THE 2012 VOLKSWAGEN EOS LUX CONVERTIBLE REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: Sleek and Sensible
The 2012 Volkswagen Eos Lux convertible sees a few cosmetic changes for the new model year but continues to deliver dependable performance in a sleek, European-style convertible. Fuel economy for the Eos Lux is good for this automotive segment, and the Volkswagen Eos Lux offers a nice array of standard features for buyers to make this stylish convertible a solid investment in driving fun. Drivers will appreciate the retractable hardtop and the added protection it provides on the road and in the parking lot.
Under the hood
The 2012 Volkswagen Eos Lux convertible is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged DOHC inline four-cylinder engine that delivers a dependable 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, enough power to take the Lux from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 7.3 seconds. That power is transmitted to the front wheels via the six-speed automated manual transmission. Fuel economy is slightly above average at 22 miles to the gallon in the city and 30 in highway driving situations. (See annual fuel costs with the 2012 Eos Lux Convertible). Safety features include the ubiquitous antilock brakes and airbags as well as rollover bars and rear parking sensors.
Inside the cabin
The Lux lives up to its name with an extensive array of standard features including air conditioning, parking sensors, cruise control, power adjustable front seats, keyless startup and entry, fog lights, navigation system, and a deluxe CD stereo system with touchscreen and iPod, Bluetooth, and auxiliary interfaces. Options include an upgraded ten-speaker stereo system and LED running lights. The innovative retractable hardtop design is a standard feature on all the Eos convertibles and provides added versatility for drivers in a variety of weather conditions.
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On the road
The 2012 Volkswagen Eos Lux delivers what most drivers want in a convertible. It handles beautifully on the open road, lets the wind and sun in with the top down and keeps driver and passengers safe and dry with the top up. The turbocharged engine provides enough power and performance for most driving situations, making the Eos Lux a reasonable choice for buyers. But considering the price tag, there may be more stylish, worthwhile options on the market.
Buyers looking for a sleek and sensible convertible may want to consider the 2012 Volkswagen Eos Lux, which delivers solid performance and an extensive array of standard features. However, consumers willing to spend $37,585 on a hot car may want to upgrade to a more luxurious and powerful BMW 1 Series convertible, which is available for the same price.
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged DOHC inline four-cylinder
Horsepower & Torque: 200 hp/207 lb-ft
Transmission: FWD six-speed automated manual
Fuel Economy: 22/30
0 to 60: 7.3 seconds
Base MSRP: $37,585
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