2011 Volkswagen
GTI 2.0T
vs. 2012 Volkswagen
Eos Executive

2012 Volkswagen Eos Executive

9.7

starting from

$41,175

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Eos Executive

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Paddle shifters
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Navigation system
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Leather
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Passenger power seats
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2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T

9.4

starting from

$25,565

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen GTI 2.0T

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CD player
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Average-sized back seats
43.2 ft3
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More airbags
6
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Average number of passenger seats
5
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2012 Volkswagen Eos Executive Winner: Eos Executive
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  • Leather comes standard on the Eos Executive; the GTI 2.0T only offers cloth seats
  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Eos Executive's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Eos Executive's power seats; not available on the GTI 2.0T
Safety Features 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T Winner: GTI 2.0T
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  • The GTI 2.0T has 2 more airbags (including Rear Side, Rear Curtain), 6 vs 4
Performance 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Volkswagen Eos Executive Winner: Eos Executive
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  • The Eos Executive comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the GTI 2.0T
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T Winner: GTI 2.0T
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  • The best price we've seen is $15,610 cheaper (around 40% less), $25,565 vs $41,175
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 24 mpg vs 22 mpg
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T Winner: GTI 2.0T
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  • Rock on in the GTI 2.0T; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Eos Executive
Practicality 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T Winner: GTI 2.0T
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  • The GTI 2.0T's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Eos Executive
  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
  • A single tank lasts 10% longer, 479 miles vs 435 miles
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.7 vs 9.4

Luxury Features

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Eos Executive
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Eos Executive's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Eos Executive's power seats; not available on the GTI 2.0T
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Eos Executive; the GTI 2.0T only offers cloth seats

Safety Features

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Eos Executive
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 6 The GTI 2.0T has a good number of airbags, but the Eos Executive does not (missing Rear Side, Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Horsepower 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM vs 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The Eos Executive comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the GTI 2.0T
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs Turbocharger Both have an air compressor, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.8 lb/hp vs 15.4 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.8 ft vs 35.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

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MSRP $41,175 vs $25,565 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 24 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Entertainment System

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Eos Executive
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Number of speakers 10 vs 8 The Eos Executive has more speakers and the GTI 2.0T is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Not Available vs Standard Rock on in the GTI 2.0T; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Eos Executive
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Eos Executive's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Practicality

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Eos Executive
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The GTI 2.0T has the usual number of seats, while the Eos Executive has very few
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Highway driving range 435 miles vs 479 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 10.5 ft3 vs 15.3 ft3 The GTI 2.0T has OK cargo room, while the Eos Executive has very little
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front seats 49.5 ft3 vs 51.3 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The GTI 2.0T's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Eos Executive
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Not Available You won't find this in the GTI 2.0T, but the Eos Executive's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Crash Test Ratings

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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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Eos Executive
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0-60 mph 7.9 seconds vs 7.2 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 133 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 16.2 s @ 91 mph vs 15.5 s @ 94 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.91 g
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Top speed 130 mph vs 125 mph The Eos Executive's top speed is average for this class of vehicle, but the GTI 2.0T is just OK

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