|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2012 Volkswagen Eos
|Lux SULEV 2.0 TSI Convertible||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.5 sec||15.1 sec @ 92.9 mph||22/30/23.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
2007 Volkswagen Eos
|2.0T Convertible||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.9 sec||15.4 sec @ 92 mph||20/29/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|2.0T Convertible||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6M||7.3 sec||15.7 sec @ 95 mph||21/29/27 mpg||Motor Week|
|2.0T Convertible||2.0L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||6.6 sec||15.1 sec @ 93.3 mph||20/29/20.3 mpg||Road & Track|
|3.2L Convertible||3.2L V6||FWD||6A||6.5 sec||15.1 sec @ 94 mph||19/26/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
|3.2L Convertible||3.2L V6||FWD||6A||6.7 sec||15.1 sec @ 93.7 mph||19/26/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
About Volkswagen Eos
Out of the 41 most affordable small cars in the country, the 2015 VW Eos is ranked number 26. Its ranking is based on test drives of the car, careful analysis of the published reviews and safety and reliability data of the vehicle.
In addition, this car is also ranked 5th in affordable convertibles. With these high rankings, you can see that owning a VW Eos is a wise proposition. Although this may be a good reason to choose this car, it would also be wiser for you to learn more about it before really deciding if it’s really what you need.
Short Look at the History of the VW Eos
The VW Eos was first seen in 2006. Volkswagen developed this vehicle as a sport compact car. It was introduced as the successor of the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet. This car has a retractable hardtop coupe convertible body style.
The VW Eos was named after Eos, the Greek goddess of the dawn. It was the first production coupe of Volkswagen, since it ended the production of the Volkswagen Corrado in 1995.
Before its launch, the VW Eos was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2004 as the Concept C concept car. The car was produced at the AutoEuropa plant in Portugal and was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005. The following year, in January 2006, it was presented to the North American car market at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
If you are considering this car, here are some of its specifications that you need to know:
Engine – 2.0 liter, 200 horsepower, 121 cu. in. displacement, 9.60:1 compression ratio.
- Cylinder configuration – I-4
- Drive type – front-wheel
- Number of valves – 16
- Horsepower – 200 hp. at 5,100 RPM
- Torque – 207 lb.-ft. at 1,700 RPM
- Transmission – 6 speed automatic with auto-shift
- Recommended fuel – premium unleaded
- Suspension – front suspension – strut type; rear suspension – multi-link type
The VW Eos has only one powertrain. Its 2.0 liter engine is able to efficiently provide the pep. But its six speed automated manual transmission sometimes dampen the brisk acceleration with sharp shifts.
When the car is coasting to a stop in city driving, it feels like it is dragging something, which is quite an uncomfortable sensation. But wait till you get into the highway.
When driving in the highway, the car’s power delivery is very smooth and fast. The steering also feels nicely weighted and very responsive and crisp. You will have a very comfortable ride with the car’s body feeling decently rigid, having only minimal shudders when encountering bumps.
Its body lean is also very well inline, with a more balanced feeling when turning corners. The cabin isolation is also impressive with low road noise and wind levels.
The recommended fuel for the VW Eos is premium unleaded gasoline. With this fuel, the EPA rating is at 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. This is well below the Cooper S Convertible of BMW which is 26 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway.
It appears that fuel efficiency is not one of the stronger points of the VW Eos. However, other cars in its class show similar EPA ratings, so the VW Eos is not unique in this regard.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or IIHS gives a good score to the VW Eos with regards to its front-and-side impact crash tests. However, the vehicle was not tested in other areas.
Forward visibility is good but may pose a problem with taller drivers. Rear visibility suffers a little because of the fixed outboard head restraints, thick rear pillars, and narrow back window.
There’s a back-up camera for the higher end version of the Eos, but it should be a standard for all variants.
Comfort and Features
The cabin of the VW Eos is nice, clean and the matte chrome trim looks expensive. Although the seats are covered with synthetic leather, they look and feel as if they are made of high quality materials.
VW Eos’ Standard features are heated seats for the driver and front passengers. This makes driving in cold weather pleasant and convenient.
The best thing about this vehicle is its power-retractable hard top. It folds neatly in just 25 seconds in a very graceful and fluid motion. Volkswagen boasts that the VW Eos is the only convertible which has this kind of power hardtop.
From the foregoing, you can see that the VW Eos has a lot of features that makes it a good car choice for those who are looking for small cars with lots of value. If you are in the market for a small car, you should consider the VW Eos.
For more information about VW Eos, visit the official Volkswagen website.
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