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2014 Volkswagen Eos Review

The Volkswagen Eos has a luxe interior, a comfortable ride, and generous standard features. However, a below-average reliability rating sets this hardtop convertible back in our compact car rankings. 

Pros & Cons

  • Quality cabin materials
  • Smooth ride
  • Limited trunk space
  • Tight rear seats




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.7
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2014 Volkswagen Eos Overview

Is the 2014 Volkswagen Eos a Good Used Car?

The Volkswagen Eos is a decent option if you’re shopping for a four-seat convertible. It has a zesty turbocharged engine, a soft ride, and a posh cabin, as well as a retractable hardtop that seals out noise especially well.

Used 2014 Volkswagen Eos Performance and Interior

The Volkswagen Eos has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. The engine scoots the Eos up to speed briskly, and the added punch from its turbocharger gives the VW confident passing power. The transmission earns praise for its quick and mostly seamless shifts, though it can occasionally hesitate at low speeds. The Eos returns decent fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

The Eos has a pleasant ride quality and nicely weighted steering. Its suspension soaks up most bumps in the road without fuss. The Eos Sport and Executive trims feature a stiffer sport-tuned suspension, which improves its balance around corners. Still, even those models cruise comfortably – and quietly. The Eos’ hardtop does an excellent job of filtering out road and wind noise.

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The Volkswagen Eos seats four and impresses with its elegant, upscale cabin. Interior fit-and-finish is superb by class standards. The Eos’ well-bolstered front seats are supportive and comfortable on longer trips. The rear seats are cramped for adults, though smaller children should find them roomy enough. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. All Eos models come equipped with a power-retractable hardtop that can raise or lower in 25 seconds. The hardtop also features a large built-in sunroof. There’s a decent 10.5 cubic feet of trunk space when the hardtop is up, but this space shrinks to a teeny 6.6 cubic feet when the top is stowed.

Volkswagen equips all Eos models with a touch-screen navigation system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and access to Car-Net (an app suite that includes emergency roadside assistance and remote vehicle access via smartphone). The standard touch screen has simple, easy-to-use controls. A larger 6.5-inch screen is available in Executive models only, and while it’s easier to read, it can be sluggish to process commands or navigation inputs.

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Used 2014 Volkswagen Eos Prices

The price of a used 2014 Eos ranges from about $21,100 for Komfort models to around $24,900 for Executive models. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Volkswagen Eos?

The VW Eos has below-average reliability, earning a score of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Eos?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Eos the highest safety rating of Good in all three areas tested – moderate overlap front crash safety, side impact safety, and seat safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not publish crash test results.

All Eos convertibles come standard with a rollover protection system, which deploys a pair of hidden roll bars in the event that a rollover is likely. Available active safety features include parking sensors, a rearview camera, and adaptive headlights that pivot to illuminate turns in the road.

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Should I Consider Another Used Eos?

The Volkswagen Eos received a major design refresh for the 2012 model year, which included updated interior and exterior styling. Navigation became standard in 2014, but otherwise, the Eos went relatively unchanged between 2012 and its final model year in 2015. You’re apt to find similarly equipped 2012 and 2013 models at lower prices than the 2014 Eos.

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Which Used Volkswagen Eos Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Eos comes in three trim levels: Komfort, Sport, and Executive. The base model Volkswagen Eos Komfort comes well-equipped with V-Tex leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a power-retractable hardtop, dual-zone climate control, remote keyless entry, cruise control, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a 5-inch touch-screen navigation system, fog lights, and alloy wheels.

The Eos Sport trim adds shift paddles, a sport-tuned suspension, proximity keyless entry with push-button start, and adaptive bi-xenon headlights. The Eos Executive trim adds leather upholstery, a larger 6.5-inch touch screen, a Dynaudio sound system, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing wipers.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Eos. Volkswagen 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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2014 Volkswagen Eos and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen Eos or 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a far better choice if you’re shopping for a fun-to-drive convertible. The sharp-handling Mazda Miata is a hoot on twisting roads, and it’s available with either a soft top or a hardtop. The Miata has better reliability and ownership costs than the Eos. Used models are typically less expensive as well. That said, the Mazda is a sports car. It only seats two and has an even smaller trunk than the Eos. As long as you pack lightly and don’t need a back seat for the kids, the Miata is the better buy.

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen Eos or 2014 Mini Cooper?

The Mini Cooper convertible is a subcompact car. Like the Eos, it seats four and has a below-average reliability rating. Both vehicles offer enough rear-seat space for kids, though adults will feel cramped. The Mini is the far sportier choice of the two; its steering is sharp and it carves corners with sports-car-like agility. That said, its ride quality borders on harsh. It has fewer standard features, and its infotainment is trickier to use. The Eos is more pleasant to drive regularly. It’s the better pick overall.

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen Eos or 2014 Chrysler 200?

The 2014 Chrysler 200 convertible is a midsize car. It tops the Eos in a few key areas: its back seat is a bit more adult-friendly, it offers roomier trunk space, and used models are often substantially less expensive. That’s not enough to make this Chrysler a good buy, however. The 200 doesn’t feel as refined as the Eos – from its interior quality, to its infotainment system, to its ride and handling. Both vehicles earn below-average reliability ratings.

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