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The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Eos
For:Good engines, handles well enough
Against:Boot space compromised by folding hard-top
1.4 TSI 160 SE 2dr
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What we say:
More elegant than the Golf Cabrio despite that folding hard-top. Eos is a decent, cheaper alternative to something like a 4 Series Convertible
What is it?
Like your open-top VW with a folding hard top? Then the Eos is for you. This came before the Golf Cabrio and is the more elegant of the pair, despite having that bulky roof to deal with, with prices to match. Can’t afford a BMW 3-Series? This’ll do nicely.
You get the usual reassuring VW steering and trustworthy cornering, but there’s not much precision and when the roof is down it’s worse because the body twists and the front end shakes.
The mid-range 2.0 turbos (petrol and diesel) hit the spot and come in various power guises including 140bhp, 160bhp and 210bhp (for the 2.0-litre TSI).
On the inside
The seats are excellent. And of course it’s cramped in the back, but not as bad as the hatch-derived opposition, so maybe VW does have a point there. The glass roof slides to make a sunroof if you don’t want to blast your passengers.
VW has a knack of making seats and instruments look well-crafted, but the Eos’s quality impression is undermined by the shaky body and some scrappy plastics in the lower dash. Roof reliability hasn’t been perfect either.
Like all CCs the boot space suffers when the roof is down, despite the huge complexity of the Eos’s effort.
Variable service intervals mean if you go gently it’ll pay off in costs. Fuel costs aren’t bad and depreciation on an Eos is still gentle.