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2012 Volkswagen Eos Review

Test drivers liked the 2012 Volkswagen Eos’ peppy acceleration and top-notch interior, but it offers limited top-down trunk space and has a low reliability rating for an upscale midsize car. 

Pros & Cons

  • Innovate sunroof
  • Lively acceleration
  • Lackluster handling
  • Low reliability rating

New for 2012

  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • Automated manual transmission became standard




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 10.0 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2012 Volkswagen Eos Overview

The 2012 Eos comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and reviewers were very pleased with the strong acceleration it provides. Critics appreciated the Eos’ standard six-speed automated manual transmission as well, saying it shifts very quickly. According to the EPA, the 2012 VW Eos gets 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is very good among competing convertibles. Reviewers wrote that the Eos has a smooth ride, but they said it leans a fair amount during cornering and its steering isn’t particularly sharp. Most test drivers agreed the Eos is more at home cruising the highway than it is tackling winding roads.

Reviewers said that the 2012 Eos has top-notch interior materials and attractive cabin styling. Critics said the Eos’ front seats are comfortable, but as with most convertibles, the back seat is cramped. Trunk space in the Eos shrinks from 10.5 cubic feet with the top raised to 6.6 with it down, and test drivers said the folded roof severely limits available stowage space. However, they did like the sunroof built into the Eos’ roof for when occupants don't want the top fully opened. Standard features include leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, iPod and auxiliary inputs and Bluetooth. Leather upholstery, navigation and parking sensors are available.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Lexus IS 350 has an excellent reliability rating, and reviewers said that its V6 engine provides potent acceleration. They also appreciated the IS 350 convertible’s comfortable ride and excellent cabin build quality.

Automotive journalists agreed that the 2012 Audi A5 convertible has lively acceleration, solid handling and a beautiful interior with impeccable fit and finish. Reviewers also pointed out that the A5’s soft convertible top doesn’t take up as much trunk space as the retractable hardtops in many rivals.

Compare the Eos, IS and A5 »


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