The Volkswagen Eos just might make many other car makers stand up and take notice as Volkswagen has taken a compact car and turned it into a very cool coupe/convertible combination that allows any owner to have both in one great package. With an auto-retracting hard top that can be retracted with the push of a button the Eos shows a serious flair for the dramatic in a car that makes a great choice for someone who is looking for this feature in their car. Not only does the Eos offer this feature, but it does so at a price that is thousands less than other models that offer the same feature which include the Lexus IS C and Infiniti Q60 Convertible both of which are marketed as convertibles and not a combination of the two.
Showing up in its final year the Eos is a car that serious shoppers need to snatch up soon to enjoy the zip of the four-cylinder Volkswagen engine in a coupe/convertible combination car. The Eos does offer a great deal of storage to take advantage of, even with the top down, and allows owners to experience plenty of fun on the road with power and precision while driving. To celebrate the final year of existence for this car Volkswagen offers the Eos in a Final Edition model which replaces the Sport model. This Final Edition offers 18-inch wheels and a two-tone leather interior to make this model a very enjoyable choice.
Many times when a manufacturer offers a vehicle that is a two in one the ride quality suffers as they spend so much time perfecting the duality of the vehicle. That is not the case of the Volkswagen Eos at all. This car offers a handling and control that would be fully expected by Volkswagen along with a well-weighted ride that makes for a smooth and comfortable ride in a car that offers the ability to navigate any road with ease and expertise. This high level of control is the result of suspension, steering and braking systems that all work in perfect harmony with each and give any owner or passenger a ride that can be as exhilarating as they want them to be in either form, coupe or convertible.
As its last year in existence, this car does not need a long menu of engines to choose from, besides those who are buying this car start by showing desire for the duality of the vehicle and have the pleasure of enjoying a great powertrain. The single engine offered for the Eos is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that offers up 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. Keeping in mind this is a compact car these power numbers are massive and will keep the excitement going from start to finish. This engine is attached to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission with a Sport mode giving the fuel efficiency a number to be proud of at 22 city/30 hwy mpg.
The inside of the Eos shows up with soft and enjoyable materials adorning every surface of the car. As a car that strives to offer an alternative to the luxury models this car does a great job by having either imitation or real leather upholstery for owners to enjoy. Every control feature is present and within easy reach making this car one that is simple to drive and fun on the road. The rear seats are adequate on space for adults and offer a storage compartment between them. Cargo space is decent in the 10.5 cubic foot trunk that is reduced to a still reasonable 6.6 cubic feet with the top down.
From the outside friends and neighbors might think you have two different cars that don’t ever seem to be in the driveway at the same time. With the top up the Eos means business and shows its serious side. That serious side is attractive and full of sport in the coupe model which makes a play with power and precision along any road. However when the top is down this car transforms into a fun and funky convertible that is ready to play.
The standard features included on the base model of the Eos includes dual-zone climate controls, a 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, V-Tex imitation leather upholstery, a navigation system with a five-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system with an auxiliary port, Bluetooth streaming and an iPod cable. The Eos also offers one year/10,000 miles of complimentary maintenance and three years/36,000 miles of roadside assistance to help ensure the car is well-maintained and never gets stranded on the road. With these standard features it almost seems as if the Eos should only have one model, but the optional features and higher trim levels add some very nice additions to the car.
The optional features for the Eos are found by climbing trim levels and adding packages. The mid-level Final Edition adds leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, a sport suspension, bright bi-xenon headlights, a rearview camera, push button starting, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a power adjustable front passenger seat to the base model. The Executive model shows up adding a 6.5-inch infotainment display, the Dynaudio 10-speaker/600-watt sound system with HD and satellite radio along with a 30 GB hard drive to the car. The Executive also adds power folding side mirrors and wood interior trim to the mix to give an even higher level of luxury feeling to the car.
The Eos is not a cheap car, it’s a well-built compact car and starts out with a price of $36,660 for the base Komfort model. The Final Edition shows up with an opening price point just over $40,000 and the Executive model asks for $43,000 as an opening price. These prices might seem steep, but for a car that has the amount of luxury and the benefit of a coupe/convertible transformation the Eos is a much more affordable option than the luxury models mentioned.