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2014 Volkswagen Eos

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2014 Volkswagen Eos Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.3

While most of us would love to own a convertible, the practicality of having one as our only car pretty much kills the dream. However, the 2014 Volkswagen Eos convertible is an exception to the rule, offering seating for more than two passengers, a quiet and comfortable cabin and the security of a hardtop roof. The Eos even includes a huge glass panel sunroof built into the retractable hardtop perfect for those times when you want more air and sun, but don't want to be buffeted on all sides by wind and road noise. Toss in a turbocharged engine that delivers impressive fuel economy, and it's easy to see why the 2014 VW Eos is helping keep the dream alive.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your driveway only has room for one car, but you have multiple automotive personalities, the Volkswagen Eos can likely satisfy most of them. In the summer, it's an open-air masterpiece, but come winter, the Eos transforms into a warm, dry and secure coupe.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The VW Eos isn't the sportiest convertible on the market, nor is it the most seductive. If you don't need an open-air car, a nice Volkswagen GTI with a power sunroof makes a better choice.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.3
  • 6.4
  • 6.4
  • 6.4
  • 5.8
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#3

out of 5

Fuel Economy

#5

out of 5

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.4 out of 10
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2014 Volkswagen Eos Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The 2014 Volkswagen Eos convertible tosses the Lux trim, reducing the line up to just the Komfort, Sport and Executive models. VW's Car-Net telematics provides a myriad of services including automatic crash notification, remote vehicle access via smartphone app, and stolen-vehicle location.

Driving the Eos
2014 Volkswagen Eos Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions It only takes a few minutes behind the wheel of the 2014 VW Eos to realize its ride and handling are on par with some of the best fixed-roof coupes...

we've tested. Wind and road noise so common in soft top convertibles are nowhere to be found inside the Eos, and the 2.0-liter turbo is not only a powerful engine, but a smooth one as well. On numerous occasions we were surprised to look down to see our Eos cruising along at a good clip in just 4th gear (there are six of them inside the Eos' DSG automatic transmission). Although the Eos is no GTI, it still proves quite competent when the road begins to twist and turn. 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.
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.

2014 Volkswagen Eos Details
2014 Volkswagen Eos Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The VW Eos' interior is more intelligently designed and better assembled than cars we've driven costing twice as much. The Executive trim's premium leather seating and 12-way power-adjustable front seats (including 4-way power-adjustable lumbar) are supremely comfortable, and the 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 space shrinks to just 6.6 cubic feet.

Exterior
2014 Volkswagen Eos photo

Although, when viewed from the side, the Eos could easily be mistaken for a hardtop coupe, a handful of cut-lines give away its true identity. Along with LED taillights, the 2014 Eos is covered in a choice of vivid paint colors 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 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 2014 Volkswagen Eos Komfort 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), heated front washer nozzles, Car-Net, Bluetooth connectivity and the Premium touch-screen navigation Radio with CD player, auxiliary audio input jack, iPod integration and eight speakers.

Optional Equipment

Options for 2014 are few and built into the standard features specific to each trim. The Sport trim adds a sport suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon adaptive front headlights, keyless entry with push-button start, and steering wheel paddle shifters. The 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 4-way power lumbar support and leather seating surfaces. The Executive trim also features a 600-watt Dynaudio upgrade and navigation radio. All trims can be fitted with different wheels, a rear lip spoiler and all-weather floor mats.

Under the Hood
2014 Volkswagen Eos Engine photo

The 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

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Volkswagen Eos Komfort's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts just over $36,000, jumps to around $39,000 for the nicely equipped Sport model, and tops out around $43,000 for a loaded Executive. Kelley Blue Book's Fair Purchase Price reflects real-world transaction prices close to these sticker prices. The Volvo C70 is the Eos' most kindred competitor in spirit, but it starts over $40,000 and, fully equipped, can approach $50,000. Smaller and less expensive is the Mazda Miata MX-5 Hardtop, with the only other 4-passenger hardtop in this price range being the Chrysler 200 Convertible. In terms of resale value, we expect the Eos to perform nominally on par with the C70 and MX-5 Miata and much better than the 200 Convertible.

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2014 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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