Our cars: Goodbye VW Eos - Introduction
List price £23,940
Target price £22,430
Run by Alex Newby, What Car? deputy editor
Tested for 12 months/10,720 miles
Why it's on test To see if our favourite drop-top could keep us smiling all year round
There's only one real reason anyone buys a convertible – for the sheer fun it offers. It’s hard to beat the excitement and sense of freedom of having the open sky right above your head as you twist along country roads or fly down the motorway. So, when I took delivery of my Volkswagen Eos, I knew I was in for a treat.
I haven’t been disappointed, especially because open-top motoring wasn’t its only talent. With the spirited way it drove, its ability to transform into a coupé at the touch of a button, and more than a hint of practicality, it has been star-class entertainment.
A lot of that pizzazz came from the 2.0 turbocharged engine – the same unit that’s fitted to the Golf GTI, and which helped make the Eos our 2007 and 2008 Open-top Car of the Year.
I loved how nippy it felt from even low speeds, although the way it kept egging me on to push the throttle harder might have been to blame for the high fuel consumption: an average of 26.7mpg compared poorly with the official claimed figure of 34.4.
I specified Sport trim, which added snazzy cherry-red rear light clusters and 17-inch alloys, plus a flat-tyre indicator and slightly lower and firmer suspension. All this gave the car a sporty edge that complemented the zingy engine.
Click here to 'get to know' the Eos with Alex