The Volkswagen Eos deserves more consideration than it gets. It provides the features and create class of a more expensive luxury model, making it a smart choice for drop-top sun seekers. Volkswagen Eos Convertible offers the following pros: High-tech retractable hardtop with integrated sunroof; solid dashboard quality; strong and efficient engine; ample option content. Volkswagen Eos Convertible drawbacks are: Tight backseat; built for convenience, not speed.
The 2012 Volkswagen Eos is a five-passenger convertible with a retractable hardtop roof that features an integrated sunroof. There are three versions: Komfort, Lux and Executive.
The base Komfort comes traditional with 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors and windshield washer nozzles, a wind deflector, keyless entry, cruise control, heated eight-way performance seatings with four-way adjustable lumbar support, "leatherette" luxury vinyl upholstery, a leather-wrapped helm and shifter, and Bluetooth. The traditional eight-speaker audio system features an optional stereo slot, an Ipod interface, HD radio, satellite radio, a CD player and a touchscreen interface.
The Lux adds various 17-inch wheels, parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a navigator (HD radio is deleted). The Executive adds a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch wheels and a 10-speaker Dynaudio audio system that restores HD radio. The Tech suite available on the Lux and Executive adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, headlight washers and a color trip computer screen. .
When the BMW 3 Series Convertible was represented, the only surprise was that it had a folding hard top. Other than that, its discreet looks were typical of the company. The distinctive kidney grille, tapered bonnet, strong shoulder line and sculpted sides were unmistakably BMW, but it seems that's why the company's buyers like its vehicles so much they're subtle.
Nobody buys a coupe-cabriolet for the practicality it provides in terms of luggage room. That's just as well, because the 3 Series Convertible can accommodate a mere 210 litres with the roof down, and all of 350 litres with it up. Back bench leg space is also compromised, although there's reasonable head space with the roof up. There's space for two only in the rear and they'll be okay as long as they're well under six feet tall. The only other luxury four-seater coupe-cabrio available is the Volvo C70, as all other competitors use a conventional cloth roof. Like the 3 Series, the Volvo seats four only and stows just 200 or 400 litres, depending on whether the roof is up or down.
BMW has never been too no-cost and simple with the traditional equipment on its vehicles. The days of poverty-spec vehicles have gone though, so the 3 Series convertible is reasonably well-equipped. Entry-level (SE) vehicles have 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, daytime running lights, xenon headlamps, back parking sensors, leather trim, electric windows and dual-zone conditioning as traditional. Move up to M Sport trim and you'll get 18-inch alloys, sports suspension, a multi-function helm and sports seatings.