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Eos: Top down motoring from Volkswagen


For fans of wind in the hair motoring, Volkswagen’s pert little Eos offers all the options.

There’s a simple electric sun-roof for starters. Then, at the press of another button, the entire metal roof folds down, transforming the snug little hard-top coupé transforms into a full-on open roadster.

The Eos is the only convertible to come with a tilt and slide sunroof as a standard feature. The folding hard-top is made in five parts to facilitate a 25-second movement from closed to fully open without taking up too much of the 380 litre luggage space, though the 205 litres that remains isn’t exactly generous.

Opening and closing can now be performed remotely.

The latest incarnation of this neat German offering came onto our streets back in March, allowing purchasers to fully enjoy the best moments of what was a now it sunny, now it’s raining British summer.

A revised exterior design brings the Eos into line with the latest iteration of Volkswagen’s design language as seen on the latest Polo, Passat and Sharan moels.

Horizontal lines dominate the front of the car with a prominent new grille, complete with chrome highlights. A set of new headlight units features the option of integrated LED daytime running lights to lend the revised Eos an elegant appearance.

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A modified front bumper with new airdams and fog lights is joined by a re-profiled bonnet. At the rear there’s a set of revised tail lights, creating a distinctive new appearance.

Inside, new trim finishes enhance the interior of the Eos which is both comfortable and extremely well equipped. Highlights include a leather multifunction steering wheel, air-conditioning, a powerful eight-speaker CD stereo system and sports seats.

A further enhancement is the introduction of so-called ‘cool leather’ as an upholstery option which, ideally for an open-top car, reflects the sun’s rays to prevent it heating up as conventional leather would.

Park Assist is also available for the first time on the Eos this is the increasingly popular system that aids both parallel and adjacent parking manoeuvres.

The Eos is offered with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines. These include a 1.4-litre TSI with 122 or 160 PS, a 2.0-litre TSI unit producing 210 PS as well as a refined 2.0-litre TDI engine delivering 140 PS. BlueMotion Technology modifications include the increasingly common stop/start system while battery regeneration systems are standard on the 1.4-litre 122 PS and 2.0-litre TDI models, reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

Since the original model was launched, the Eos has proved a popular choice with UK buyers. In 2010, 2,462 Eos models were sold in the UK. Its best-selling year was 2007 when 5,648 were sold.

My Eos Sport BlueMotion Technology 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS six-speed manual test car could be yours for £26,100.

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