The new Volkswagen Eos is slightly longer and taller than the previous model, although the wheelbase remains the same. Also we must bear in mind that the Eos is not simply a VW Golf with the roof chopped off, it has been designed as a stand-alone model and this really shows in its driving credentials.
Ride and Handling
The new Volkswagen Eos is slightly longer and taller than the previous model, although the wheelbase remains the same. Also we must bear in mind that the Eos is not simply a VW Golf with the roof chopped off, it has been designed as a stand-alone model and this really shows in its driving credentials. It is great to drive with the roof up or down, when the roof is down you can feel a slight bit of scuttle shake, but it does have greater torsional rigidity than some convertibles.
The Eos's handling and road holding are superb - Volkswagen have achieved the ideal combination of sportiness and comfort. The Eos rides uneven road surfaces beautifully and the 'Sport' suspension setting is standard on Sport and Exclusive Eos models and sees the suspension lowered by around 15mm as well as firmer springs and damper settings.
The electro-mechanical power steering is crisp, well-balanced and precise. Unlike some EPS systems it is able to vary the feel of steering wheel to complement the speed and driving situation, firm and direct when driving hard and light and effortless when parking. Cleverly it can also compensate for different driving hazards such as steep road cambers and cross winds.
Ease of Use
Volkswagen has designed the Eos' roof so that the windscreen pillars do not slope as steeply as some Coupe-Convertibles. Although the sills are relatively high front and rear seat occupants will find it easy to get in and out of the Volkswagen Eos and of course this is even easier with the roof down.
The Eos has a unique electrically-operated five-piece steel and glass roof which also comprises a sunroof. It is called the CSC as it combines the elements of a hard-top coupe, sliding glass sunroof and fully convertible metal roof. We found that with the roof closed the glass top still let plenty of light into the cabin, it can be opened fully at the touch of a button which takes just 25 seconds or you can opt to open the sunroof section only. Our test car was equipped with the optional (£255) wind deflector which is a mesh covered frame that you can position over the rear seats to protect front seat passengers from wind buffeting into the front of the cabin but of course you can’t have any rear seat occupants on board. There is also a pop out wind deflector that is fitted across the top of the windscreen this also protects the top of your head from being buffeted by the wind.
Head and leg room is excellent in both the front and rear.
As you would expect of Volkswagen all the controls are ergonomically laid out and clear and simple to operate.
All round vision is good but of course even better with the roof down and front and rear parking sensors are standard on the SE model. We found that the side mirrors although attractive were rather small and hampered vision when joining a dual carriageway.
With the roof closed the Eos has a maximum boot space of 380 litres, with the roof down 205 litres is available. To give extra space a lockable hatch is integrated into the Eos's rear seats allowing you to transport skis or other long or bulky items.
Volkswagen Eos Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Volkswagen Eos SE|
|Colour||Horizon Blue Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||135 mph|
|Transmission||6 Speed manual|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||51.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4 Star|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 18/07/11)||£23,980|