CAR OF THE MONTH FEBRUARY 2007
2007 Volkswagen Eos 2.0T Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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