If you’re in the market for a quality German engineered convertible but without the exorbitant pricetags normally associated with such cars, then the 2011 Volkswagen Eos may be for you. It features niceties found in much more expensive cars like an all-season automated folding hard-top, leather trim, a sporty turbocharged engine and a trick dual clutch transmission, but lists from a reasonable $32,940.
That may seem like a lot for a compact Volkswagen, but for the asking price you do get a lot of features and technology.
Starting with the powertrain, the Eos’ turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is the same unit found in the high-performance GTI
and delivers a peak output of 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be matched to either a conventional six-speed manual transmission or an advanced six-speed dual clutch DSG.
This latter unit is an automated manual transmission that can have its gears shifted via a tiptronic style shifter. Not...