Volkswagen EOS 2.0 TSI Review: ExtraOrdinarily...Sagacious?

Volkswagen EOS 2.0 TSI Review: ExtraOrdinarily...Sagacious?

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
23 Aug 2007

I cannot stress more on the way this Venetian beauty of a horseless carriage slides, sheds or should I even say, strips itself of its roof in an almost sexual manner. The engineers have worked this to a T. Everything slips away, quietly, subtly, and in about 30 seconds, voila!

Having said that, I pity the person who buys himself an Eos, and doesn’t have a mirror in his garage. You are going to WANT to see that roof disappear into the backside of your car.

It’s a work of art. Enough said.

When you actually get around to driving it with the top up, it is as quiet as a Golf GT, especially while cruising at high, triple digit speeds, which makes it nothing short of amazing. Wind noise is absolutely absent, and for a moment, you’ve almost forgotten you were driving a drop top coupe.

Let’s not forget about the seats. Deep, comfortable leathers set in a beautiful red. You’ll need the inside of an Italian set of wheels to better that.

Why buy it?

There are many answers to this never ending question. First, you are suffering from a midlife crisis of humongous proportions, and need a quick fix without having to sell your children off. Speaking of which, here is enough space back there for the average asian male - all the more reason to put your kids through school at the same time.

Second – it is almost as fast, and as tunable as a Golf GTI. Bluntly put, you could probably up the ante to the tune of 280 hp and around 400 Nm of torque if you bought this car, and had a few grand lying around.

Finally, (and this is the reason that will make drivers of other convertibles go red in the face) and bluntly put, Volkswagen, for a price of $154,800, has managed to fabricate a machine that dares to smack the very face of other front engined, front wheel driven devices such as the Volvo C70, Saab 9-3 Convertible and the Audi A4 Cabriolet, all of which are priced at least $40,000 more.

Sure, the Vee-Dub might be a little more flimsy through hard corners with its top off, and it might not have as much recognition as the abovementioned convos, but where front driven drop tops are concerned, I safely declare none of them to be as cheap, fun, and fast as an Eos.

That folks, is a remarkable feat for Volkswagen.

Credits: Text by Andy Hum. Photos by Amery Reuben

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