The Volkswagen Eos is enjoyable to drive thanks to the quality of its ride, handling and refinement. It seats four, has a classy, comfortable cabin and will hold its value well.
Prices for higher-spec models are high. Folding the roof dramatically reduces the boot space.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Even the entry-level 1.4 TSI petrol engine has 158bhp, so it’s impressively quick and very flexible. In fact, it’s all you need. The 208bhp 2.0-litre turbo provides genuine hot hatch pace, while the 138bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel provides strong mid range pull. Both 2.0-litre engines are also available with VW’s twin-clutch gearbox.
Ride & Handling
The Eos resists body shake well with the roof up, which gives you excellent ride comfort, even if you opt for the Sport models with their firmer suspension and larger alloy wheels. Things suffer a little when you lower the roof, but not by much. The steering is responsive and well weighted, and the handling is grippy, predictable and safe.
The Eos' metal roof does a better job of cutting out exterior noise than some rivals with fabric hoods, although there’s some wind noise at motorway speed. You don't get buffeted too much when the roof is down, however. Road noise is quite well isolated and all the engines are easy on the ear.