Auto review by Veeno Dewan

There is nothing better than going for a carefree drive in a convertible and everyone should own one at least once. While most of us cannot afford a mega expensive Lambo or Ferrari ragtop there are some affordable Cabriolets in the market.

For instance look no further than the 2012 Volkswagen Eos, a nicely styled, well priced four seater with a folding hardtop and integrated sunroof.

In my opinion despite the added weight penalty and complexity of hardtop roofs, the security benefits and better safety are big attractions compared to soft-topped convertibles.
The sleek Eos stand out in this regards offering a five-piece solid convertible roof that includes a clever panoramic glass sunroof that can be tilted or slid open even when the roof is up. At the push of button the roof panels and side roof rails amazingly concertina and store themselves in the trunk leaving the Eos with a sleek, seamless profile at the rear All this amazing stuff happens in about 25 seconds.

The base Eos is powered by an effective and powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, developing 200 horsepower with either a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG).

You can also opt for a more powerful V6 engine, a 250-horsepower 3.2-liter V6 with 235 lb-ft of torque.

The Eos comes standard with lots of safety equipment, including electronic stability control, rollover and side airbags that activate to provide protection for both head and thorax in side crashes. The Volkswagen Eos also features as standard hill start assist to all models. Also available is Park Distance Control and active bi-xenon headlamps. An available Technology Package adds touch-screen satellite navigation, media device interface, Dynaudio premium stereo, and integrated Sirius satellite radio.

Features on the very well-equipped Trendline trim version includes include 1 alloy wheels, air conditioning, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, fog lights, power panoramic sunroof, variable intermittent wipers, heated washer nozzles, cruise control, floor mats, power locks with keyless entry, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, heated “leatherette” seats, locking rear pass-through, garage door opener, leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and power windows with auto up/down.

The Comfortline edition of the Eos add’s dual-zone automatic climate control, sport-tuned suspension, automatic headlamps, Park Distance Control, rain-sensing wipers, digital compass, multifunction trip computer, foot well lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, six-CD/MP3 stereo, Sirius satellite radio, twelve-way power driver’s seat with power rear easy-entry, heated leather seats, and leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel.

The EOS interior features a smart, well-finished cabin.

Typically German designed with restrained, refined detailing and faultless quality. Seats are firmly comfortable and the rear perches will seat two adults in relative comfort.
Note that even with the Eos roof down, there’s still 6.6 cubic feet of space left in the trunk. When the top is up, the Eos trunk has an impressive 10.5 cubic feet of space.

The turbocharged 4 cylinder in the Eos tester offers strong urgent performance and no real trace of turbo lag when pushed. The automatic Direct Shift Gearbox is a stand out with fast, smooth gears changes. The front wheel drive Eos has the firm, confident handling so well loved by VW fans and offers balanced road holding in curves and winding roads. Cowl shake and judder normally associated with convertibles is noticeably absent thanks in part to the strong chassis and well-tried VW underpinnings. Rough roads and potholes did not upset the Eos and its brakes are firm, strong and well-modulated.

Passengers also remarked on the snug, quite interior that offers better sound insulation than fabric-roofed convertibles. Not a lot to complain about really but the Eos can start getting a bit pricy when you start adding options.

Looking for a sleek, four seat, safe hard top convertible? The Volkswagen Eos will fit the bill nicely.

2012 Volkswagen Eos