The Volkswagen Eos achieved the best overall score in Consumer Reports’ tests of seven convertibles for the May issue, narrowly outpointing the BMW 328i. Both vehicles earned “very good” overall scores.

Two vehicles in the group, the Saab 9-3 and Volvo C70, earned somewhat lower overall road-test scores, but were still within the “very good” range.

The three remaining vehicles — the Pontiac G6, Mitsubishi Eclipse, and Chrysler Sebring — posted “good” scores.

Five of the seven cars tested have retracting hard tops, while two have traditional fabric tops. All the tops are power-operated.
The latest trend in convertibles — folding hard tops — improve visibility and security.

But they have some downsides, too — they take up considerable trunk space when open, and can’t be operated on the move.

“The Eos is a well-rounded car that works well in all seasons,” said David Champion, senior director of automotive testing for the publication.

“Volkswagen has engineered a glass sunroof into the Eos’s hard top so that you can enjoy just a little sun, or get the full wind-in-your-hair convertible experience.”

Details of the test are reported in the magazine’s May issue.

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