2014 Volkswagen Eos Review

Pros & Cons

  • Innovative retractable hardtop with integrated sunroof
  • solid interior quality
  • efficient engine
  • ample feature content.
  • Tight backseat
  • built for comfort, not speed
  • touchscreen interface is slow to respond in Executive models.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2014 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.

Vehicle overview

The Volkswagen Eos is named for the ancient Greek goddess of the dawn, whose team of horses, Lampos and Phaethon, pulled her chariot every morning to open the gates of heaven so her brother Helios, the sun, could travel through the sky bringing forth daylight.

It turns out to be an apt name, since the VW Eos is a convertible. It's a good one, too, with a rich, well-built, four-passenger interior that's nicely sealed off from both wind noise and the elements by a standard retractable hardtop. As for that team of horses, the 2014 Volkswagen Eos's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides punchy performance while returning good fuel economy. This, along with the car's relaxed ride, makes it a natural for road trips, whether you leave the top up or put it down.

All of this should make the Volkswagen Eos a popular convertible, but it has never been a great sales success. In part, this may be due to its understated personality: The Eos looks nice enough in your driveway, but nothing about its styling or its handling characteristics excites or inspires like a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, 2014 Ford Mustang or even VW's own Beetle convertible -- all of which are less expensive to boot.

There's also a practical aspect to consider. The Eos' backseat doesn't offer much space for adults or teenagers, which might lead you to a roomier option like the 2014 Chrysler 200 . Finally, consumers willing to spend just a bit more might find a better-performing, luxury-brand convertible like the 2014 Audi A5 more appealing.

On the other hand, apart from the A5, none of these competitors is as polished on the inside as the 2014 Volkswagen Eos, and only the Chrysler can even be optioned with a retractable hardtop. For these reasons, we continue to recommend this goddess-of-the-dawn convertible to shoppers who are more interested in a comfortable, refined driving experience than trendy design or sporty handling.

2014 Volkswagen Eos models

The 2014 Volkswagen Eos is a four-passenger convertible with a retractable hardtop roof. There are three trim levels: Komfort, Sport and Executive.

The Komfort comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors and windshield washer nozzles, a sunroof, a wind deflector, 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 leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Also standard is an eight-speaker sound system with a touchscreen interface, voice-controlled navigation, a six-CD changer, satellite radio, an iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack and VW's Car-Net telematics service.

The Sport model adds 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, keyless entry/ignition, brushed aluminum trim on the pedals and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The Executive model has all of the Sport's equipment, save for the spoiler and paddle shifters. It then adds different 18-inch wheels, automatic wipers, parking sensors, power-folding outside mirrors, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat (with power lumbar), leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an upgraded navigation system with a larger touchscreen display, a rearview camera, HD radio and a premium Dynaudio 10-speaker sound system.

2014 Highlights

The 2014 Volkswagen Eos comes standard with VW's new Car-Net telematics system, which includes security and convenience features like roadside assistance and remote vehicle access. Trim levels and equipment are also revised this year.

Performance & mpg

The 2014 VW Eos is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automated manual transmission (known as DSG) sends power to the front wheels.

VW estimates that the Eos will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, which is average for a convertible in this price range. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 25 mpg combined (22 mpg city/30 mpg highway).


The 2014 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. A rearview camera and parking sensors are standard on the Executive trim level. Standard on all Eos models, VW's new 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 tests. It also earned a Good rating for its seat/head restraint design in the Institute's rear-impact testing.


The 2014 Volkswagen Eos is for drivers who want a relaxed touring convertible rather than a sporty one. Whether you're cruising the boulevards or coastal highways, the Eos delivers a comfortable and composed ride. And when the weather prevents top-down motoring, the retractable hardtop provides coupelike isolation from both weather and noise. If you like to drive the back roads on occasion, we'd steer you toward the Sport and Executive models, which have a sport-tuned suspension that gives the car better balance around turns.

The Eos is a relatively heavy car for its size, so its turbocharged four-cylinder engine doesn't feel quite as potent as it does in, say, VW's GTI. Nevertheless, there's plenty of power here for around-town acceleration and highway passing.


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 base touchscreen interface in Komfort and Sport 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. The Executive model features a usefully larger screen, but we've found this higher-end interface slower to process commands whether you're changing a radio station or entering a destination.

Consumer reviews

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Loving it!
I just purchased my 2014 Executive and am loving it! I'm 5'11 and was worried about leg and head room, but it's perfect. Drives great and I'm getting better than 30mpg on the highway. (on a 200 mile trip with 50/50 top down/top up I came out with 31.5 mpg over two mountain passes)
VW Eos Executive........comfortable in it's own skin
It is a beautiful understated car that get's it all done. Some say it lacks character and does not hold up to the competition. Haven't really figured out what those folks are talking about. It has top shelf quality, modern tech and is a blast to drive. All convertibles lack something. The criticism I read is it not one of the cool kids in it's class. Funny though, us owners are having a great time without drawing attention. We enjoy a ride that caters to our needs and not those on the outside. I will own for a very long time. It's a great car.
Fun to drive
Maynard Cheris,01/17/2018
Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)
great value for a hardtop convertible

Features & Specs

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IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2014 Volkswagen Eos Overview

The Used 2014 Volkswagen Eos is offered in the following submodels: Eos Convertible. Available styles include Komfort 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), Executive 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), and Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM).

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