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Volkswagen Eos
7/10

Overall
verdict

They say the Volkswagen Eos isn’t just a converted hatch but a specially made car bigger than a Golf. We aren’t sure it beats a cheaper Focus CC.

Additional Info

  • The world is so full of these coupe-cabrios my head is starting to spin. Get a Golf GTI. What’s the matter with you?
  • Top Gear wildcard

    The ‘base’ 1.4 actually has goo a turbo and ad torque spread, so comes out quite well in comparison with the 2.0 non-turbo, while giving major-league CO2 savings

  • Our choice

    Eos 2.0 TSI 210 Sport 2d

    Price £28,050

    BHP 210

    LB FT 206

    MPG 39

    CO2 165

    0-62 MPH 7.80

    Top Speed 147

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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.

Driving

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.

Owning

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.

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5/10 Volkswagen Eos 1.4 TSI SE driven
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