Volkswagen Eos – Goddess of the Dawn and Wind

Eos, which is the mythological Greek goddess of the dawn and the wind, is also the name affixed to one of the most beautiful models designed by German automaker Volkswagen. As a 2+2 cabriolet, the Eos shares the same mechanical underpinnings of the Passat, but has its own body panels and is sized closer to the Golf and the Jetta.

First introduced in 2006, the Eos replaced the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet which had served as Volkswagen’s entry level convertible model for more than two decades. That earlier model will be returning to Volkswagen in 2010 and will be slotted below the Eos, but just above the New Beetle Cabriolet. Meanwhile, the Eos will continue in its role as the premium drop top model for VW.

Volkswagen Design And Engineering

On the outside, the Eos incorporates Passat fascia, but the resemblance between the two models ends there. From the roof line on back, the sweeping style of the Eos is all sport coupe including its five piece retractable hard top roof, a design and engineering wonder that distinguishes the car from its soft top competitors. Indeed, the same technology found on the Eos is also offered on select Volvo and BMW models, demonstrating that Volkswagen made sure that its premium cabriolet was aimed at a more upscale client base while priced at least ten thousand dollars less.

Inside, the cabin design is clean and well laid out much as you would find in the VW Golf. As a matter of fact, the Golf and Eos share a nearly identical interior except for aluminum trim and dashboard dial upgrades. That commonality in design could turn off some buyers who may soon realize that on the outside the Eos more closely resembles the Passat while on the inside the cabin is all Golf.

Leg and head room in the front of the Eos is quite good, even for tall passengers, but a bit tight for those who must ride in the rear seats. Taller rear seating passengers would find the Eos a challenge for anything beyond a brief ride, but children or short adults should enjoy their accommodations.

One Engine/Transmission Combination

Under the hood, Volkswagen gives buyers just one engine/transmission pairing for the Eos. A turbo-charged 2.0L I4 engine and tiptronic six-speed transmission is it, the latter which includes paddle shifters and can be operated in either automatic or manual mode. The Eos is no speed demon, going from zero to sixty in 7.4 seconds – this car just begs for the optional 2.5L I5 engine found in some Jetta models, but you can’t get it at least for right now. Despite that option not being offered, customers are likely to be happy that the Eos delivers 31 mpg on the highway, certainly making for a nice trade off.

Lastly, the same industry leading resale value that Volkswagen enjoys hasn’t escaped the Eos. Even after five years of ownership, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) says that the Eos should retain about 52% of its value, one of the best returns for any convertible on the market.