustable front driver's seat with four-way power lumbar, heated front leatherette seats (dubbed V-Tex), Bluetooth connectivity and the Premium touch-screen HD radio with CD player, auxiliary audio input jack, iPod integration and eight speakers. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control, front airbags and combination head/thorax side airbags. Lux and Executive models add power-folding and heated side mirrors, auto-dimming interior mirror, rain-sensing wipers, Park Distance Control, 12-way power passenger seat with four-way power lumbar support and leather seating surfaces. The Executive trim features a sport suspension, 600-watt Dynaudio upgrade and navigation radio.

Optional Equipment

Options are few and specific to each trim. Lux and Executive owners can opt for the Technology package that adds bi-xenon swiveling headlamps, headlamp washers and color multifunction display, while all trims can be fitted with larger wheels, a rear lip spoiler and all-weather floor mats.

Under the Hood

The Eos' 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and DSG transmission comprise one of the most highly-regarded powertrains on the road. With FSI direct fuel injection mitigating turbo lag, the engine is unusually responsive. The innovative DSG transmission functions as a no-touch automatic in traffic and a quick-shifting, no-pedal manual when you're feeling more enthusiastic.)

2.0-liter in-line 4, turbocharged
200 horsepower @ 5,100-6,000 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1,800-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (automatic)

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2012 Volkswagen Eos Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 138 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

2013 Eos Executive

By on Monday, April 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,340

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "hard top plus sunroof plus convertible all in one"

Cons: "somewhat generic looking with top up."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I just bought this car a few days ago. It's a blast to drive and has many wonderful options. It's got great pickup and gas mileage. With the top up, from the outside it looks pretty much like your run-of-the-mill coupe. But when the top comes down (and it looks like a transformer when you operate the top)it becomes much more elegant looking. This is a great option for those who want a convertible yet also live in a cold climate where in the winter, a convertible is not practical. This is the best of both worlds. Can hardly wait til the summer to really have fun in this car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Love it!

By on Saturday, January 11, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Peformance, fun to drive, solid car"

Cons: "Only one: needs premium gas."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm over 6 ft tall and was looking for a convertible that I could fit in, would handle the snow in our NY winters, and that I could afford to replace my Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder. I came across a 2012 EOS with 16,000 miles and bought it. I love the car, it's a joy to drive, has enough power for me (definitely faster than the Eclipse)."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Awesome car.

By on Thursday, September 19, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "wonderful to drive, reliable and super fun"

Cons: "A bit pricey and the interior could be more luxe"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The EOS is sporty, reliable and yet practical. It can scoot around corners at speed but also carry a full load of groceries in the trunk. It's stylish and really good fun to drive. I used to drive a BMW 1-series convertible. The driving agility and performance of the Eos is on a par with the Beamer, but driving a hard top with a big moonroof beats the heck out of driving a tent."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

VW CPO no good if not inspeced 1st

By on Thursday, September 19, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "nice looking"

Cons: "VW CPO is worthless"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Bought a CPO VW EOS that should have never been certified the trunk leaked water oil needed to be changed 500 miles after purchase keys missing (needed to be replaced) needed a alignment and 2 tires Owners manual is not for my model year"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

2009 Eos Convertible

By on Saturday, July 06, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive with the top down or up!"

Cons: "None!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm a big person who had to stop working after an accident at work ruptured 2 discs at the same time. After 4 surgeries and a hip replacement, my back finally requires a larger vehicle. Otherwise I would not even entertain the thought of selling the Eos. It has been a joy driving it, and I get 30+ mph. Everything works perfectly. I had one accident in my garage after my weed eater fell off the ground which slightly dented the passenger side and left a scratch as well. All maintenance receipts from dealer service. My 60K mile tuneup is due to my back injury and was performed at 4,000 mi. Due to such low mileage driving. Lots of tech...headlights steer with you (adaptive), auto lock after 30 sec., Nav, Sirius has 12 mo. Left as of 6"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

fun car

By on Thursday, June 27, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "looks good, great on gas, reliable, and fun"

Cons: "small backseat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my second eos, and it is hard to beat! A fantastic looking hard top convertible with a sunroof."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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