2012 Volkswagen Eos Front Angle View 2012 Volkswagen Eos Review and Specification | For 2012 the 2012 Volkswagen Eos front fascia more closely resembles the new Jetta is while the interior receives VW is next generation infotainment and climate controls. The DSG automated manual gearbox is now standard equipment while keyless ignition or entry and HD radio are now available options. Introduction 2012 Volkswagen Eos was the ancient Greek goddess of the dawn known for her daily ritual of opening heaven is gates to welcome the sun. The 2012 Volkswagen Eos does much the same thing with it is retractable hardtop convertible roof or unique built in sunroof. Yet unlike it is goddess namesake the VW Eos does not get a lot of respect and we are not talking about offerings of wine and goat meat. The Volkswagen Eos tends to be forgotten among the convertible ranks despite it is many advantages, Besides 2012 Volkswagen Eos is innovative roof the Eos has a 2.0 liter turbo four cylinder engine shared with the GTI among others that delivers punchy power and high fuel economy and a quick shifting DSG automated manual transmission. The impeccable cabin is built to a standard that exceeds similarly priced convertibles and offers abundant standard features that help justify 2012 Volkswagen Eos is price premium over other competitors like the Chrysler 200 Ford Mustang and Mini Cooper. 2012 Volkswagen Eos Side View With 2012 Volkswagen Eos is size and front wheel drive layout the Eos claims a middle ground between those cheaper models and luxury drop tops like the Audi A5 and BMW 3 Series and is a must look for buyers considering convertibles on either end of the price spectrum. So why has not the 2012 Volkswagen Eos enjoyed better success We can only think of a couple of reasons, For one it is backseat is small although you were not expecting palatial rear space in a convertible were you. And perhaps the Eos is pedestrian styling which despite being updated for 2012 does not really stand out in a segment where looks are prized. Finally the Eos does not move with any particular verve although 2012 Volkswagen Eos is an adept and comfortable cruiser. Ultimately you will decide whether these are deal breakers but we encourage you to give this little convertible a chance and maybe some needed respect. 2012 Volkswagen Eos Front Angle View Interior The refined interior available in several color options showcases new trim on the instrument panel and doors with standard Matte Chrome detailing as well as chrome framed window buttons and light switches. On higher trim lines genuine walnut wood adds elegance to the instrument and door panels and is accompanied by supple Vienna leather seating. All Volkswagen Eos are equipped with leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel and shift knob. Engine and Transmission Providing a dynamic driving experience the 2012 Volkswagen Eos features the powerful and efficient German engineering that drivers have come to expect from Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Eos utilizes the acclaimed 2.0 liter 16 valve DOHC turbocharged and intercooled four cylinder gasoline engine. The direct injected power plant produces 200 horsepower and develops 207 lbsft of torque while delivering a top highway fuel economy of 31 mpg highway. Exterior Clearly structured and horizontally contoured the freshened appearance of the new Volkswagen Eos available in new exterior color options follows the code of the Volkswagen design DNA. Extending now between the new headlights is a grille consisting of three shiny black louvers each trimmed with a narrow chrome strip With sporty handling and independent suspension from behind the Volkswagen Eos stands out through It is reworked two part LED rear lights with a fiber optic technology system and redesigned rear bumper with diffuser. Body Styles and Trim Levels The 2012 Volkswagen Eos is a five passenger convertible with a retractable hardtop roof that features an integrated sunroof. There are three trim levels Komfort Lux and Executive. The base Komfort comes standard with 17 inch alloy wheels fog lights heated mirrors and windshield washer nozzles a wind deflector keyless entry cruise control heated eight way power seats with four way adjustable lumbar support leatherette premium vinyl upholstery a leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter and Bluetooth. The standard eight speaker sound system features an auxiliary audio jack an iPod interface HD radio satellite radio a CD player and a touchscreen interface. The 2012 Volkswagen Eos Lux adds different 17 inch wheels parking sensors power folding mirrors keyless ignition or entry automatic wipers leather upholstery an auto dimming rearview mirror and a navigation system HD radio is deleted. The Executive adds a sport tuned suspension 18 inch wheels and a 10 speaker Dynaudio sound system that restores HD radio. The Tech package available on the Lux and Executive adds adaptive bi xenon headlights LED running lights headlight washers and a color trip computer display. 2012 Volkswagen Eos Rear Angle View Powertrains and Performance Every 2012 Volkswagen Eos is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder that sends 200 horsepower and 207 pound feet of torque to the front wheels through a six speed automated manual gearbox known as DSG. Volkswagen estimates that the Eos will go from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg city or 30 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined. Safety The 2012 Volkswagen Eos comes standard with antilock disc brakes traction and stability control pop up rollover bars and front side airbags that extend upward for head protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing the VW Eos earned the top rating of Good for both frontal offset and side impact tests. Interior Design and Special Features. The chief attraction of the 2012 Volkswagen Eos is it is five piece retractable hardtop which includes an integrated sunroof section that tilts and slides for times when you do not want full exposure. 2012 Volkswagen Eos is a pretty cool feature that is still surprisingly unique to the Eos, When you want the total sun and breeze experience the top drops in a respectable 25 seconds and requires 16 inches of rear clearance to operate properly Fortunately rear sensors sound if you do not have enough room. 2012 Volkswagen Eos Rear Angle View Interior materials are high quality and overall fit and finish is excellent, The stereo is now controlled by 2012 Volkswagen Eos is latest touch screen interface which deftly controls multiple navigation and stereo functions. The iPod interface is particularly well designed. Front passengers will find the 2012 Volkswagen Eos spacious enough but adults in the backseat wo not want to stay there long. There is not much storage space either The retractable top leaves a roadster like 5.4 cubic feet in the trunk when stowed With the top up cargo space increases to 9.3 cubes. Driving Impressions The 2012 Volkswagen Eos is for drivers who want a relaxed touring convertible On models without the sport suspension there is too much body roll and vague steering for serious twisting fun. But on the boulevard or a coastal highway the 2012 Volkswagen Eos is perfectly pleasant thanks to it is soft yet composed ride. The Eos is turbo four cylinder contends with more weight compared to VW is GTI for example but it is still torquey and capable, And when the weather prevents top down motoring the retractable hardtop provides coupelike isolation.