Volkswagen have been making top-class cabriolets for about fifty years now, and the gorgeous 2015 Volkswagen Eos is the latest beauty to keep up their impeccable tradition. Expensive? A little. But high quality? Yes! Let’s take a closer look at what it offers.
Though it might not look it, but the new 2015 Volkswagen Eos is actually a fairly bulky car, thanks largely to the glass panel that is needed for its tilt and sliding sunroof. The concept is actually pretty cool, but it invariably means that the engines aren’t quite of the same peppy ilk as you’d find in VW’s other models. The 2.0-litre 210PS TSI feels quick, and gets to 60 seconds from rest in 7.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 148mph. But this is probably as fast as things get for the 2015 Volkswagen Eos convertible. The most popular unit, the 2.0 TDI diesel gets to 60 from rest in 10.3 seconds – though it actually does feel quicker.
If performance isn’t something that bothers you too much, you’ll be pleased to read that the new 2015 Volkswagen Eos rides very well. Even with the roof down, this Volkswagen Eos convertible is a refined vehicle that doesn’t shake over the UK’s worst roads like it perhaps would have done ten years ago. If you opt for a Sport variant, you’ll benefit from tauter springs, but the base model is not exactly shabby in the handling department, and it’s also equipped with some good grip. With the roof up, the drive is nice and quiet, whilst even with the roof down, the engines aren’t exactly bothersome.
It’s hard for designers and engineers to get convertibles looking good when the roof is up, and one of the new 2015 Volkswagen Eos problems is exactly that. That isn’t to say that it looks bad, but there is still a long way to go before we see a tip-top, slick as heck cabriolet that looks stunning with the roof up. The exterior of the 2015 Volkswagen Eos has benefited from a few revisions, among them a modified front grille, new LED daytime running lights (optional), as well as a revised front bumper that now makes the car 16mm longer.
The roof utilises the same mechanism as last time, though at least this time around consumers do have the chance to operate it remotely. Otherwise, drivers will be operating it via the controls that you’ll find in the front centre armrest. When the roof is down, boot space is limited to 205-litres, but when it’s up, this increases to 380-litres. The roof takes 25 seconds to fold. The actual interior looks rather upmarket, coming with chrome trim highlighters, higher quality fabrics, as well as cool leather seats (optional) that means you can return to your sun-drenched car without burning your skin off. Hurrah for options! In the back, the rear passenger seat is much improved.
Facts and Figures
Prices for the 2015 Volkswagen Eos start from around £23,000 and rise to about £33,000. You’ll be paying around £25,000 for the popular 2.0-litre TDI 140PS variant. The overall price is decent when you consider that it comes with more high quality than you’ll find in, say, a Renault Megane, whilst consumers who have been longing to drive a convertible but couldn’t afford a BMW or Audi will now be given a fairer chance. Standard specs across the range include front fog lights, alloys, power mirrors, rear parking sensors, as well as a hill hold clutch. The 122PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol and the 140PS 2.0-litre TDI engines come equipped with BlueMotion technology which preserves energy, with the former emitting 144g/km of CO2 whilst the latter emits just 125g/km.
With the roof up, the 2015 Volkswagen Eos convertible doesn’t exactly look the bees knees. But then, what convertible does? With the roof down, however, this is as slick as cabriolets get, and when you consider its very competitive price tag and upmarket feel, this is an affordable convertible that presents a much cheaper alternative to, say, a BMW or Audi. If you’ve been wanting to drive a classy cabriolet for a long, long time but could never afford one (no, a Megane doesn’t count), this might be your big chance.
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