Used 2016 Volkswagen Eos

Pros & Cons

  • Innovative retractable hardtop with integrated sunroof
  • solid interior quality
  • efficient engine
  • ample feature content.
  • Tight backseat
  • built for comfort, not speed
  • dated touchscreen interface is slow to respond.
List Price Estimate
$19,267 - $23,613

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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2016 Volkswagen Eos deserves more consideration than it gets. With the features and build quality of more expensive luxury convertibles, the VW Eos is a smart choice for drop-top sun seekers, if in limited quantities.

Vehicle overview

Rumors of its demise have been exaggerated, but only by a year. Production ended in November, so the 2016 Volkswagen Eos is the swan song of this German compact hardtop convertible. Though not exceedingly popular, the Eos occupies a niche as one of a few inexpensive hardtop convertibles on the market, and the only one with four seats. Further, its attractive and pleasantly upholstered interior provides a near-luxury experience without the matching price tag.

The 2016 Volkswagen Eos is the only inexpensive hardtop convertible with seating for four.

The Eos offers a compelling package to the right buyer. Its retractable hardtop isolates and secures the interior more strongly than a conventional soft top. What's more, the Eos' trick top features a sunroof, so you can dip your toes in the outside weather before jumping in. On the other hand, the hardtop is heavier than a soft top, which somewhat numbs the 200 horsepower from the turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The drivetrain remains enjoyable nevertheless, thanks in part to its quick-shifting automated manual transmission.

When the Eos sells out, those looking for a similar convertible at this price won't find much. The closest match is the new Buick Cascada, which is similar in many respects but has a traditional soft top. The popular Mazda Miata will provide more driving enjoyment but fewer seats, while the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro convertibles offer bolder styling and more engine choices. The Mini Cooper and Volkswagen's own Beetle convertible have near-premium interiors with heavy doses of personality. But if it's the hardtop you really need, the Volkswagen Eos is your choice.

Volkswagen Eos models

The 2016 Volkswagen Eos is a four-passenger convertible with a retractable hardtop roof. The sole trim level is called Komfort.

Although the Eos interior is of high quality, VW doesn't offer many of its latest tech features here.

Komfort trim comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors and windshield washer nozzles, a sunroof built into the folding roof and a rear wind blocker for top-down driving, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette (vinyl) upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with four-way power-adjustable lumbar support), heated front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Also standard is an eight-speaker sound system with a touchscreen interface, navigation, a six-CD changer, satellite radio, an iPod adapter cable, an auxiliary audio jack and Car-Net telematics.

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2016 Highlights

Though 2015 was announced as the Eos' final year, remaining models will continue to sell into 2016. Final Edition and Executive trims are discontinued, and the remaining and unchanged Komfort trim has been discounted by over $4,000.

Performance & mpg

The front-wheel-drive 2016 VW Eos is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automated manual transmission (DSG in VW parlance) provides the convenience of a conventional automatic transmission while giving manual-shift control to drivers who want it.

The EPA's estimated fuel economy is 25 mpg in combined driving (22 city/30 highway). VW estimates the Eos will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.

Safety

The 2016 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. Standard on all Eos models, VW's Car-Net telematics system includes automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote vehicle access, stolen vehicle location and geo-fencing (which allows parents to set boundaries for teenage drivers). A Car-Net smartphone app lets owners control many of these functions on the go.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the VW Eos earned a top rating of "Good" for both the moderate-overlap frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests. It also earned a Good rating for its seat/head restraint design in the Institute's rear-impact testing.

Driving

Although the 2016 VW Eos' turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is smooth and strong enough to motivate the convertible with satisfactory speed, the retractable hardtop and its associated mechanicals aren't light, so acceleration leans more toward relaxed than urgent. You'll get that same impression from the car's handling and braking abilities, too. Nevertheless, the Eos remains a right-size convertible with just enough performance to keep things breezy and fun.

Interior

Inside, the 2016 Volkswagen Eos is most notable for its transformative abilities: Functionally, it can be a hardtop coupe with seating for four in one moment and, at the push of a button, become a full-blown convertible in the next. 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). With the windows up, there's a wonderful lack of wind buffeting inside the Eos, even at highway speeds, making it easy to listen to the sound system or converse at normal volumes.

It takes 25 seconds to lower the Eos' roof, a pretty long time for any convertible.

Open or enclosed, the cabin features high-quality materials and excellent overall fit and finish. Our only real quibble has to do with the electronics. The 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. Further, if you're looking for blind-spot warning or forward-collision alert systems, you won't find them here.

The front seats are wide, comfortable enough and attractively upholstered, even with the vinyl (leatherette). Although the backseat is suitable for kids, adults will feel cramped, as the convertible top mechanism impinges on both passenger and trunk space. The trunk offers just 6.6 cubic feet of luggage space if you have the top down and a still-skimpy 10.5 cubic feet with the top up.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2016 Volkswagen Eos.

