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Volkswagen Eos 2.0TFSI 2006 Road Test

Fri, 14 Jul 2006

I’m delighted to report that with the Eos VW seems to have cracked it.

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

The Eos 2.0TFSI 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 has offers electric sliding sunroof when you have the top up.

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.

But 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.

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