The 2014 Volkswagen Eos is at the top of its game when it comes to style and performance. With a price ranging from around $35,000 to $40,500, it is a true competitor in this hard fought class of vehicles. As you would expect, Volkswagen have maintained the high standards that are synonymous with the marque.
The Volkwagen Eos is constructed from premium materials which give the os a feel of cars costing twice as much. Its power-retractable hard-top, which operates in 25 seconds, has a built-in panoramic sunroof that gives the car a light and airy feel; even with the top up. The Eos comes with heated leatherette front seats and a leather bound steering wheel as standard. There is an option to upgrade to leather, powered seats. A wind deflector, which is standard, reduces the buffeting associated with open top motoring. Dual zone climate control is also standard across the range.
The dash is solid, well-constructed and comparatively simple in design, making it easy to read; which again, is a trait of Volkswagen. All-switch gear is positive and the standard audio system is excellent, incorporating Bluetooth, satellite radio and iPod integration; although the optional 600 watt, 10 speaker variant is arguably the best around. Other options include push-button start, rear parking sensors and a rear view camera.
The Exterior of the Eos tells a similar story regarding build quality and styling. Elegant lines give the Eos a smooth, purposeful look whilst remaining functional. Finish quality is excellent with touches like mirror mounted indicator repeaters fitted as standard; panel fit is excellent as you would expect, but trunk space is limited, though this is a feature of the type of car so not unexpected.
Coming from a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder turbo-charged unit this vehicle produces 200 horsepower. This is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox, and together, they give an excellent performance profile which rivals many of the V6's available in this class. Couple this with strong braking and crisp, accurate steering, you can see that the Eos becomes a dynamic and economical car to drive.
As in any of our other vehicles, safety is at the top of the agenda, and even more so with an open top vehicle. Volkswagen has fitted driver, passenger, and side airbags as standard, along with electronic stability control, brake assistance, four wheel ABS and day time running lights. The Eos also incorporates a 'Rollover Protection System', which deploys steel bars in the event of a rollover incident. Volkswagen has also included their Intelligent Crash Response system, which cuts off the fuel supply, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard warning lights in the event of a collision.
The Volkswagen Eos has shown itself to be an excellent choice in this hard fought vehicle category. Its exceptional build quality, modern looks, and crisp handling make it a pleasure to drive and own. The powerful, turbo-charged engine allows it to respond to others in its class whilst producing class leading fuel consumption figures. Couple this with an excellent safety package and the Volkswagen legendary attention to detail, and the Eos should definitely be high on your list of choices when considering open top motoring.