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2013 Volkswagen Eos

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2013 Volkswagen Eos Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.4

The dream of owning a convertible versus the reality of owning a convertible is often as far removed from one another as red states are from blue. Leaks, wind noise and the lack of security are the major headaches, which is why VW created its 2013 Eos convertible with a retractable hardtop. The design offers all the safety and security of a fixed roof – with a built-in sunroof no less – in a fully automated design that stows beneath a solid cover for a clean, uncluttered look. With room for four, the Eos has a leg up on the popular Mazda Miata. And, although it can't deliver the same type of driving experience as the Miata, the Eos is still a VW meaning it has a healthy dose of fun-to-drive attitude.

You'll Like This Car If...

If the perfect collection for you would include a small, agile convertible, a car big enough for four, a fuel-efficient car and a car that pampers you with luxury and style, but you have room in your garage for only one vehicle, make it the 2013 Volkswagen Eos.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While we find the 2013 VW Eos convertible attractive, it does lacks the athletic looks found on more sport-oriented convertibles, and its retractable hardtop takes up space in both the rear-seat area and the trunk.

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Volkswagen Eos convertible gains a new Sport trim that includes all the features found in the Komfort trim and adds 18-inch wheels, a lowered sport suspension, a rear spoiler, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifter and adaptive bi-xenon headlights.

Driving the Eos

Driving Impressions Displaying ride and handling characteristics that approach some of the best fixed-roof coupes we've tested, the 2013 Volkswagen Eos qualifies as one of the sturdiest 4-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 6-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 to 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.

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.

2013 Volkswagen Eos Details
Interior

The interior of the 2013 VW Eos is more intelligently designed and better assembled than cars we've driven costing twice as much. The Lux and Executive trims' premium leather seating and 12-way power-adjustable front seats (including 4-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

Although, when viewed from the side, the Eos could easily be mistaken for a hardtop coupe, a handful of cut-lines gives away its true identity. Along with new LED taillights, the 2013 Eos is covered in more vivid paint choices and rides atop 17- and 18-inch wheels. 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 3-piece retractable hardtop. Safety features above and beyond the obligatory airbags include available swiveling bi-xenon headlights and an active rollbar that, in the event of a potential roll-over situation, pops up from behind the rear-seat head restraints.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Volkswagen Eos comes equipped with electronically controlled air conditioning, 6-speed DSG automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, power windows/locks/mirrors, 12-way power-adjustable front driver's seat with 4-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.

Optional Equipment

Options for 2013 are few and built into the standard features specific to each trim. Lux and Executive models add power-folding and heated side mirrors, auto-dimming interior mirror, a sport suspension, rain-sensing wipers, Park Distance Control, 12-way power passenger seat with 4-way power lumbar support, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and leather seating surfaces. The Executive trim features a 600-watt Dynaudio upgrade and navigation radio. All trims can be fitted with larger wheels, a rear lip spoiler and all-weather floor mats.

Under the Hood

The 2013 VW 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 turbocharged inline-4
200 horsepower @ 5,100-6,000 rpm
207 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 mpg

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2013 Volkswagen Eos Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 166 Ratings for the 2007 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

love it - most fun but practical convertible ever

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

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: "hard top convertible with sunroof"

Cons: "price"

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

"a little transformer top/up top/down or sunroof loaded with options and even fits my skis and suitcases."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

loving it!

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable ride, responsive, fun"

Cons: "premium gas"

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

2015 Eos Executive

"No car can really be a perfect 10 but this comes close. I special ordered my 2015 flash red Eos Executive and it finally arrived last week. It is gorgeous and kind of rare, which is fine with me. It's so much fun to drive and I like all the options like hardtop sunroof or full convertible. It has all the bells and whistles I want. One downside is that it uses premium gas but it's mostly just a summer car so that's not a huge issue. With the top up the car looks rather plainly styled except that the red is very bright. It surprises me that it doesn't seem to be a very popular car. I'm thinking that the price (for the Executive model) is too much considering an Audi is maybe 5k or so more. But the folding hard top is an engineering marvel and adds major cost to the car. I can't comment on reliability because I haven't owned it long enough. But so far this car is awesome!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

2015 Eos Executive

Nice convertible

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I've put 80,000 miles in 2.5 years and I love this car. The passenger front seat isn't very comfortable though."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Very good value for a retractable hardtop.

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,640

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
Not Rated

Pros: "Decent mileage, plenty of power, good price."

Cons: "Limited trunk space due to the retractable top."

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

"The car is sporty with plenty of power. The top is easy to put down and up. A good convertible for the money compared to more costly convertibles."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

I LOVE MY CAR!!

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

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: "great value, fun to drive and the car looks great"

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

"My EOS is everything I wanted in my car. Small ... but not too small. Mechanics are wonderful, has the standard option with turbo so if i need to get up and go quickly there are no problems doing so. I can not say enough how much I absolutely love my car. It is perfect for me, I do not have children so I have no need to put a carseat in my car at all. The backseat doesn't need extra space because I prefer not to have people back there anyway. My husband and I can drop the top and cruise."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

In Love with this car

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great looks, easy control access, good gas mileage"

Cons: "front seats could be more comfortable"

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

"The only negative about this car is that the front seats get uncomfortable during road trips. Love that both front seats have power and heat. Convertible top is easy and pretty quiet to operate."

16 people out of 32 found this review helpful

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