Quick!  Name the least popular Volkswagen on the market!  Come on, you can do it….can’t you?

Okay, let’s try it a different way…name the VW models right now.  Well, there is the Beetle of course, and the Passat, and the Jetta and the Golf….what else????

How about the VW Eos?

Yes, the Eos, the least popular VW model and yet one that really deserves a great deal of respect, and serious buyers who are looking for a five-passenger convertible could do much, much worse than the Eos.

Competition comes from the Chrysler 200, the Ford Mustang, the Mini Cooper as well as the Audi A5 and the BMW 3 Series.  All have their advantages and all have their detractions.  All we are saying is you need to test drive the VW Eos before you make your decision because it really is a very good car.

The 2013 Eos is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that gives you 200 horsepower and some serious zip.  It is matched with a six-speed automated manual gearbox that sends power to the front wheels.  It can do the 0-60 sprint in 7.3 second and it is EPA rated at 22/30.

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated mirrors and windshield waster nozzles, keyless entry, cruise control and an eight-speaker stereo system to name just a few.  You can of course go up in options to include many features including automatic wipers, leather upholstery, and a touchscreen navigation system.

Safety features include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability controls, pop-up rollover bars and front side airbags, and it received the highest rating possible for frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

One of the coolest features on the Eos is its innovative retractable hardtop roof featuring an integrated sunroof that tilts and slides.  No way to explain it; you really need to see it.

Yes the Eos is a fairly new model and yes, replacement parts are going to be expensive if you buy them at an auto parts store or the dealership but no, that is not your only option.  You can also opt to do what thousands of smart shoppers are doing and go to your local salvage yard and buy premium used parts for much, much less.  Places like All Import Auto Parts offer great deals daily on quality recycled auto parts and they even come with a limited warranty.  With discounts up to 50% it really makes good sense to look for used VW parts at your neighborhood salvage yard.