Volkswagen Eos

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Volkswagen Eos

(March 2007)

we liked

Long-term potential

for price

Safety standards

Not so

Compromised access to cargo


Overall rating:

Engine/Drivetrain/Chassis: 4.0/5.0

Price, and Practicality: 4.5/5.0


Behind the wheel: 4.0/5.0


It’s fair to say knows a thing or two about Since chopping the top off its Beetle in and later Karmann Ghia and models — and not forgetting the New convertible — VW will built a million open-top by the time Eos goes into production this year.

some motorists question the of taking the roof off a perfectly car, VW can say the Eos is a perfectly good using a stand-alone platform specifically for a CC.

Two years since appearance in concept form at the motor show and longer since the last Golf VW says it waited until the (so-called for convertible, sliding and roof) mechanism, designed by company Webasto, was perfect it was put into production.

And good have come: this is the most innovative and tempting of all the coupe-convertibles on the market. An open-top all-season versatility, top safety and luxury fit and finish for around The golden miles can now start rather than later for ‘lifestyle car’ shoppers, and those A-to-B drivers to make a few compromises.


Eos starts at for the 2.0 TDI turbodiesel engine with a manual gearbox. The turbo offering, the 2.0 TFSI with the six-speed manual costs Both models can be ordered VW’s auto-mode sequential Shift Gearbox (DSG) for an $2300.

And though the pricing’s both cars come an impressive list of standards. include low tyre pressure climate control air-conditioning, control, ‘coming/leaving home’ function and fog lights, six-disc CD changer with eight multi-function leather-trim steering multi-function trip computer, windows and rain sensing wipers.

The Eos also comes with 17-inch alloy or it can be ordered with 18-inch and (lower) sport suspension. The is a space-saver type.

All models get front seats with adjustment in cloth trim. can choose between two leather adding around $3000 to the

Options include bi-xenon with cornering function, premium audio system and wood interior trim.

As noted above, two engine are offered locally: the turbodiesel 2.0 rated at 103kW/320Nm, and turbo 2.0 TFSI from the Golf GTI 147kW/280Nm. Check out our Golf here for more information on the

Official consumption figures for the diesel and petrol Eos are 6lt/100km and respectively. Equipped with the the diesel uses 6.9lt/100km; the engine wants 8.4lt/100km.

Eos Golf’s MacPherson front and Passat’s four-link system at the in an attempt to combine the small handling and agility, and the sedan’s comfort.

Eos’ CSC roof uses 470 parts and an electro-hydraulic with eight cylinders to the five sections in two-part

Sounds troublesome? VW says almost 10,000 open-close were performed in testing and us that in the event of a rear panel beaters will be to resurrect the roof without The Eos open-top’s innovative sliding sunroof is separately powered by an motor.


VW justifiably the entire market age group Eos, considering well-heeled drivers right up to retired, ‘lifestyle’ purchasers exempt transport duties. To appease a of buyers, Eos comes with a generous standard-fit list and durable materials to create an of quality and longevity. Compared to the and Beetle Cabriolet models, are less likely to grow out of

Eos looks conservative and much all other VW models; more the Jetta and Passat than a and is similarly sized: 1790mm 4410mm long and 1440mm with a 2580mm wheelbase. Eos wears Passat’s chrome

Webasto’s intricate five-piece takes 25sec to open and a large, tilt-and-slide sunroof by a switch located in the centre The vehicle must be stationary and space behind it before the can be opened or closed. Rear will sound an alarm and the roof from opening if an is detected.

The consideration for extra room during the roof’s is due to the large bootlid moving and outwards in part of its open-close

Eos offers good boot for a CC (308 litres); reduced to 205 with the roof down. to luggage while the roof is is restricted, however, by the roof flat and low over objects in the

Eos includes a lockable storage allowing for bulky items too for the boot to be stowed through to the


VW says Eos has high stiffness due to the specific use of high-strength metal, mould hardened in the vehicle floor and a special pipe inside the doors.

Eos has good lateral strength, across the windscreen which was as vertically as possible to reduce to the cabin and offer better protection.

The Eos is equipped with a rear-mounted bar system, which VW says activate after 0.25sec if the acceleration or the vehicle’s inclination a fixed mark.

Eos comes front airbags and clever side airbags that deploy vertically and horizontally to act as through to the rear. VW’s of head protection for convertible is commendable and a segment first on from Volvo’s use in the larger more expensive) C70 variants.

ABS brake assist and EBD, and ESP are


Primary, price-bracket include Peugeot 307CC, Megane CC, the new Holden Astra and upcoming Ford Focus CC. The offerings don’t include a model, as yet neither does and we’ll have to wait of word on Focus CC.

VW also Eos to attract customers otherwise Saab 9-3, Volvo Mazda MX-5 Roadster, TT, Mercedes-Benz CLK, Audi A4 BMW 3 Series Convertible.

In other the net is being cast wide.

We for the likes of Saab — it that long ago that the marque had this four-place near-premium cabrio market all to Nowadays everyone’s getting in on the


You’d think during our worst drought in VW would luck a dry day for the launch of its convertible. Instead, Victoria’s coast received some rain and the launch fleet in coupe form most of the which gave us ample to assess how competent the Eos is in its more-usual and make use of the unique sunroof

No news to most that VW quality cabins using materials and good ergonomic Eos is thus immediately comfortable and despite its compact dimensions.

The includes a mesh sunblind and the roof mechanism is hidden occupants’ view, and didn’t — even over road surfaces. Wind was minimal, and only produced by the mirrors — not any gaps in the hard top.

The front are supportive and were comfortable the relatively long stints, but many ‘four-seater’ convertibles the is compromised by an upright back cushion to accommodate the roof-swallowing

Obtusely, the expensive optional (around $700), reduces Eos to a anyway, and with a tallish at the helm, will rub against the headrest creating squeaking A slimline wind deflector is built into the windscreen

We drove the 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TDI — with VW’s brilliant Obviously the TFSI offers a drive and was indeed responsive and great, and even with the it will manage 0-100km/h in than 8sec.

The Golf GTI the turbo powerplant and front but the Eos is more Passat-plush in terms of and handling and is best described as and fun; in keeping with the lifestyle a convertible implies.

The 2.0 TFSI’s 280Nm of torque is throughout its real world spread, effacing any turbo and making it seem you’re a larger capacity normally-aspirated

While a diesel convertible strike some as odd it’s an apt fit, especially when the is as quiet and refined as the 2.0 TDI.

in manual form at least, the TDI Eos is off the mark and a smooth cruiser, but power at top-end requiring a or two for overtaking.

Still, up to us (and 36 per of VW Australia’s early orders for we’d choose the oiler… are for long, romantic drives the sunset and the cheaper the date, the

Short-list Eos as a long-term option. It solid and classy, and will most transport requirements, hauling around a large

The CC craze is now yielding some examples that offer that’s more than a car, more than a convertible and Eos is definitely one of them.

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Published. Tuesday, 13 March

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