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By Cars.com Staff
October 6, 2010
The Eos is a four-seat hardtop convertible, and it occupies a small niche in the car market. It's sold in Komfort and ritzier Lux trim levels.
New for 2011 Volkswagen's multimedia interface with an iPod cable is now standard, and the Komfort model gets standard 17-inch alloy wheels, same as the Lux. The free trial subscription for Sirius satellite radio has been reduced to three months from six.
Exterior The Eos has a clean, sporty look with design cues similar to those on the Jetta. VW says the power hardtop's operation takes about 25 seconds. Exterior features include:
Standard 17-inch wheels
Available 18-inch wheels (Lux)
Standard daytime running lights
Standard power-operated and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals
Standard heated washer fluid
Optional xenon headlights
Optional adaptive headlights that swivel in the direction of turns
Optional automatic wipers
Interior The Eos offers VW's storied interior design and materials. A relatively low windshield grants an exceptional open-air feeling, even for front occupants. The power front seats are designed to motor forward to enable backseat access and then return to their original position.
Typical of retractable hardtops, the Eos loses trunk space when the top is down, but it has a pass-through to the cabin, a rare feature in convertibles. Interior features include:
Available simulated leather and leather upholstery
Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel
Standard heated seats
Standard power windows and locks
Standard multimedia interface with iPod cable
Optional 600-watt 10-speaker audio system
Optional navigation unit
Under the Hood The Eos uses the same turbocharged engine as several other VW and Audi models. Mechanical features include:
200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder with 207 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
Safety Side-impact airbags in the Eos deploy from the front seats and are designed to protect occupants' heads in the absence of roof-mounted side curtain airbags, which can't be installed in a convertible's roof. Safety features include:
Standard side-impact airbags
Standard rollover protection system
Standard antilock braking system and traction control
Standard electronic stability control
Standard alarm system
Optional rear parking sensors
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