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2014 Volkswagen Eos

A retractable hardtop you can live

The Eos is Volkswagen’s new-for-2007 retractable-hardtop a car that combines open-top with the weather protection of a coupe. The 2007 Volkswagen Eos is an package, but it’s also an one. How does it compare to the Read on. $28,620 base, as tested, EPA mileage estimates automatic) 23 MPG city, 31 MPG highway.

Glance: A retractable hardtop a unique twist

I’m not a big fan of convertibles. I think the convenience of a roof far outweighs the inconveniences: mechanism and lack of trunk with the top down. But thanks to innovative technology and well-thought-out the Eos is starting to win me over.

Based on the platform as the Rabbit. GTI. and Audi A3. the Eos is the successor to the Cabrio, left the VW lineup after Unlike the Cabrio, which like a convertible Golf, the Eos has its own with a Jetta-like grille and Passat-ish taillights. I think the styling is a bit too conservative, but friends and found it very attractive.

Unlike most retractable the Eos’ roof isn’t made of steel. The forward is actually a large glass (link goes to photo) lifts and slides backwards a sunroof. A rigid blind forward to block out light Sunroof and top are electrically operated: the big U-shaped switch on the console and the lower, the glass roof slides backwards, and the rear lifts up and stacks itself on top of the Then the trunk lid hinges and the whole top lifts up and descends the trunk. The operation takes 25 seconds and requires about a of space behind the car (for too lazy to check, an optional sensor warns you if something’s in the

Photos of the Eos’ retractable in action:

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In the Driver’s Seat: Comfortable and a trunk you can use

VW Eos is typical VW fare, and a good thing

Photo © Gold

As with most Vee the Eos treats front passengers The Eos is available in Base, 2.0T and models; all get a height-adjustable driver (power-adjustable in the 2.0T and 3.2L) and a steering column, so customizing the position to your liking is My Eos had an optional stereo with navigation system ($1800). The was great, but the system pops up a nag and requires you to push the accept every time you turn on the — a major annoyance. The nav lacks a touch screen, shows major street and is slow to program. Skip it and buy an system instead.

The Eos’ seat would be generous it not so narrow. The sides of the car pressed into my shoulder and upper Unless you regularly hang Nicole Richie and Ellen chances are your adult won’t like the back much. My two kids, ages 7 and 10, it was fine.

One reason I don’t like convertibles is that the roof up most of the trunk space. The Eos this arrangement less than most. A solid which moves out of the way for easier makes it plainly obvious how real estate belongs to and how much belongs to the roof. If you too much the divider won’t into place and the roof lower. Nice and simple. The area — 6.6 cubic in volume, more than a — is just tall for grocery bags. It’s at the rear, making it possible to and unpack with the roof

On the Road: Best four-cylinder on the market

2014 Volkswagen Eos

Eos Base and 2.0T have what I think is the four-cylinder engine made. the same two-liter turbocharged with FSI direct fuel used in the Audi A3 and A4 and several VW cars. With 200 horsepower and 207 of torque, this engine the work of a V6 and is remarkably quiet to Fuel economy is reasonable (I 21.5 MPG, mostly in with the roof down, factors which put a dent in economy) but the engine requires fuel. The Eos 3.2L has a 250 horsepower V6; in my though, the 2.0T is the engine to The Eos’ handling lives up to the that typically surrounds cars. All in all, it’s a to drive.

With the top down, it’s to hold a conversation — in a slightly raised voice at 75 MPH. 2.0T and 3.2L come with a removable wind blocker that the rear seat. With the up it does a good job of keeping the air around front seat

Top up, the Eos is as tight and quiet as a steel-roof car all the more amazing because the section of the roof isn’t it’s glass. When too cold to put the top down — and for me, the is about 30 degrees Fahrenheit; that why convertibles have — the glass roof. reaches all the way to the windshield header and nearly the full width of the gives you just a smidge of the experience, even with the up. It’s one of the many things I like about the Eos.

Journey’s End: It’s all except for the price

2007 Eos top operation

Photo © Aaron

To be fair, the Eos doesn’t really any direct competitors. Mazda the MX-5 with a retractable in the mid-to-high 20s, but it’s a VW’s New Beetle Convertible goes to review) is in the same Ford Mustang and Toyota convertibles run mid-20s to low-30s, premium convertibles like the A4 and BMW 3-series (the latter retractable hard-top) start at the end of the Eos’ price range. The G6 with retractable hardtop around $30k, but it’s not the car the Eos is.

Considering the competition, the Eos’ make sense, but it’s a lot of money considering how much you I’d like my test car a lot if it were priced $5,000 — and who knows, I might be totally won over to this retractable hard-top thing. Aaron Gold

2014 Volkswagen Eos
2014 Volkswagen Eos
2014 Volkswagen Eos
2014 Volkswagen Eos


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