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2011 Volkswagen Eos Review

The 2011 Volkswagen Eos has a pleasant ride, decent handling and a nice interior, making it a fine convertible for sunny days. However, those looking for driving excitement beyond windswept hair, or good dependability will want to look elsewhere.

Pros & Cons

  • High-quality interior
  • Comfortable handling
  • Numerous standard features
  • Good fuel economy
  • Cramped back seat and small trunk
  • Underpowered
  • Suspension too soft for some




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 10.0
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2011 Volkswagen Eos Overview

When it was new, critics liked the 2011 Volkswagen Eos for its high-quality interior and composed, refined handling. However, most also found that the Eos isn’t terribly exciting or engaging to drive. If you’re more interested in the retractable hardtop than performance, then the Eos may fit the bill. Reviewers liked the power sunroof that’s built into the Eos’ retractable hardtop for occasions where you may not want the top down but still want to let some light in. The Eos has exceptional safety scores.

The Eos is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower. Some critics said the motor feels responsive and adequate enough to move the Eos, and thought that it offers brisk acceleration. Those who want the best handling possible should look for models equipped with the sport suspension. The front-wheel drive Eos is available with either a manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy is fairly good for the class, as both models earn a 25-mpg combined fuel economy rating. When the roof is up, the Eos can hold 10.5 cubic feet of cargo, which is low for the class, but putting the roof down drops trunk space to 6.6 cubic feet.

Inside, critics were very pleased with the Eos, saying it demonstrates good fit and finish. They said the front seats were very comfortable, and in typical convertible fashion, complained that the back seat felt cramped. Base Komfort models come standard with dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, Bluetooth, an eight-speaker stereo and satellite radio. Up-level Lux models add rain-sensing windshield wipers, leather seats and different interior accent trim. Options when it was new include backup sensors, navigation, a USB port and a Dynaudio stereo.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Volvo C70 is also a front-wheel drive retractable hardtop convertible, and like the Eos, the C70 prioritizes fun in the sun instead of canyon-carving performance. Critics said the C70 has a stylish interior and some of the most comfortable front seats in the business. 

The 2011 Lexus IS-C also has a retractable hardtop, as well as a Lexus-grade interior, which critics admired. Although most critics said its suspension is tuned more for comfort than athleticism, it is available with a more powerful engine, which makes the IS-C more entertaining to drive. 

Compare the Eos to the C70 and IS-C »


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