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2014 Volkswagen Eos

Volkswagen Eos – hardtop down

By Jim and Ted Biederman

Steel top convertibles may not the same panache as traditional top open-air machines. After all the rag tops have a century of on their side.

Cloth has the fabric of open-air automobiles the horseless carriage.

Nevertheless, the with its steel top stowed out of is becoming as common on a sunny day as a swim suit. Virtually manufacturer is taking advantage of new technology when it comes to re-engineer their convertibles.

The are many. The disadvantages are few. So we the folding steel top open-air will dominate the segment by the end of the

Mercedes was at the forefront of the new technology, the hardtop SLK in 1997 as a 1998 A couple of other high-dollar showed up next, the Lexus SC 430 was in 2001 and the Mercedes SL-Class a years later. Trickle turned into an open

Over the past year the models have grown the introduction of more affordable (we use the as a comparative) editions including the G6, the Volkswagen Eos and the Volvo C70. the small Mazda MX-5 gets a retractable hardtop for 2007. BMW 3-Series has a new convertible and the Chrysler Sebring convertible has a hardtop version available. hardtops are becoming ubiquitous.

The to this new technology are many, but are a couple of downsides as well.

The of these, it seems, is the loss of space when the top is retracted. It has to go Amazingly, Mazda has figured a way to the tiny MX-5 top without any of its already tiny trunk But in most renditions, the trunk is for storing only small such as a briefcase or a few sacks of with the top in the down position

disadvantage is that the graceful of softtop convertibles is lost in a bulky looking rear, a to accommodate the folded steel.

And then there’s the extra involved and the complexity of the system. Of the biggest advantage is having the of both worlds — the security and of a hardtop with the open-air fun of a

Volkswagen has gotten this new down to near perfection its 2007 Eos. We don’t see how it can get any than the Eos any time soon in the price range.

The Eos, for the Greek goddess of dawn, is not attractive, put then it’s not unattractive either. Volkswagen has function over form. we did start to rethink our ambivalence to the Eos after a couple of teenage stopped to swoon over our test car.


So we gave a demonstration of the beautiful dance the performs as it stacks and slides the trunk in about 25 seconds the push of a button. It returns to a position in the same amount of

Even with the top up, the Eos can let in the sun and wind via a glass sunroof built the retractable roof. It’s a contraption.

The Eos is fun to drive top up or down with either a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 3.2-liter We’ve driven both

Volkswagen’s turbocharged 4-cylinder, in various applications, is a superb generating 200 horsepower with turbo-lag. It’s a blast to mated to either a six-speed transmission or a six-speed automatic. The bit of extra boost from the V-6 is not needed according to the seat of our The 2.0-liter turbo is quick — with the manual has been at 6.6 seconds and just a tick or two 7 seconds with the automatic — and fuel efficient rated at 23 mpg and 32 highway with the manual and 23/31 with the automatic.

There’s more than a difference between the V-6 model and the 2.0T edition. And in our estimation not worth the money.

The 4-cylinder is quick, and the Eos is more about the experience than going fast. And although it’s not a sports car in back-road twists and — a little soft in the suspension, — it acquits itself quite

The interior is outfitted in quality and the dashboard layout is acceptable, at night when things are lit up in the Volkswagen blue. The seats are and we had no problem finding a good position. Note, however, back seat space is for adults. The Eos, like compact convertibles, is basically a machine.

For those stretching budget, the Eos base model for including destination comes equipped with manual 16-inch wheels, leatherette air conditioning, power windows and and an audio system with CD and MP3

Standard safety includes brakes, stability control and airbags.

2014 Volkswagen Eos

Move up to the 2.0T our test model and additional such as power driver’s front-seat heaters, automatic control and tire pressure comes for $30,620.

With the of an automatic transmission, we think is an ideal setup. While we the slick-shifting six-speed manual, we that most folks opt for the six-speed automatic at an additional of $1,075.

The V-6 edition, which loaded with standard starts at $36,850.

The most option will probably be the sport package, which a sports-tuned suspension setup, wheels, full-leather seats and aluminum trim, Tiptronic shift paddles, Sirius radio and rain-sensing windshield

Navigation is also available for

We applaud Volkswagen because, it offers some desirable it presents its intriguing convertible without the necessity of spending cash.

The Eos equals fun and if you can keep it to 30 grand, it’s a great Too many options push the too close to some heavyweight including the softtop Audi A4 and the Volvo retractable hardtop

Essentials .

Base price: as driven, $30,620

Engine: turbocharged 4-cylinder

Horsepower: 200 @ rpm

Torque: 207 foot-pounds @ 1,800 rpm

6-speed manual

2014 Volkswagen Eos
2014 Volkswagen Eos

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