2009 Volkswagen Eos | new car review

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 by


Touted by VW as ‘a for everyone’, the Eos offers the practicality of a hard-top and the wind in your hair fun of a .

Of course, in the UAE, we are blessed with a warm and sunny climate, and you can definitely see the bonuses of drop-top motoring, here in the desert -and if you fancy it, the Eos will stow its five-piece hardtop in around 25 seconds, and look pretty cool doing it.

But the sun can also get a little too much, and so thankfully with that hardtop back in place you’ll keep all that nice and chilly air-conditioned air fully sealed into the car. The metal and glass roof won’t absorb the summer sunny heat like a black fabric soft-top will, either. The perfect combination it would appear.

But with either the roof up or the roof down, this mid-sizer could be accused of looking a little bland. VW would say that it simply looks uncluttered and classy with its Golf front and Passat rear, but in between those two recognizable ends there really isn’t that much going on.

2009 Volkswagen EosSaying that, it’s probably a fairly good bet that keep the design of the Eos quite ‘understated’ to attract the kind of buyer that profile-matched the Eos design brief – namely customers that want the best of both worlds when it comes to their roof and are happy to admit that they are not committed enough for a fully soft-top sports car. For them the Eos fits the bill.

The interiors are the usual mix of quality design and materials that you can expect from the mid-priced VW range, and the build quality in general will never let you down. All Eos models come quite well equipped, with a CD/radio stereo, central locking with keyless remote, anti-theft system, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, dual front airbags, side airbags, lateral airbags, a roll-bar safety system, stability control, and power mirrors and windows. You’ve also got a great choice when it comes to the engines.

2009 Volkswagen EosThe 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine, again from the Golf, is a great piece of kit. Torquey (289Nm) from right down low in the rev range, and building strongly to a respectable top speed, thanks to a decent dollop of horsepower (200bhp); this power plant also makes some involving noises. And when you’re not working the engine hard and pushing the turbocharger so much, you can expect some fairly decent fuel efficiency figures. The best of both worlds in terms of performance, too.

If you’re feeling really fast and flush then you have the option of the 250bhp, 3.2-litre, V6 petrol unit, which is really starting to get muscular.

2009 Volkswagen EosEither of the engines described can be progressed via VW’s excellent DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox. A joy to use thanks to its slick operation, smooth engagement and F1-style steering wheel paddles that give you back full cog-swapping control. With great engines and a nicely advanced retractable roof the Eos is a good convertible option for the desert.


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Price Range (AED) 117,000 onwards

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