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7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: TBD
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2015 Volkswagen Eos Review

Beside its distinctiveness as a hardtop convertible, little sets the 2015 Volkswagen Eos apart from other compact cars. It handles OK and has decent horsepower, but its high cost of ownership pushes it toward the bottom of the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Crisp, clean interior
  • Well-designed convertible top
  • Small trunk
  • Cramped rear seats

2015 Volkswagen Eos Overview

Is the 2015 Volkswagen Eos a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos has a four-cylinder engine that struggles at times to move this relatively heavy affordable small car along. Its handling is dull and its interior, while nicely equipped, has a cramped rear seat. Predicted reliability is average for the industry but just below average for the segment. This is a good used car if you desire a hardtop convertible. Otherwise, there are better compacts and soft-top compact convertibles to consider.

Used 2015 Volkswagen Eos Performance and Interior

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos convertible is a cruiser, not a sprinter. All models pack the same engine and transmission combination: a turbocharged four-cylinder and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic that drives the car’s front wheels. The setup delivers 200 horsepower, but that power feels a bit light. The convertible has a smooth, refined ride and a well-balanced chassis, the latter of which isn’t always a hallmark of convertibles (no fixed roof can mean more body shake). The Eos is comfortable to drive with the top down. Wind entering the cabin at higher speeds is reduced thanks to a diffuser at the windshield’s edge and a deflector that can be mounted behind the second-row seats.

Surprisingly, the Eos does not return exceptional fuel economy despite its leisurely performance. It gets an EPA rating of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

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The 2015 Volkswagen Eos seats four and features leatherette upholstery in its base Komfort trim. Leather seats are available. Both front seats feel comfortable and supportive, offering a generous 41.7 inches of legroom. The rear seats are small and cramped, providing just 32.5 inches of legroom. Taller passengers will want to sit up front. Since the Eos has only two doors, a power “easy entry” function slides the front seats forward for better access to the rear seats.

Standard equipment in the 2015 Volkswagen Eos includes a power-retractable hardtop with a built-in panoramic glass sunroof, a 5-inch touch-screen navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth. Most of the Eos’ dashboard controls are easy to use, though the standard navigation screen is small. The 2015 VW Eos has 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the top up (which is small for the class) and 6.6 cubic feet with the top down. The Eos comes standard with a lockable center pass-through for long, narrow items, but its rear seats do not fold down to expand the trunk space.

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Used 2015 Volkswagen Eos Prices

The price of a used 2015 Volkswagen Eos ranges from about $25,200 for the Komfort trim to around $29,900 for the Executive trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 87 professional reviews for this 2015 Volkswagen Eos overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Volkswagen Eos?

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos has a predicted reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That’s an average score for the automotive industry as a whole.

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How Safe Is the Eos?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Eos the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front, head restraints and seats, and side crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not evaluate the Eos. There is no standard active safety equipment in the base Eos, but a rearview camera comes with the Final Edition and Executive trims. Some models also feature parking sensors and adaptive headlights, which makes them better equipped than most nonluxury roadsters.

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Should I Consider Another Used Eos?

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos was the last official model year of the car’s first and only generation, which launched in 2007. There was a limited production run in 2016. For 2015, the Eos Final Edition trim replaced the 2014 Eos Sport trim, offering some interior and exterior upgrades.

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Which Used Volkswagen Eos Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Volkswagen Eos comes in a single hardtop convertible body style and features three trim levels: Komfort, Final Edition, and Executive. The base Komfort trim has a power sunroof, a wind deflector, leatherette upholstery, a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, a 5-inch touch-screen infotainment system, satellite navigation, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. The midrange Final Edition adds leather seats, a push-button ignition, stiffer suspension settings, and adaptive headlights that can turn up to 15 degrees while rounding corners. The Executive trim adds dark wood interior accents, parking sensors, and a 10-speaker Dynaudio sound system. The base Komfort trim is a good choice thanks to its long list of standard equipment. Choose a higher trim only if you want leather seats or an upgraded stereo system.

Even with its average predicted reliability, you might consider a certified pre-owned Eos. VW provides a two-year/24,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles. Each CPO Volkswagen must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

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2015 Volkswagen Eos and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen Eos or 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata is about as simple as it gets: a lightweight convertible with two seats, rear-wheel drive, and a zippy four-cylinder engine. That contrasts with the more luxurious Eos. While the Mazda may be barebones, its remarkable handling and mechanical precision make it more fun to drive than the Eos.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen Eos or 2015 Audi A3?                                        

The 2015 Audi A3 convertible will cost you only slightly more than the Eos, but the extra money may be worth it. The A3 offers drop-top seating for four, while space is more cramped in the Volkswagen. The A3 also has clean and crisp interior styling, all-wheel drive in some models, and a truly potent 220-horsepower four-cylinder engine. All these factors make the A3 the better choice.

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