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CAR OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY 2007

2007 Volkswagen Eos 2.0T Review

German Goddess

A three-quarter rear view of a 2007 Volkswagen Eos 2.0T

In short: An affordable, yet luxurious hardtop convertible.

When there is romance in the air, topping off a sexy Eos is one way to capture the spirit of love. This new arrival from Germany is compact and stylish, yet offers plenty of room for two and all the gear necessary to experience a romantic weekend up the coast, up a mountain or up a picturesque country road. Never mind sporadic weather, as in seconds your charming convertible transforms into a safe and solid hardtop coupe. Really, it is the best of both worlds. The good news is that finally, here is an affordable option compared to the much more pricey Mercedes-Benz CLK. Also, Volvo brought in the new C70 and BMW will follow with the 3-Series.

The Volkwagen Eos' interior is attractive and well-crafted. Our tester came with the optional DSG automatic and turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Our tester was top of the line and felt very luxurious. The 2.0-liter FSI turbocharged powerplant that makes 200 horsepower is a perfect compromise between power and fuel economy, and the car feels sporty to drive. The 3.2-liter V6 with 50 more ponies will only set you back another $5,000 and guzzle more fuel, so we don’t really see the need for such a motor in this vehicle. For the most part, the ride is comfortable (four seats) with many creature comforts such as heated leather seats, dual climate zones, multi-function steering wheel and safety features that include a rollover protection system. One of the outstanding features we want to point out is that if the air is cold and you get too much wind, you can still get plenty of light and some air with the standard glass sunroof. We raise our hats to the engineers.

The Volkwagen Eos' hardtop roof lowers in 25 seconds

As in other convertibles, the trunk space is rather limited, but you have a back seat. Whether he drives you or she drives you, this model is sure to bring in some fun. You may also bring a couple of friends or the kids, proving its versatility. We were so sad to see it go at the end of the week that we are tempted to make it the next permanent addition to our fleet.

The Volkwagen Eos features the first-ever sunroof in a hardtop convertible

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Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; twelve-year/unlimited-mile warranty against rust; four-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $27,990 / As Tested: $36,985

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door hardtop convertible

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Horsepower: 200 bhp @ 5,100 rpm
Torque: 207 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 3,569 lbs
Wheelbase: 101.5 in
Length/Width/Height:
173.6/70.5/56.8 in
Turning circle: 35.8 ft

Brakes: all-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake assist
Suspension:
independent front and rear
Traction:
traction control, vehicle stability control

0-60 mph: 7.4 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: 130 mph (governed)

Est. City: 23 mpg
Est. Highway: 31 mpg

Safety: front airbags; front side airbags; daytime running lights

Likes: outstanding convertible mechanism with sunroof; fun and easy to drive.
Dislikes: limited trunk space


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(Updated: 12/12/11 NW)

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