Review: 2012 Volkswagen Eos

Posted on 09. Nov, 2011 by in Auto News

Thirteen years after the Mercedes-Benz SLK introduced the hardtop convertible back has begun to wear off the novelty back in the face of concerns about the cost, complexity and curb weight. Even high-end manufacturers like Audi, BMW and Jaguar have fit their latest convertibles with folding (when to store and multilayered those heat and keep noise). Not in other words, the retractable hardtop rendered ye olde ragtop obsolete. This is not to say that the retractable hardtop is pointless, at least not when executed innovative. The recently updated Volkswagen Eos remains the best. But you would be a?

The Eos exterior design remains consistent with the VW brand. Ie, it is much more clean and functional as drop-dead gorgeous. The revised, de-chromed nose more generic, but an improvement nonetheless. The top Roman configuration avoids the poorly located side rail seams that is the look of the otherwise more stylish Volvo C70 March the Interior also very VW Eos, with a dashboard similar to VW's other compact euro market. So clean and rugged, but nothing flashy or particularly luxurious.

As in a number of other VWs and Audis, the driver's seat is firm and supportive, but not especially comfortable despite the inclusion of a four-way adjustable lumbar support. Here you will find a much better seat in a Volvo. The view is pretty good in all directions. The rear seat is roomy enough for the average adult male to side behind another as male. If either person is six-plus-meter tall, but will be fit tightly.

The top is really the big story. If you are not interested, then you are not interested in the Eos. VW key innovation of separating the central panel of the side rails. This enables a number of unique advantages:

  1. A superior appearance when the top is up, as noted above. The separated side rails can store on each side of the rear seat, so that they could be more than one central panel piece.
  2. An extra-wide rail-to-rail fully functional glass sunroof in the retractable hardtop. So you can get some light in the car even with the roof closed. Or to get a little air in the car without fully opening the roof vent or open the sunroof.
  3. A compact retracted roof, in sharp contrast to the late unlamented the roof much easier, Pontiac G6 hardtop convertible. Even with the top down, there is plenty of room in the trunk for my usual weekly grocery run. With the top up, the trunk expands from 6.6 to 10.5 cubic meters. And there is a pass-through in the back seat for long objects in any configuration.

You simply can not buy another car with a roof that versatile. VW even. A standard wind deflector that covers the rear seat allow for convenient top-down driving on cooler days, and fits easily in the trunk when not in use

Of course, the roof has its drawbacks. The first: with so many motorized pieces, it is very complex. While my sons were entertained by the top of the "Transformer" effect when in transition, the question reliability survey manager has in me, how durable is this mechanism, and how much it would cost to fix, if it did break. Even with the nearly new cars tested above showed fussy. On cold mornings it shook visibly and audibly creaked when crossing patchy pavement. (So that the seals supple, regularly apply Krytox GPL lubricants which runs $ 50 for 2 oz.) Get the trunk trunk wall just a bit out of place, and the top will not go. Other times, the windows do not move up or down, in response to my first request. And when the windows started quickly up and down to do a fraction of an inch, because if a door is opened.

The second drawback: curb weight. Tip the scales north of £ 3,500, the EOS is more than 400 pounds heavier than a GTI. Sun ubiquitous VW 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine feels a bit soft off the line and more laggy at medium speeds. Unlike some of these days, you can tell, it's a turbo. Once boost is up, the Eos 2.0T moves forward more than good enough for the car crosses typical mission given. You do not have to rev the engine because of its plump midrange. If you want to do it anyway, the mandatory ultra-fast-shifting DSG dual-clutch automated manual gearbox is supporting you. Manual mode works on the lever, there are no paddle shifters.

The additional curb weight seems to cut two to three mpg on the Eos rated fuel economy, 22/30 vs. 24/33 are for the GTI. In S-drive, the onboard computer reported 23 to 26, depending on my driving style. Not bad numbers for a four-seat turbo convertible.

In casual driving the Eos feels taut, athletic, agile and almost more fun than a Chrysler 200 (the only other hard-top four-seater convertible with a price in the mid-thirties). The VW steering provides little feedback, but it is weighted fast and beautiful. Take the Eos as you maybe a GTI, however, and it falls into a clumsy plow its higher center of gravity (especially with the top up) and extra pounds to overwhelm the capabilities of the suspension and 235/45HR17 Goodyear Eagle LS tires. The tires have to contribute to a generally smooth, quiet ride.

The last disadvantage of the complex above: price. To $ 34,765 in its base trim with no options, the Eos lists for $ 6,950 more than a GTI with DSG and Sunroof and Convenience Package. Aside from the retractable hardtop, the feature level is very similar (to True Delta's Car Price Comparison Tool), so you approximately seven (configured in addition to the cost of a roof, which pays part of the GTI as) great for the upper . Not that you'll do better elsewhere. A Chrysler 200 Limited Hardtop Convertible costs about the same, while a Volvo C70 more lists for $ 6,000.

The Volkswagen Eos is not like a sports car, or even handle like a hot hatch. Its styling suggest otherwise. But some people are just a solid, sensible, livable car search with a versatile roof, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air to the maximum extent permitted by the weather, it can. For this mission, the Eos is best.

Volkswagen provided the vehicle, insurance and one tank of gas for this review.

Michael Karesh operates True Delta, an online source of automotive pricing and reliability data.