Who doesn't enjoy catching some sun – and the inquisitive eye of bystanders – cruising down the road? A jaunt in a power three-way folding hardtop with an integrated sunroof that opens or closes in 25 seconds is not just a whole lot of fun; indeed, it's a sight to behold for both the driver and the onlooker.
The 2012 Volkswagen Eos convertible is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled inline-4 cylinder engine. It makes 200 horsepower at 5100 rpm and 207 pounds-feet of torque at 1800 rpm.
The nimble car is mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed twin-clutch automated manual, which produces absolutely seamless shifts. It is suitably quick, sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and topping out at 180 mph. Fear not about body roll, which is controlled by an anti-roll bar.
EPA estimates the 3,569-pound car gets 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. We eked out nearly 23 mpg average, which can be partially credited to a direct-fuel injection system.
Exceptional materials are plentiful and impeccable attention to detail is evident in the sumptuous and comfortable interior. With the top down, trunk space is fairly generous at 10.5 cubic feet. Available in base Komfort, mid-level Lux and top-of-the-line Executive, the front-wheel-drive car starts its pricing at $32,940 and can peak at $39,220.
The Eos is not just a head-turner. It's also incredibly athletic with a peppy engine, which provides ample punch to maneuver through rush-hour traffic. Oh, and by the way, the Eos quite fittingly shares its namesake with the Greek goddess of sunrise.
Wheelbase: 101.5 inches
Length: 174.1 inches
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; four-link rear
Steering: electro-mechanical power
Fuel capacity: 14.5 gallons