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2015 Volkswagen Eos

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/11/2015 Stefan Ogbac
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New for 2015

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos gets a new Final Edition trim level to commemorate its final year in production. This grade comes with 18-inch wheels, beige/black two-tone leather upholstery, contrast stitching, silver interior trim, rearview camera, and rain-sensing wipers.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos is a four-seat hardtop convertible sold in three trims. Its sole engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 with 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy is respectable at 22/30 mpg city/highway.

Overview

Acceleration in the 2015 Volkswagen Eos is brisk due to the dual-clutch automatic’s quick shifts and the turbo-four’s torque arriving below 2000 rpm. However, its handling is merely adequate due to the car’s heavy weight and the prominence of understeer. The Eos leans more toward being a cruiser rather than a canyon carver, making it “feel more grown up and refined” compared to performance-oriented convertibles.

In the 2015 Eos, interior space for four people is tight, and due to the folding hardtop, its trunk space is limited to 10.5 cubic feet and a pass-through. Comfort and tech features such as navigation, Dynaudio premium audio system, leather upholstery, push-button start, and LED daytime running lights are available only on higher trim levels.

UPDATE: In IIHS evaluations, the 2015 Eos received a Good score in three categories (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

As a luxury cruiser, the 2015 Volkswagen Eos is a viable choice with good acceleration, a folding hardtop, and a comfortable interior with an upscale feel. In a 2012 Convertible Comparison Test, we said that the car is more refined with less wind buffeting particularly with the wind-blocker raised. However, we also noted on a 2012 First Test that the car’s handling isn’t confidence inspiring due to excessive understeer. With the roof stowed, the Eos’ center of gravity is lower, improving its stability and balance.

You’ll Like

  • Brisk acceleration
  • Upscale-feeling cabin
  • Refined interior

You Won’t Like

  • Folding hardtop adds weight
  • Uninspiring handling
  • Tight rear seating

Key Competitors

  • Mini Hardtop Convertible
  • Fiat 500C/500C Abarth
  • Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
  • Ford Mustang Convertible
  • Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Rating

3 star

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