• May 21, 2006


On Friday Volkswagen announced that the Eos, its showroom bound hardtop convertible, will be offered at a starting price of $27,990. For that price you'll get the four-seat convertible with its three-piece folding hardtop and integrated sunroof paired with the company's turbo 2.0L four-cylinder generating 200 horsepower. A more powerful version with a 250-hp 3.2L V6 will start much higher at $36,850.

If one feels the 2.0T offers enough grunt, a mid-model can be had for $31,065 that includes a 6-speed DSG transmission, leather appointments, automatic headlights, dual-zone "Climatronic" climate control, 12-way power driver's seat, heated front seats and washer nozzles, a windblocker, center armrest and trip computer.

The 3.2L V6 model comes with wood trim, all-season tires, a multi-function steering wheel, rainsensing wipers and satellite radio. Additional options include a 600-watt Dynaudio premium sound system with ten speakers and an amp, bi-Xenon headlights, a DVD nav system, park distance control system and 18-inch alloy wheels. Considering VW's announcement, a $40K+ Eos doesn't seem outside the realm of possibility.

[Source: Volkswagen]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      There can't be enough sub-$30,000 convertibles on the market for me. I like it a lot, and think Mark's comments are right on. Remember when a 175hp turbo 2.2 cylinder was considered a powerful engine in a line of Shelby modified cars in 1988-1989? Granted the VW doesn't have titanium liquid liquid filled valves, but 200 h.p. is sweet! I'm sure the interior will be gorgeous like all new VW/Audis.
      I don't mind the rebadging of a Passat into a convertible and love the big back look of this, the Audi, Volvo and G6 drop tops. You have to put the hardtop away into something, and nothing has a bigger bustle than the PT/Cruiser convertible.
      Hope the build quality is as good as the PT/Cruiser with it's surprising Mexican made 5 star reliability.
      I do have trouble with the front end treatment, not distinctive enough for a "signature" convertible. The Audi/VW noses have been very snout ugly, plasticky, or not corporate identifiable, lately in the U.S. offerings. I see too much of the 2003 Toyota Corolla in this nose:
      http://www.edmunds.com/media/2002/naias/03.toyota.corolla.f34.500.jpg
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ben,

      Edmunds? You are joking right? Are you a VW corporate troll? How many cars have you bought in your life? I haven't paid more than 70% of KBB in years. Don't know anybody with their head out of the glovebox who has either. "Book" is a plaything used by dealers for the unknowing, and the insurance industry to fix loss ratios and simplicate.

      Try this. Buy a new car. Drive it off the lot. Pull back in, see what they'll give you for it. You lose 20% on almost anything when you sign the paperwork. Let alone drive it a year or more. Benzes depreciate too. I've owned a few, thanks. They historically a higher bottom, but the initial hit, especially at a year or two, can be pretty severe.

      My point is still this - harsh reality is there will be maybe 1 "under 28K" car on that lot. If you have EVER shopped for a new car, you know getting a base model from any manufacturer is almost impossible. The manufacturer does not budget for, or build many. It is not good for their short-term margins.

      You'll be hard pressed to find one of the 31K models. The dealer *will* have 10 of the 35-40K models. That 35-40K VW now competes with Audi, and every other sub-50K convert.

      Hard or soft, a droptop is a droptop. Conventional car buyers do not consider a convertible in the shopping equation. Even when priced nearly the same as the standard hardtop, it just doesn't happen. This is a risky play for VW, beyond the standard one-year 'gotta have it' syndrome.

      • 8 Years Ago
      What I can't get about the price is that we're expected to pay $9,000 for a V6. A V6. Yeah there are other minor options that come with it, but $9,000? For a 50HP boost? No. Way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Forget Nicely optioned or top of the line. When I first heard about the Eos i thought that it was supposed to be small and affordable. With a base price of 28 g's this car is out of the range of most of the girls it is targeted at. Not to mention, when was the last time that you saw a base model on a car lot?? This car is going to join the Phaeton in the car lot in the sky at a young age. A shame really. It does have some neat features. But for that price I the wife a used SLK...
      Dave
      • 8 Years Ago
      As far as I'm concerned I haven't seen a VW yet that wasn't overpriced.None of them are worth the price they're asking.Just my opinion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Since your secretary still owes too much on her Beetle convertible, the only buyers left for this car are gay men.

      Not that there's anything wrong with that......

      IMO the only good looking hard top convertible is the SLK. The rest all look like they have big asses.
      • 8 Years Ago
      One would have thought that after the Phaeton debacle, and the Touraeg's relatively slow sales, VW would be very cautious about offering high-priced vehicles in America.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What are you people talking about. This is a great price. On the lower end, it is cheaper than the pontiac G6.
      http://www.pontiac.com/g6convertible/index.jsp
      On the top end, it is a better deal than the Volvo C70, the Eos comes with a 3.2 liter V6 with 250 hp versus the Volvo with a 218 hp engine for 38,710. It looks to me that the Eos will compete very well against its competition. The pricing is also right where it needs to be.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A swing and a miss.

      A cabrio Golf, you bet; but like a lot of others have said -- $40+ for a Bimmer or Volvo, fine; but not for a VW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok. It is priced high. Of course, I was surprised to see the G6 at just under 30K as well. For the nay sayers, nicely equipped at 32K means dual climate control, leather, A/C, one power seat (no memory), cruise, heated seats. This is nicely equipped. The price sky rockets once you add the biggies; v6, navi, .... there are not too many more options except bigger tires.

      There is one thing it has that no other car mentioned, or not mentioned, in this blog can touch! I'm 6'4" tall and I can actually fit in and comfortably drive this car. NO other covertible, at least the ones that I can afford under 50K (and I believe under 80k), can state that. I know because I've sat in every one; including SLK, Volvo, BMW, Ford, Saturn, Chrysler (the sebring really disappointed me since I fit pretty well in the hard top), Chevy, Toyota (Solara/Camry same problem as Sebring :( ), ...; I I would love to say Audio but I can't remember and they really are VW kinda sorta. I have a very difficult time finding cars; convertibles in particular, but in general most cars. It's either the roof and my head or my knee into the steering wheel when I attempt to use the brake. VW builds their cars for a wider range of people sizes. No one else really has caught on to this. That's why they've been shipping standard seat height adjusments, for power AND manual seats, as well as telescoping steering columns since somewhere in the late 90's. They are now standard on all models including the EOS, and this I appreciate the most. If you think they only make it for big people, my wife is 5'3", and she was the first to be sold on VW, since they gave her the best view of the road (seat height adjustment!).

      I would consider the G6, if it fit :) but my money is on not.

      Enjoy whatever you drive!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saying that VW's quality is as good as BMW and Mercedes is not saying a lot, unfortunately, the European automakers are the "old" Koreans, a distant third in quality/reliability for 2004/5. Except the Audi A4 which is the only car superior to the U.S. autos, right at the Japanese quality level.
      • 8 Years Ago
      When the average price for a new car is around $28k, why is $31-$40k for a hard-top convertible causing such an outrage? Even for a "lowly" VW (with heated seats and automatic climate control)? VWs have always been more expensive and provided more content than their counterparts.
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