Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The retractible hardtop convertible was built on the Golf platform.
While the front remained pretty much the same as the original’s, at the rear, the EOS featured new LED taillights.
The roof folded easily with the push of a button, and what’s more unique, for bad weather conditions, a full panoramic sunroof was also included.
The trunk was a decent size, even with the roof down.
Although the EOS was one of the least expensive hardtop convertible, its starting price was at around $39,000. The base model did not have a steering-wheel mounted-controls.
The interior was built with good quality materials. A new trim with specific details for the dashboard the doors, the “Matt Chrome” was standard.
The EOS was not available with a manual transmission, but with an automatically controlled manual transmission, a DSG gearbox.
The engine mounted on the EOS was a 2.0-liter turbocharged power plant that developed 200 hp.
Besides great power, the EOS offered increased comfort and performance.
With the stiffer suspension, the car didn’t feel that great over bumps, having a little body shake.
Surprinsingly, even at motorway speeds, the EOS had a quiet cabin with the roof up.
Compared to the more expensive rivals such as the Mazda MX5 and the Chrysler 200, the EOS offered good value and seating for four.
Using a Passat shortened platform, the Volkswagen Eos was a less expensive hardtop convertible compared to the luxurious competitors on the market.
While offering seating for 4 adults, the EOS featured a sophisticated retractable hardtop design and a sportier look than the other VW cars in the lineup. The retractable hardtop was designed by OASys and could be opened and closed in around 25 seconds.
Even if the EOS was available in three trim levels, the base model was well loaded as the customer did not have optionals to choose from.
The base model included 16-inch alloys, leatherette upholstery, air-conditioning, power windows and heated exterior mirrors.
The upper 2.0T trim levels added heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a trip computer and a power driver seats, while an extensive list of features became available.
The top-of-the-range featured a powerful 3.2-liter V76 engine that developed 250 hp. Other features included 17-inch alloy wheels, real leather upholstery, wood interior accents, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirrors.
Other packages were available for the upper trim levels such as the Sport Package and the Technology Package, with features including bigger wheels, a tweaked suspension, a better audio system, parking sensors, as well as adaptive bi-xenon headlights.
While some users reported that they faced water leaks issues, the EOS was still a popular choice on the market.