Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016
- Great fun to drive
- Comfortable seats
- A good choice of economical engines
- Some issues with the roof
- Bland interior design
The Eos CC is the Volkswagen's first attempt at conquering the increasingly crowded European coupe-cabrio market. Dominated by players like Renault Megane CC, Vauxhall Astra Twin Top, Ford Focus CC and Peugeot 307CC, the niche contains models that only slightly differ from each other. They all even look similar making it a nightmare for a customer to choose the right vehicle. The Volkswagen couldn't offer a design that would set it apart from the competitors, but what it did with the Eos was revolutionise the retractable roof. The roof is really sophisticated and made of 5 separate parts in metal and glass. It takes 25 seconds to completely remove the roof and transform the car into a cabrio or alternatively just a couple of seconds to open up a panoramic sunroof and continue as a coupe.
Exterior and Interior
It is built on the Golf MkV chassis and has the same wheelbase as the Golf, however, visually, it rather resembles a Passat. Its exterior design is not unique. In fact, being one of the latest coupe-cabriolets to be announced, everybody was expecting it to offer something that other European CCs don't have. It almost looks as a hybrid between a Volkswagen Passat and a Peugeot 307 CC.
Visually, the Eos is neither better nor worse than any other CC although compared to its competitors it might be executed with a bit more quality in mind. It's a fine-tuned and well-built car with very few nags and issues.The recent facelift that was applied in 2008 saw the car's front looking even more than the Passat. The door handle, however, still located very low and you have to reach down in order to reach it.
The interior design is rather bland. It is made of good quality materials, but the sporty image that should have been applied to the cabin hasn't unfortunately found its way in. The Eos looks like a normal family car and the element of fun is somehow missing. For a more extravagant interior, you might want to look at the more advanced trims that offer leather seats and enhanced interior elements.
It has to be said that the seats are very comfortable and their configuration is on par with the car's sporty image. They will hold the driver and passengers very well in those high-speed corners.
Performance and Economy
The Eos provides a platform for enthusiastic driving, even in the 1.4-litre version. The 120bhp won't be enough to realise the car's full potential, but it does offer good fuel economy of 43mpg (45mpg with the Bluemotion edition) and is the main reason why the basic engine remains in the line-up.
The version that makes the most sense is the 2.0-litre petrol Eos with the turbo compressor. It accelerates the car to 60mph in around 7 seconds. It's a very flexible and powerful engine and fuel economy is not bad either managing 36mpg.
There are also V6 engines available with the Eos, but in our opinion the 1 extra second you get in acceleration doesn't really justify the drop in fuel efficiency. You will manage 30mpg at best in a V6 Volkswagen Eos.
As any other current Volkswagen model, the Eos also comes with a diesel option. It truly is a frugal way to own a sporty cabriolet and achieve 51mpg in a car that can accelerate to 60mph in around 10 seconds. This provides you with a superb trade off and you cannot really ask for more.
Like to Drive
The Eos is a very confident car. Built on the excellent Golf MkV chassis, it offers everything that a sporty car needs, a flexible suspension set up and a responsive electric steering assistance. It was built for fun and it really delivers. It's a very smooth car with responsive steering and great handling characteristics. It offers a good quality ride masking the uneven surface of the road.
While cabriolets don't make a lot of sense in colder regions, the Eos is different. With the roof on it's as weather-tight as any other hardtop out there. If it gets cold inside, the advanced climate control system will take care of it. In the summer, however, it's great to turn the climate control off, get the roof down and enjoy the natural weather.
Faults and Repairs
As the Eos shares so many parts and systems with the Golf, it really promises a good reliability. Engines, manual gearboxes and suspensions are usually fault-free, although some issues concerning auto gearboxes have been reported. The most complicated system on the car is its retractable roof and although the mechanism is well-designed, it can develop leaks and squeaks. Repairing the roof is very difficult and will be expensive so make sure the previous owner has taken good care of their car.