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2014 Volkswagen Eos Overview

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Down a third in year-over-year sales but in its eighth year of production, this quirky little drop-top is promising to sing a swan song very soon. Given a brand-new Cabriolet recently resurrected for Europe (complete with R and GTI editions), but just a few options brought into the Eos's standard list for 2014, you're probably quickly running out of time to see the sun goddess off to her western rest. As in, this version is very likely your last shot at a fresh Eos just the way you like it, and it's a good year to buy with a few more features in this year's standard offering despite losing a trim.

Now in a simple 3 trims ranging from the base Komfort to the sport-tuned Sport and lavishly sporting Executive, the deleted Lux upgrade to the likewise softly suspended Komfort leaves a $5,000 gap between the remaining pair of top tiers for their massive difference in feature content—but also leaves room for universal feature upgrades. Every Eos now gets a navigation system and V-dub's Car-Net (which is similar to Chevy's OnStar and other recent infotainment systems). The Sport gains keyless entry and a push-button starter over last year, and the Executive picks up where the Lux left off with all its features from 2013 plus a bigger touchscreen.

The only official word on its future include hints that the Eos isn't going to last much longer long and some executives favor a Stateside Cabriolet replacement. When, how and what are still completely up in the air, especially given Tennessee expansion delays, and Volkswagen isn't making even a single promise.

So as for now, this Eos is expected to be much the same as it entered 2013. That means nothing changes, from its 10-cubic-foot trunk capacity to its 7-second lunge to 60 mph and the 25 seconds it takes to drop the specialized top with an integrated sun/moonroof. Fuel economy stays pat at 22 mpg city/30 highway with the 6-speed automated manual running the 4-cylinder show, good for 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque out of its 2-liter turbo engine. Drivers report the Eos is quite enjoyable to drive with the top up for a serene cabin or down to let in a well-shaped breeze, but rear passengers will feel the compact-car pinch.

Highlights of standard features at its baseline include heated mirrors, heated windshield-washer nozzles, a wind deflector, keyless entry, heated 8-way powered seats with lumbar support, Bluetooth and an 8-speaker stereo with iPod, HD and satellite radio connectivity and a CD player all controlled with a touchscreen. The tech just keeps getting layered on as you move up the trims, with essentially carte blanche on whatever options you might want from any trim, but don't let that intimidate you—dealers should be very knowledgeable and equally happy to hold your hand through every step.

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