An all-new model for 2007, the Eos is Volkswagen’s first retractable hardtop coupe.
Based on the new Rabbit platform, the Eos uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG) automatic, which uses dual clutches for almost instantaneous gear shifts.
The roof is a five-piece affair that includes a panoramic glass sunroof that can be tilted or slid when the roof is up, and a heated rear glass window. Press a button, and in about 25 seconds, the panels separate in a fascinating dance and store themselves in the trunk to open the car completely. Cargo space is still fairly generous, even with the roof stowed.
The Eos comes in a single trim line, and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, power-folding heated mirrors with integrated turn signal and driver’s side auto-dimming, rollover protection system, intermittent wipers with heated washer nozzles, single-zone climate control, anti-theft alarm system, cruise control, keyless entry, CD/MP3 stereo, head and thorax side airbags, eight-way manually-adjusted heated seats, garage door opener, and “leatherette” upholstery.
The Eos is a relatively rarity among drop-tops: it looks good from any angle, with the top up or down. Like the Rabbit, it features sharp steering and a comfortable ride, with no turbo lag, and it’s stiff enough that there’s virtually no cowl shake. The roof is a marvel, offering a sliding sunroof, all-weather protection and top-down cruising; for all you get, this is a reasonable price. If your wallet allows, go for the superb DSG, with its almost imperceptible shifts and lighting-fast response.
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