2016 Volkswagen Eos

The Volkswagen Eos is entering its final year on the market. Drawing its name from the Greek goddess of the sunrise, the Eos is a two-door convertible with a retractable hardtop that converts the vehicle from all-weather coupe to sun-worshiper's steed in a matter of seconds. Designed more as a cruiser than a sports car, the Eos nonetheless features a strong engine, a refined ride and plenty of luxury and technology features.

The Eos was introduced in 2007 but a recent mid-cycle facelift added new lights and a new grille, putting the Eos in-line with other members of the Volkswagen family.

Life Aboard
The refined interior, available in several color options, showcases standard "Matte Chrome" detailing as well as chrome-framed window buttons and light switches. On higher trim levels, genuine walnut wood adds elegance to the instrument and door panels, and is accompanied by "Vienna" leather seating.

All Eos models are equipped with a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and shift knob.

Engine and Transmission
The Eos is exclusively available with a 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder gasoline engine. This direct-injected mill produces 200 horsepower and develops 207 lbs-ft. of torque, while delivering 22 city and 29 highway miles per gallon.

Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

High-Tech Features
Likely the defining feature of the Eos, the five-part roof unit converts the Eos from a coupe to a convertible (and vice versa) in just 25 seconds with the touch of a button. Unlike other comparably-priced convertibles, the Eos features a fully-functional sunroof with shade, allowing an open-air experience even when the convertible top is up.

As temperatures rise and fall, the Eos is ready to respond with its standard dual-mode automatic climate control system that adjusts temperature based on the position of the convertible top.

Standard Features
The Eos lineup has been pared down to a single trim level called Komfort. It comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, a power sunroof with a tilt function, power windows, fog lights, heated washer nozzles, cruise control, dual-zone A/C, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, navigation, and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Eos can be ordered with Volkswagen's Car-Net infotainment system, which integrates the car's entertainment, navigation and climate control systems while offering crash notification, roadside assistance and stolen vehicle location assistance. Car-Net also features remote vehicle access, speed and boundary alerts and it can provide a vehicle health report. The bulk of Car-Net's features can be accessed via a smartphone.

Occupant Safety
The Eos includes several features designed to enhance driver and passenger safety, including roll bars that are integrated into the seats and sensor-deployed in the event of a roll-over. Standard fog lamps now feature integrated cornering lights to heighten safety on all models.

Other safety gear comes includes dual front and side airbags, traction and stability control system and electronic brake force distribution.

Key Competitors
Trying to find a true competitor for the Eos is not an easy task. It is a particularly small convertible, something not common in North America, and to further complicate the matter it focuses on cosmetics and comfort over handling. As such, there aren't many true competitors, but some alternatives might include the MINI Cooper Convertible. Buyers might also be tempted to cross-shop it with the sportier Beetle Convertible.