Mike West Road Test: 2014 Eos Sport From Volkswagen
It’s such a bummer to get a convertible to test for a week, only to have it pour seven days in a row. On the positive side, this hard top convertible is a nice alternative to a cloth roof for our dark wintery days, especially with the built in sunroof.
This is the 2014 version of the Volkswagen Eos, in silver metallic paint. A very well built 4-passenger vehicle. It is available in three trims: Komfort, Sport, which is what I drove and Executive. Every Eos comes with a 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine and fantastic six-speed duel clutch automatic/manual transmission.
Did I say four-passenger vehicle? Technically yes, but it is pretty cramped back there.
With all of the magical engineering that went into making this hard top fold into the rear, there isn’t much space left for groceries, even with the top up.
The interior bathed in titan black leatherette is more exciting to look at than the exterior. What you see here is touch screen navigation with satellite navigation voice-activated Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel.
The Eos is great in the city or on long stretches of highway. It’s nimble, well planted and actually fun to drive, despite its conservative skin.
Yes, the top does rattle or squeak once in a while on bumpy roads, but for the most part, this is very buttoned down vehicle. With everything you see here, except sun, total price is $38,650.00.
2014 Eos Specs
Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Dual-clutch automatic transmission
200-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
22 MPG City 30 Highway/25 Combined
Price at test $38,650.00
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