The Eos is quite possibly Volkswagens most attractive car to date. When it hit the market in early 2007, it heralded a world first by offering both a soft top and a sunroof, ensuring that whatever the weather, it was guaranteed to please. Its styling is superb a cute and curvy coupe with the roof up, it transforms into a sleek convertible the moment the top is down.
After years of car designers experimenting with styles that combined the safety of a hard top with the benefits of being able to flick back the lid to invisibility and feel the wind in your hair, the Eos does this with aplomb. VWs Golf and Beetle had already been amongst the most successful convertibles of their time, but the introduction of the metal folding roof was what took the Eos to the next level.
The roof folds back in the blink of an eye 25 seconds to be exact making this car beautifully adaptive to the environment and weather conditions. There is plenty room enough for four passengers, though those in search of a family car with space should probably look elsewhere. An important fact to bear in mind is that the boot space is limited, especially with the roof down, reducing from 380L to a mere 205 at the flick of a switch. But lets be honest if youre in the market for a good-looking convertible then boot space may not be at the top of your tick list, and such limitations are largely offset by the good looks and charm of this little gem from the VW stable.
The first-generation Eos dates back to early 2007 and comes with a choice of two engines a 2.0L FSi turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine giving an impressive 147kW of power and 280Nm of torque, or a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel with 103kW and 320Nm. Both are found with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed DSG automatic.
The Eos is well balanced and responsive on the road, giving a feeling of surety that it will go where you want it to, when you want it to, and how you want it to. Fuel economy is not bad for a car with such a sporty feel, with the manual diesel giving a combined fuel economy of around 6.0L/100 km and the DSG version delivering 6.9L/100 km, with the petrol at between 8.2 and 8.4L/100 km.
Petrol models from 2011 are available with an updated 2.0L 155kW, 280Nm engine, shared with the VW Golf GTi, with a reduced fuel consumption of 7.7L/100 km, while the diesel model sees fuel consumption reduced down to 5.9L/100 km. Both petrol and diesel models come only with the DSG auto gearbox.
The Eos was a premium-level car with the standard equipment to match. Early models came packed with automatic climate control, cruise control, fog lamps, parking assist, central locking, power windows and mirrors, high-quality sound system with 6-CD player, and leather steering wheel.
Models from 2010 include leather upholstery, smart alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, and a RCD510 audio system, while in 2011 models you can expect to find Bluetooth connectivity, alarm system, VW Media Device Interface, and rear parking sensors. A second-generation parking assist system is fitted to some models as an optional extra.
Other options on the later model include RNS510 satnav system, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED driving lights, metallic or pearl effect paint, Dynaudio 600W premium audio system, electrically adjustable front seats, and a sports package, which includes upgraded 18-inch alloys, tinted LED tail lights and Adaptive Chassis Control, an innovative system that allows you to choose the style of drive you want at any time normal, sport, or comfort.
Volkswagen devotees in search of a good-looking convertible are spoilt for choice with the Beetle, the Golf, and the Eos. Each offers something very different, however, and the Eos is certainly the pick of the bunch if you are looking for sporty styling to match the soft-top appeal.
If you are not stuck to a particular manufacturer, consider the Peugeot 307CC which offers the same coupe/convertible format and a good, fun drive although with no diesel option you can expect to spend considerably more in fuel. Other competition comes in the form of the Holden Astra twin top and the Mini Cooper S Cabriolet, which although a rag-rop rather than benefitting from the metal folding roof is pretty as a picture to look at and likely to hold its value well on the forecourt.