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Edmunds Expert Review of the 2013 Volkswagen Eos Convertible

  • The Volkswagen Eos deserves more consideration than it gets. With the features and build quality of more expensive luxury models, the VW Eos is a smart choice for drop-top sun seekers.

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  • Pros

    Innovative retractable hardtop with integrated sunroof; solid interior quality; strong and efficient engine; ample feature content.

  • Cons

    Tight backseat; built for comfort, not speed.

  • What's New for 2013

    For 2013, the Volkswagen Eos introduces a new Sport trim level. Also, some previously optional items are now included standard at various trim levels.

Full 2013 Volkswagen Eos Review

What's New for 2013

For 2013, the Volkswagen Eos introduces a new Sport trim level. Also, some previously optional items are now included standard at various trim levels.


Volkswagen makes hatchbacks, wagons, sedans big and small, two flavors of SUV, contemporary re-issues of its iconic Beetle design, a minivan and even diesel engines. Yet if VW were a big box store, you'd find the 2013 Volkswagen Eos tucked away quietly in a back corner. It's VW's least popular model in terms of sales by far.

The Eos tends to get lost among more popular convertibles, which is curious given its strengths. Its innovative retractable hardtop roof features an integrated sunroof that tilts and slides. The  turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine -- shared with the sport-oriented GTI, among other VW models -- delivers punchy power and good fuel economy.

The Eos also offers an impeccably presented cabin built to standards that exceed similarly priced convertibles. It also offers lots of standard features that help justify its price premium over competitors like the Chrysler 200, Ford Mustang and Mini Cooper. With its size and front-wheel-drive layout, the Eos claims the middle ground between those cheaper rivals and luxury-sport convertibles like the Audi A5 and BMW 3 Series.

Maybe the Eos is overlooked because of its eccentric European styling. Or maybe it's because the Eos, though an adept and comfortable cruiser, doesn't dash or twist with any particular vigor. Maybe the small backseat dissuades buyers who intend to drive friends around on sunny days. Maybe it's just very expensive for a small car. Ultimately, we don't believe these shortfalls are deal-breakers. The 2013 Volkswagen Eos is simply too nice a car to drive under a clear, bright sky to rule it out from your shopping list of convertibles.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2013 Volkswagen Eos is a four-passenger convertible with a retractable hardtop roof. There are four trim levels: Komfort, Sport, Lux and Executive.

The base Komfort comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors and windshield washer nozzles, a wind deflector, keyless entry, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, premium vinyl upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver seat (eight-way adjustment for the front passenger), heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. The standard eight-speaker sound system features a touchscreen interface, a six-CD changer, HD radio, satellite radio, an iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack.

The Sport model builds on the Komfort feature list with 18-inch wheels, a sport suspension, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, brushed aluminum pedals and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The Lux takes the feature list from the Sport trim and adds different 18-inch wheels, parking sensors, power-folding outside mirrors (it's a Euro thing), keyless ignition/entry, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a touchscreen navigation system (HD radio is deleted). The Executive adds different 18-inch wheels, an upgraded navigation system, a rearview camera and a premium 10-speaker sound system.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2013 VW Eos is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automated manual gearbox ("DSG" in Volkswagen parlance) sends power to the front wheels. VW estimates that the Eos accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.


The 2013 Volkswagen Eos comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, pop-up rollover bars and front side airbags that extend upward for head protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the VW Eos earned a top rating of "Good" for both frontal-offset and side-impact tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

With a five-piece retractable hardtop (which includes an integrated tilting/sliding sunroof), the Eos is a convertible when you want it to be and a hardtop coupe when you don't. For full sun exposure, the top retracts in 25 seconds (it requires 16 inches of clearance behind the rear bumper to operate; rear sensors sound if you don't have enough room). Open or enclosed, the cabin features high-quality materials and excellent overall fit and finish.

Front passengers will find the Eos spacious enough, but adults in the backseat won't want to stay there long, since the hardtop mechanism forces the backrest to a more upright angle). There isn't much storage space either. When folded into the trunk, the retractable top leaves a roadster-like 6.6 cubic feet of cargo space. With the top up, trunk capacity increases to 10.5 cubes. The Eos' touchscreen interface works pretty well from an audio standpoint (the iPod interface is particularly well designed), but navigation functionality is hampered by the screen's small size.

