The Volkswagen Eos is substantially updated for 2012, with minor styling changes, a simplified model line and more standard equipment. It remains a convertible for all seasons, and quite practical to boot. With its glass-and-metal folding hardtop closed, the Eos is as quiet and snug as a small coupe. When the weather warms, it's a four-seat convertible at the touch of a button. For the in-between, the forward portion of the roof slides rearward, like a big sunroof. The least expensive of three Eos trim levels comes very well equipped. All are economical to operate, comfortable (at least for front passengers), maneuverable and lively to drive.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent J.P. Vettraino reported from Detroit.