Every effort was made to stress that the Volkswagen Eos was far from a Golf Convertible and added an extra layer of exclusivity. The car was designed as a completely new model and although it does share some parts with the Golf, the design has an individuality of its own. It was more expensive than others in its class, but then its design, build and equipment levels do well to justify that. The roof is a particularly sophisticated 5 piece folding hardtop with an integrated sliding glass sunroof to give you an additional option. The VW Eos fills the gap between premium convertibles and those from the mass market.
The Volkswagen Eos 1.4 TSI comes as some surprise to drive as what sounds like an engine too small for this solid family sized convertible turns out to be really quite lively. The combination of turbo boost and low front end weight makes this perhaps the most entertaining to drive car in the Eos range. The only drawback is that there remains a lag at low revs so power is always instantly available.
The Volkswagen Eos 2.0 TSI is a very capable car and with power throughout the rev range has a more grown up feel compared to the 1.4. Ride quality is good even with the sports suspension package and it remains refined, comfortable and quiet to travel in. After the V6 was discontinued this was the only engine option offered to North American customers.
Diesel convertibles remain a bit of a compromise but the Volkswagen Eos 2.0 TDI is one of the best. While not quick it has ample performance is remains quiet and composed at low speeds as week as when cruising. It is a genuinely practical convertible and with the roof up could easily be mistaken for fixed head coupe both in looks and ride quality.
The Volkswagen Eos 3.6 litre V6 and DSG gearbox added a dose of excitement but was dropped in 2010. It is wonderfully smooth and refined but doesn’t feel as responsive as the cheaper 2 litre TFSI engine and certainly isn’t as frugal.