Volkswagen Eos Road Test

Volkswagen Eos
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Volkswagen Eos Review

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Whether the roof is up or down the Volkswagen Eos can accommodate four adults in comfort. The seats are supportive and as an option 12-way electrically adjustable.

Comfort and Refinement

Whether the roof is up or down the Volkswagen Eos can accommodate four adults in comfort. The seats are supportive and as an option 12-way electrically adjustable. The two front seats are adjustable for height, reach and tilt, the steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach.

Climatic semi-automatic climate control is standard on all SE and Sport models. As a convertible the Eos requires specific software in the air-conditioning control unit. It changes the blower voltage, the measurement of sunlight intensity, the air distribution in heating mode, the compressor operation as well as the behaviour of the 2Zone system depending on whether the roof is open or closed.

The VW Eos SE 1.4 TSI is well equipped with the following standard equipment: Hill hold function, electric windows front and rear, multi function computer including visual gear change recommendation for optimum fuel consumption, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated indicators, CSC roof system, front fog lights, parking sensors front and rear, wave cloth upholstery, multi-function leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake grip, alloys wheels and lockable load-through provision.

Safety and Security

As mentioned earlier Volkswagen has engineered the Eos to have class-leading levels of torsional rigidity and the following safety and security equipment is standard on the Eos 1.4 litre TSI 160 PS model: ABS (anti-lock braking system), HBA (hydraulic brake assist), ESP (electronic stabilisation programme) including EDL (electronic differential lock) and ASR (traction control), active rollover protection system, curtain and side impact airbag system for front and rear passenger's, drivers and front passengers airbags with passenger’s deactivation switch, door side impact protection, driver and front passenger WOKS (whiplash-optimised head restrains), electronic engine immobiliser, remote central locking, alarm with interior protection and Isofix child seat preparation.

Infotainment

Our test car was fitted with the standard RCD 310 radio/MP3 compatible CD player with eight speakers and AUX-in socket for connection to an external multimedia source. Although perfectly listenable to the standard audio system was a bit bland.

Rivals
  • Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet
  • Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe
  • Peugeot 308 CC
  • Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet
What We Liked
  • The CSC electrically operated steel and glass roof
  • Exterior and interior styling
  • Ride and handling
  • VW build quality
  • Performance of the 1.4 TSI 160PS engine
What We Disliked
  • The basic Level of standard equipment
  • The standard audio system a bit weedy especially with the roof down
What We'd Like To See
  • A better sounding audio system as standard
Conclusion

We really enjoyed our time with the Volkswagen Eos, it is superb to drive and the CSC roof operation is sublime to watch. As you would expect of Volkswagen, build quality is excellent and although expensive with entry-level prices starting at £22,900 residual values will remain strong.

Although there are quite a few Coupe-Convertibles to choose from in our opinion the Volkswagen Eos is the class leader.

18 July 2011 Melanie Carter
Volkswagen Eos ReviewVolkswagen Eos Review | Ride and Handling | Part Two
Volkswagen Eos Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVolkswagen Eos SE
  
Body TypeCoupe-Cabriolet
ColourHorizon Blue Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.8 Seconds
Top Speed 135 mph
  
Transmission6 Speed manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban31.7 mpg
Extra Urban51.4 mpg
Combined41.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group24E
Euro NCAP Rating4 Star
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 18/07/11)£23,980

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