Volkswagen Eos
Volkswagen Eos

Usually, there is a flexible cover in the boot that acts as an interface between the luggage space and the roof sections. In the Eos, this is made of sterner stuff and moves in one section to enable access to the 205-litres of luggage space, when the roof is down and 380-litres when it's up.

In terms of size, the Eos sits between the latest Golf and the Passat in the Volkswagen range. It has the same wheelbase as the Golf but the front and rear track measurements are wider and nearer those of the Passat. The front end is very similar to that of the Passat as are the LED rear light clusters.

The Eos comes in two trim levels; standard and Sport. In typical VW style, you get what you need with stylish efficiency. Standard trim features include semi-automatic air conditioning, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, rake and reach adjustable steering column and driver's seat height adjustment as well as a lockable, cooled glovebox to go with the lockable load-through panel between the rear seats.

Going for the Sport option adds aluminium pedals and fascia inserts, low tyre pressure indicator, cherry red rear lights and 17-inch alloys as opposed to the standard's 16-inch alloy wheels. However, there are a number of factory- and dealer-fit options and packs available to add a touch of individuality and there's a discount for some combination multipacks.

The car tested was the Sport 2.0 FSI, which, in its normal state, bears a price tag of £21,735 but this one had a few extras thrown in. The Sport normally has its suspension lowered by 15mm compared to the standard car except when the optional, £395, 18-inch alloys are fitted. The upholstery was upgraded to deep red 'Nappa' leather with heated front seats (£1,845) and the multifunctional steering wheels added £200. On top of this was the Luxury Pack comprising such niceties as see-you-home lights, dusk sensor, automatic dimming rear-view and driver's mirrors, folding mirrors, rain sensor and headlight washers all for £265. The folding wind deflector adds a further £230 but isn't really necessary.

Apart from all these goodies, there's a choice of five engines. The petrol options are a 1.6 FSI (standard trim only), the 2.0 FSI 150PS (as tested), a 2.0 T-FSI (turbo-charged) and a 3.2 V6 unit. The only diesel option is the 2.0-litre TDI 140PS with Diesel Particulate Filter.

All of these power units are mated to an extremely nice 6-speed manual gearbox as standard and the clever DSG automatic transmission is standard with the 3.2 V6 and an option with the T-FSI and TDI power-houses.

The 2.0-litre FSI 150PS produces, as the nomenclature suggests, 150PS at 6,000rpm, which is about 148bhp in old money and the 200Nm of torque peaks at 3,500rpm. It takes 9.8 seconds to reach 62mph from standstill and the top speed is 130mph, where legal.

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