I am a 16-year-old girl looking into buying the Volkswagen Eos. My only concern is with safety. Is the hardtop convertible with the top up as safe as a regular hardtop car?
You would think a hardtop convertible would provide more protection than a soft top, but according to a recent article on convertible testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “folding hardtops aren’t as rigid as fixed roofs so they wouldn’t be expected to make a convertible more crashworthy than if the top were soft. Foldtops are for comfort, not safety.”
IIHS recently tested the 2007 Eos hardtop convertible and gave it an overall rating of Good, which is the agency’s highest rating. The Eos was tested in front and side collisions with the top down and received similar, but not quite as good, ratings as the VW Rabbit, which the Eos shares parts with. The Eos is on par with other convertibles of its size.
For rollover protection, the Eos has pop-up roll bars that deploy in a rollover accident or a serious front- or side-impact. In the IIHS crash photos above, you can see the bars deployed after a side-impact collision.
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