Driving Impressions

The 2013 Volkswagen Eos is for drivers who want a relaxed touring convertible. On models without the sport suspension, there's too much body roll and vague steering for serious twisting-road fun. But on the boulevard or a coastal highway, the Eos delivers a soft and composed ride. The Eos' turbo four-cylinder contends with more weight compared with VW's GTI, for example, but it's still torquey and capable. And when the weather prevents top-down motoring, the retractable hardtop provides coupelike isolation from both weather and noise.

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Customer Reviews

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Bad trans. twice. plus other major problems

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Vehicle: 2012 Volkswagen Eos

We've had the car for about 30 of the 36 month lease. During the 30 months, car has been in the shop MORE than 60 days total (lost count). There have been 3 major oil leaks, parts failures, and the transmission needed to be repaired twice. The parts had to come from Germany. Glad we chose to lease. Can't wait to get rid of this thing.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

Bad choice

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Vehicle: 2012 Volkswagen Eos

I was dead set on getting a hard top, four seat convertible, and in my price range, there was only this and the Chrysler 200. I've never owned a Chrysler and don't want to. So that left this. Within two weeks of picking up the brand new 2012, the leaks started. VW won't fix it because they "can't diganose it." The way they "diagnose" it is to run a three inch Home Depot shower head attached to a hose suspended a foot over the center of the top of the car. Turns out when it rains in Rochester, NY, it rains over the entire car, not just a three inch spot over the center. VW America is a nightmare of a company to deal with.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

Fun to drive, but think before you buy

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Vehicle: 2012 Volkswagen Eos

My wife wanted to buy a convertible when we moved to GA from NY. We chose the Eos because of the hard top because our infant son. We also liked the roll over protection that is built into the rear head rests. However with the top down you have little room for cargo. We expected this, however I can barely fit my golf clubs in the trunk, even with the top up. The turbo charged engine is OK and fun at first, however it takes some pedal control to come off the line without slamming yourself back into the seat, when the turbo kicks in.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

Beware of defective water pumps

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Vehicle: 2012 Volkswagen Eos

I bought a 2012 EOS in April of 2011. As of this writing 12/24/11, I only have 3,100 miles on the car and it has had 3 water pumps put in. Fortunately, the car has not broken down yet, but the water pumps build up pressure after the cars warm up and a screeching noise can be heard from under the hood. My first was found by accident. With only 400 miles on the car, I had gotten out to run back into the house to retireve something and I heard the noise. I brought it back to the dealer and was told VW had a batch of defective water pumps and they would put another one in, which they did. Stand outside your EOS and listen for the noise! My car is being replaced.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

A solid winner, 2012 vw eos

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Vehicle: 2012 Volkswagen Eos

This senior has been driving domestic cars for 50+ years and recently leased a 2012 Eos Komfort convertible. My prior lease was a Pontiac G6 hardtop convertible The Eos blows the G6 away in many aspects and I loved that car.  Some words I use to describe the Eos are fun, quick, smooth, and beautiful. After 30 days and 1000 miles, I find the quality of workmanship and operation to be excellent. My mixed driving habits net me 28.3 mpg overall. The rear seating is fine for grandkids but I usually do not use these seats.  With the top in the trunk, you still have some room to go grocery shopping, not so with the G6. The wind screen behind the front seats is a welcome feature.  The car gives just enough road presence that you think you're driving a sport's car.There is a moderate learning curve for all the gadgets facing the driver, so engage your dealer's knowledge at delivery. My VW professionals made me very comfortable.  There is a vast array of exterior colors, I picked the Black Oak Brown with beige interior which has attracted many lookers. It was in the brochure and hooked me immediately. Now I can't stop finding reasons to drive my new Eos.

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

Fun convertible to drive!

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Vehicle: 2012 Volkswagen Eos

Owned a 2009 VW Eos that was totaled. Could not live without convertible. Looked at used BMW & Mercedes but Eos was my top pick. Fun car to drive and love updated body style on the 2012. Same engine as 2009 but 2012 seems smoother. Ride is much better than 2009 - not as much road noise & don't feel all the bumps like 2009. Love the push button start and keyless locking/opening of doors. Upgrades in Lux are well worth the extra couple of thousands over the Komfort. Will keep this car forever and love the new color choices - bought rising blue metallic and have had many compliments on color

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