The EOS was introduced in 2006 and this new car comes in a 2 door coupe or in a four door. All models are convertibles and offer a new version of the old Cabriolet from VW. The EOS is a midsized sedan that is about the same size as the late model Passat. This model only offers the Inline 5 cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, in the past there was an optional 6 cylinder motor, but this is no longer being offered. The convertible top will automatically retract in about 30 seconds and offers a sunroof when it is in the closed position.
Starting just over $30,000 this model offers a very cool convertible for a fairly low price. The EOS offers four seats, but much like many other compact convertibles it does not offer much usable space in the back seats. The interior of the EOS is covered in leather, everything from the seats to the parking brake handle. The higher trim level brings some cool accommodations like dual climate zones, heated seats and of course some navigation options to this sweet convertible from VW.
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed auto-clutch manual (DSG)
Engines: 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4
Models: Komfort, Lux
Volkswagen's new touchscreen audio and Bluetooth control system finds its way into the Eos for 2010 along with a new instrument cluster and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The upmarket Lux package gets a chrome front grille and optional 18-inch alloy wheels with sport suspension.
Like many convertibles, the Eos looks better top down than top up, though its upscale appearance belies its affordable entry price. A large selection of wheels is available up to 18-inches in diameter.
Metallic-look surfaces and high quality plastics give the Eos' cabin a premium feel, and the layout of its controls is clean and reasonably simple. Opt for the Lux trim level and Burlwood accents abound.
Performance & Handling
With a claimed 7.4-second 0-60 time, the Eos is a decent performer, and VW's 2.0-liter turbo and DSG transmission combination is one of the best powertrains in the business. While more of a boulevard cruiser than canyon carver, you can still have some fun in the Eos, and it exhibits an acceptable amount of chassis flex for a convertible in its class.
Standard driver and front passenger front, combined side-curtain and side-thorax airbags, rollover protection system, front seatbelt pretensioners, traction control, electronic stability control.
EPA Fuel Economy
21 mpg city/31 mpg highway (manual); 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway (automatic)
- Peppy, willing 2.0-liter engine
- Little cowl shake
- Looks good, top up or down
You Won't Like
- Effeminate to the max
- Ride too harsh with sport suspension
- Complicated, noisy folding hardtop
Your daughter will love it
If You Like This Vehicle
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- BMW 128i Convertible
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