Review: Volkswagen Eos (2006 – 2015)


Goes and handles well with space for four adults. Decent luggage trunk top up and fresh air top down.

Multi section roof is proving almost impossible to seal against leaks which can wreck the hydraulic mechanism.

Volkswagen Eos (2006 – 2015): At A Glance

Faced with almost overwhelming competition from Ford, Peugeot, Renault, Vauxhall and Volvo, the wags from Wolfsburg came up with the best folding tin-top your folding can buy.

The Eos 2.0 TFSI 200 has the sweetest engine, the nicest transmission, the stiffest body, the finest handling and the best rear legroom of the lot.

The real joy is it's the one and only coupe cabrio that actually goes and drives like a sportscar rather than merely look like one. And, as an added bonus, it even offers an electric sliding sunroof when you have the top up.

VW Eos 2.0 TFSI 2006 Road Test


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Volkswagen Eos (2006 – 2015): What's It Like Inside?

Length 4407–4423 mm
Width 1791–2009 mm
Height 1437–1444 mm
Wheelbase 2578 mm

Full specifications

It's not often that I return a test car to the venue then take a pair of private buyers out in it and sell the car to them. Yet that's exactly what happened.

A retired couple had seen the Eos and came over to have a good look at them. VW wasn't insured for them to drive, but as long as I took them out it was okay. They wanted to replace a Peugeot 306 automatic cabrio. They had done their homework and studied the brochure from their VW dealer. But this was the first time they had seen the car in the metal. So three up, roof up, roof down we checked it out together and came back with two customers ready to place a firm order for a DSG for delivery in September. They particularly liked the separate sliding sunroof, which I suspect will probably do a lot more work then the rest of the roof in the winter months.

It means you can have fresh air and a full-size boot at the same time. Ideal to trips to the golf club, or the long drive laden with luggage to the South of France or Spain in the summer. And, of course, you'll suffer less wear on the complex component parts of the full folding top.

As well as enough rear legroom for adults, the Eos has plenty of headroom for them too. So four of you travelling reasonably light could make a long trip South together. Instead of taking two cars.

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What's the Volkswagen Eos (2006 – 2015) like to drive?

The best bit is that because of its exceptional rigidity, instead of making allowances for the fact it's a drop top, you can enjoy the handling and have real fun driving it. Push hard on a bend and the rear end seems to dig in, yet at the same time transfer grip and sharpness to the front end. So up to a point the faster you go the better it gets, and that was enough for me. I didn't actually get past the point where one of the ends started to break away.

So it's an excellent car. A fault-free zone as tested. Whether it will remain that way depends on how well the complex five-part roof mechanism holds up. And unless there's a glaring problem that VW testers have yet failed to pinpoint we won't know if it has any for a year or so.

For the time being it gets the nod. And though my heart is firmly rooted in a Nissan 350Z roadster, I know which way my more practical other half would swing. And have her own way, as usual.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.4 TSI 42–46 mpg 8.8–10.9 s 144–159 g/km
1.6 FSI 37 mpg 11.9 s 181 g/km
2.0 FSI 34 mpg 9.8 s 198 g/km
2.0 TDI 47–59 mpg 10.3–10.4 s 125–158 g/km
2.0 TDI DSG 48–59 mpg 10.3 s 125–154 g/km
2.0 TSI 39–40 mpg 7.8 s 165–167 g/km
2.0 TSI DSG 37–38 mpg 7.8 s 174–178 g/km

Real MPG average for a Volkswagen Eos (2006 – 2015)

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Real MPG

25–63 mpg

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What have we been asked about the Volkswagen Eos (2006 – 2015)?

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Why is there water in the footwell of my car?

Any ideas of how water is entering my Volkswagen Eos and settling in the passenger footwell with no signs or evidence of any leaks via the roof drains or doors? I've cleared out the leaves and rubbish from the air intake under the bonnet and windscreen. The water in the footwell is quite considerable and is creating pools when the carpet is compressed.
I think you will find that the drains either side of the bulkhead vent well that you have been clearing out will be blocked by decomposing leaves. That gives nowhere for rainwater to go except via the pollen filter into the footwell. You need to clean the drains out with something like a teapot spout brush. It could also be that the pollen filter waterproof cover or its seal is damaged and the pollen filter will need to be replaced anyway because it will be sodden wet.
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