I am the last to say I like a Volkswagen car. I just think of them as feminine and boring, no offense to anyone who drives one or to VW. However, even though it is a VW and I would never buy it for that reason, the EOS is by far the best Hardtop Convertible on the market. Let’s find out why.
Interior: German automobiles are known for luxury, and for VW, they deliver pretty well. Of course, the interior isn’t as nice as a Mercedes-Benz, but for the price and brand, I wouldn’t overlook it. I found that the buttons were extremely easy to find and use, and very easy to muscle-memory reach and change.
The gauges are not the best however. I found them extremely hard to read except in later hours. The dials and numbers are poorly lit, along with them being too thin to display brightly. Also, the seats are a little bit uncomfortable, along with backseat access can get a little tricky for larger people.
Exterior: This car exterior is plain and simple. The car would rather perform its designed task of being an amazing convertible than just look like one. With that in mind, this car doesn’t bring awe to the crowd, but to the driver and passengers.
The EOS also features a hardtop convertible. The hinges and seams are rather large, and not very flush with the body. However, like I said, it performs, not glares with good looks. VW also gets some nice headlights, and the tailights’ tech comes from their subsidiary, Audi. Nothing really special with eye-candy.
Hardware: A/C and heat, no complaints. The radio is really clear. Of course, since this car takes from other companies like Audi, you have the horrible MMI interface. It is annoying and hard to get used to. I prefer not to deal with it.
The EOS’s hardtop convertible actually has one feature no other HC has, a full sunroof. You can open the sunroof fully without opening the top of the car, which is a really nice feature. The top takes about 20 seconds to deploy at a stop. The movement is fluid and very quiet.
You also get some added safety with the HC, like Volvo’s rollover technology. If the car were to flip, 2 steel beams would pneumatically activate behind the rear seats and act as a roll cage. Of course, if the top is up, the beams would break through the rear glass. However, with the extra weight, and low power, I doubt this car is rolling any time soon.
Powertrain: Power comes from a 2.0 Liter Turbocharged Inline 4, making 200 HP and 207 LB/Ft of torque. Audi performance? Absolutely NOT! Power is transferred via standard manual 6-speed or the optional Lux DSG 6-speed with TipTronic (also from Audi). VW says their car goes from 0-60 mph in a blazing-fast 7.4 seconds!
Fuel Economy is rated at 21/31 (Manual) City/Highway, and 22/29 (DSG) City/Highway. VW also claims that their car will get about a $1,260 price tag with fuel. I don’t know how they know that.
Overall: Giving this car a 1-10, it would get a 7.5. Why the 7.5? Well, the gauges are hard to read, the engine has no performance, the seams and hinges are ugly. However, this is all subjective. If it were to be based on functionality-only, this car would get a 9.5 out of 10. If VW fixed the visual problems, then this car would be a hit. Steal an engine from Audi already and give it some more power!
Thanks to: Volkswagen of Manhattan.