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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.

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

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.

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
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

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

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

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2014 Volkswagen Eos Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 171 Ratings for the 2007 - 2016 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

I HATE MY 2007 VW EOS, nothing but trouble .

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I don't own this car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

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

"I own a 2007 VW EOS that only has 56,000 miles. It has been a lemon ever since I got it. Before I had 7,000 miles on it I had to have a new compressor twice, and since then I have had to have numerous other repairs to the motor, timing, window motor, convertible motor twice, lumbar seat motor, and numerous other repairs. I would NEVER recommend a VW of any kind to any body."

Fun!

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great engineering."

Cons: "Seats could be more comfortable"

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

"Bought this car at 1 year old for $25k. If you are a driver that appreciates the driving experience, this car is great for the price. The body is solid as is the engineering. Takes corners great. Mechanics of the top draws attention as does the sleek silver look. Tinted windows compliments the aerodynamics. I've gotten many many compliments. I would buy another but VW isn't making them anymore."

not what i expected

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fun"

Cons: "to many problems wit top"

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

"as far as vehicle its self looks and driving good, as far convertible top design, very poor,super problematic,early years models way to many problems!"

16 people out of 29 found this review helpful

SHE AND I ARE BEST FRIENDS

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,103

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive and look good in"

Cons: "Over Priced, Premium gas user"

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

"I took her off of the show room floor one month after they came out. She has only had one doctors office and goes for her check ups on time every 6,000 miles. Now that she is all mine as of 9/17/15 she now has to have a new Headliner replaced for about $1,100 plus reason being VW designed the pulley system on the retractable top out of a SHOE STRANG TYPE FABRIC THAT HAS NO SEEM ALOWANCE ON THE BRACEING. I am going to have it replaced in the spring but I also am writing a letter to three top people at VW telling them that I think VW should help pay part of my replacement bill. ROOF LEAKE IS THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM PEOPLE SAY THEY HAVE WITH THIS CAR BUT, IF YOU LUBERCATE ALL OF THE SEALS NO LESS THAN TWICE A YEAR AND ASK THE DEALER TO SEAL BEFORE YOU DRIVE OFF THE LOT, WITH "GUMMI PFLEGE SHIFT" SOLD ON AMAZOM OR KRYOX THROUGH MOST DEALERSHIPS YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY LEAKE PROBLEMS.."

10 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Amazingly well designed and functional car

By on Friday, September 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

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: "Fabulous extra features for the price"

Cons: "Sport design seats low"

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

"German engineering perfection. The top goes up and down with awesome precision. And there is a wonderful feature that keeps you from small crashes--thought I hit a wall in a parking garage but not a dent on my car. The sensors are always on guard. When backing up they warn you when someone suddenly is walking behind the car. Very helpful in crowded parking lots. On the freeway it glides along beautifully with ample power to make a quick move if necessary. It turns on a dime.This car is my good friend."

11 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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