A few months ago I got a new VW Eos. I might have purchased the last manual transmission EOS in the U.S. - certainly in the southeast. It’s a shame they discontinued that option in the 2012 U.S. market.
There isn't a whole lot of information out there about bike racks on the American EOS, so I thought I would share my experience and some pictures, for anyone else that's wondering about this.
I got a Draw-Tite Sportframe receiver - this is rated at 200lb tongue weight and 2000lb towing.
For the rack I chose a Swagman XTC-2.
Some things about the install:
I had to jack up the passenger side a bit to get the receiver in place.
On my car, the passenger side bolt spacing is apparently non-standard. I couldn't put the exhaust hanger bracket bolts back into place. I called eTrailer, and they called Draw-Tite, and the spacing on the receiver is correct, at exactly the specified 4 inches. I guess there's some variability between cars, as to the exact spacing of the exhaust brackets. I expanded the rear passenger side bolt hole by about 1/4 inch with a dremel and grinder bit, to make everything fit.
I suggest checking this spacing before fishing the bolts into their holes with the provided wire tool. It’s not real hard to get the bolts into place, but it’s a real pain getting them back out again.
The receiver pushes up the rear fairing by about 3/4 inch. It's not really noticeable, because it's under the car, and it might be by design to keep it from vibrating.
The main bar of the receiver touches my trunk floor - in fact it was "in the way" by about 1/8 or 1/4 inch. I couldn't push the bolt flanges flush against the frame, and had to just torque the bolts down. Again I'm chalking that up to some variability in the car.
Some of the exhaust heat shield does need to be trimmed back, as the installation instructions say. The aluminum can be cut with a sturdy utility knife.
With the middle bar of the rack folded down, there's plenty of room for the top to open.
The bike closest to the car doesn't have a lot of pedal clearance, but the rack is very sturdy and I don't think it will flex enough for the pedal to hit the trunk. I'm going to put an sock over that anyway; I could bang it when putting the bike on the rack.
All in all, I'm very happy with the bike setup. The rack is sturdy, and easier to deal with than the roof rack I had on my Jetta.