Average user rating: 4.3 stars
7 total reviews
5 star reviews: 72%
4 star reviews: 14%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 14%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, It's Like My Drivable Apple
RMCO,
Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
I enjoy this car tremendously - and just about everything about it. Living in a four-season climate, the hard top/convertable/sunroof gives me maximum flexibility to enjoy the car regardless of the conditions outside. I love when the roof is down however and the mechanism providing control over the roof is something out of a Transformer movie (the kids love watching it go up and down as do the adults). I would never own a soft-top as the conditions in Colorado are too severe. When the roof is up, the car does not look like a convertible - which I like. It is not an in-your-face car. Instead, it is a sleeper. It's only when the roof is down do people go wow. The vehicle handles like a sports car and I love that. Power when I need it, otherwise the ride is silk. The controls and cockpit in general are low-fi for the most part and again, I like that. Rotating knobs that have a tactile feel to them. Useful readouts across the cockpit and excellent positioning of controls make it a pleasure to use. I would have like more USB support but am happy with the Bluetooth which I use all the time. Storage in the trunk both with and without the hood down is ample. I have made many a run to Costco and am able to (carefully) place a lot of stuff in the back. I do not as a rule drive the car in the snow - mostly because it is my baby and have an SUV for those snowy days. It handles well otherwise in all other conditions. Having four seats is another huge bonus for a small convertible. My daughter and her friends love a drive to the ice cream shop in the back with the hood down. The EOS is a gem. Few people have seen it and when they do, the compliments flow (always). There is little not to like about this little car. If you are looking for brand recognition or super speed, this isn't your car. If you want something that makes you happy when you drive (all the time), this is it.
5/5 stars, A Steal in 2016
Becca Petrin,
Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Everyone says this car isn't sporty, but I think it is. My wife has an Audi Q4 and that car wants to speed, its engine is always hungry for faster. The Eos is also hungry for speed. Not quite as hungry as the Audi, luckily, but it's not for racing (and I'd argue the Audi is too fast to the point of being dangerous.) I love the Eos. The hard top means I can actually leave a car seat in there in the city and not worry about it getting stolen. My Wrangler soft top was constantly robbed. The car will fit me, the wife, the baby, the dog, and a weekend getaway's luggage with the top up, so we fill it up, go to the coast, unload, and we're set for top down cruising. The Eos is fun to drive, comfortable, sporty, and I feel like I got way more features than the price tag suggests. I got it in black and it looks a little like the Batmobile with the top up. The interior finishes are gorgeous. The handling is tight and responsive. The sound system is great and with Spotify streaming to the speakers, perfect. The nav doesn't show traffic, I wish it were Google maps - but I just use my phone for navigating heavy traffic. This leaves my Wrangler in the dust in every way. Ease of dropping the top, handling, mileage, safety, trunk space, and comfort. The Audi is comparable but not a convertible! I've driven their soft tops but I love the Eos' hard top. Anyways, I think the discounted Eos is a steal and recommend driving one and if you like it, get it while you can!
4/5 stars, Peppy EOS
R Smith,
Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
Engine very responsive, Transmission is faster than manual. Convertible top is unique in that you have panoramic sunroof that opens and the entire top goes down if you want, only known car of with this design. Extra heavy because of convertible hard top but powerful with the turbo and 2.0 engine. Handles very well.
5/5 stars, I love Veronica!
Ellen Elias,
Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
I had to give my shiny red convertible a name because it is adorable and awesome to drive! Haven't had this much fun in years. I don't even mind getting stuck in traffic because having the top down keeps me smiling.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$31,995
MPG & Fuel
22 City / 30 Hwy / 25 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 gal. capacity
Seating
4 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed automated manual
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 200 hp @ 5100 rpm
Torque: 207 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 174.1 in. / Height: 56.9 in. / Width: 70.5 in.
Curb Weight: 3508 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 10.5 cu.ft.

Safety

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good



FAQ

Is the Volkswagen Eos a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2016 Eos both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Volkswagen Eos fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Eos gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Eos has 10.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Volkswagen Eos. Learn more

Is the Volkswagen Eos reliable?

To determine whether the Volkswagen Eos is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Eos. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Eos's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2016 Volkswagen Eos a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2016 Volkswagen Eos is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2016 Eos is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2016 Volkswagen Eos?

The least-expensive 2016 Volkswagen Eos is the 2016 Volkswagen Eos Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $31,995.

Other versions include:

  • Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) which starts at $31,995
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What are the different models of Volkswagen Eos?

If you're interested in the Volkswagen Eos, the next question is, which Eos model is right for you? Eos variants include Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM). For a full list of Eos models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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Used 2016 Volkswagen Eos Overview

The Used 2016 Volkswagen Eos is offered in the following submodels: Eos Convertible. Available styles include Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM). The Used 2016 Volkswagen Eos comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automated manual. The Used 2016 Volkswagen Eos comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2016 Volkswagen Eos?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the Used 2016 Volkswagen Eos and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the Used 2016 Eos 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the Used 2016 Eos.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2016 Volkswagen Eos and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2016 Eos featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

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What's a good price for a New Used 2016 Volkswagen Eos?

Used 2016 Volkswagen Eos Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)

The Used 2016 Volkswagen Eos Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,860. The average price paid for a new Used 2016 Volkswagen Eos Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) is trending $12,420 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $12,420 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,440.

The average savings for the Used 2016 Volkswagen Eos Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) is 37.8% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2016 Volkswagen Eos?

2016 Volkswagen Eos Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), 6-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (recommended)
25 compined MPG,
22 city MPG/30 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG25
Transmission6-speed automated manual
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger Volume87.9 cu.ft.
Wheelbase101.5 in.
Length174.1 in.
Width70.5 in.
Height56.9 in.
Curb Weight3508 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2016 Volkswagen Eos?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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