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While the cloth-top convertible won't be going away anytime soon (the New Beetle being a perfect example), the recent proliferation of retractable hardtops shows no sign of slowing. Volkswagen has taken the trend a step further by integrating a glass sunroof into the top of its latest four-seat convertible, the 2009 Volkswagen Eos. Hardtop advantages include a more finished, more coupe-like look and feel inside and out, while the downside is generally limited to a reduction in cargo volume when the top is stowed. Named after the Greek goddess of dawn, the Eos is helping to usher in a new era of versatile and practical convertibles.
If you'd like the freedom of a convertible but need a practical, comfortable daily driver, you'll be happy to know that you can also have an excellent powertrain, athletic handling and even a sunroof in the 2009 Volkswagen Eos.
The Eos' attractive but understated styling might not deliver the look-at-me factor some convertible buyers seek. And, as with most four-seat convertibles, the rear seating area is narrow.
The V6 is dropped from the line for 2009, leaving only two trims (Komfort and Lux), both powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
Driving Impressions The 2009 Volkswagen Eos is one of the sturdiest four-seat convertibles we've ever driven, with ride and handling characteristics closer to those of a fixed-roof coupe than a typical longer-wheelbase...drop-top. We most appreciated the Eos' chassis rigidity in the curvy sections of our test drive, through which our Eos 2.0T test vehicle carved with more confidence and enthusiasm than we expected. Out on the open highway the ride was controlled but comfortable, and the 2.0T engine was so smooth that on more than one occasion we were surprised to find ourselves cruising along with the six-speed transmission in fourth gear. Front-seat passengers are well protected from wind thanks in large part to a tall front deflector that deploys manually from the top of the windshield frame.
Dynaudio Sound System
The optional 10-speaker, 600-watt audio system produces a full, natural sound that's among the best we've heard.
The Eos' handling characteristics make it easy to utilize and appreciate VW's quick- and smooth-shifting dual-clutch transmission.
The Eos' interior is more attractively designed and better put together than those of some cars we've driven with sticker prices twice as much. With the top stowed away – after a 25-second mechanical ballet – luggage space shrinks from 10.5 cubic feet to 6.6 cubic feet. For something between top-up and top-down, the Eos' wide sunroof is just the ticket. Typical of four-seat convertibles, the rear seat is somewhat narrow as a result of having to accommodate the top's mechanicals. Interesting features include an adjustable, cooled glove box and dual-zone climate control that maintains separate settings for top-up and top-down driving.Exterior
The front of the 2009 Volkswagen Eos is dominated by Volkswagen's now-familiar, U-shaped grille flanked by large, expressive headlamps. Viewed from the side with the top up, a handful of cut lines give away what might otherwise pass as a fixed-roof coupe. Other exterior points of interest include turn signals integrated into the side mirrors, a wheel lineup that ranges in size from 16 to 17 inches and dual exhaust outlets. Adaptive, swiveling bi-xenon headlamps are optional, while trunk-integrated antennae add to the Eos' clean look. In a potential rollover situation, an active roll bar pops up from behind the rear-seat head restraints.
The 2009 Volkswagen Eos comes equipped with electronically controlled air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, heated front leatherette seats (dubbed V-Tex) and an eight-speaker six-disc CD/MP3 audio system with an auxiliary input jack. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability controls, auto-dimming driver's side mirror, front airbags and combination head/thorax side airbags. Lux models add power folding mirrors, 17-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, 12-way power adjustable front seats with four-way power lumbar and leather seating surfaces.
Available features include a navigation system, Dynaudio Premium Sound System, iPod adapter, Park Distance Control, front armrest, rear wind blocker, power-folding side mirrors and trip computer.
The Eos' 2.0T engine and DSG transmission comprise one of the most highly regarded powertrains on the road. With FSI direct fuel injection mitigating turbo lag, the 2.0T is unusually responsive. The innovative DSG transmission functions as a no-touch automatic in traffic and a quick-shifting, no-pedal manual when you're feeling more enthusiastic.)
2.0-liter in-line 4 Turbocharged
200 horsepower @ 5100-6000 rpm
207 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1800-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 (manual), 22/29 (automatic)
By Yomomma on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun, Good Looks, Comfortable on long trips."
Cons: "Needs more chrome like my 2009 EOS"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is my second EOS. Owned a 2009 white with Gray Interior. Traded it for a 2013 because I needed the bluetooth and was afraid they would stop making them. No Problems No roof problems love the drive, love the manual shift option. SO much fun! Heats up fast in the winter. I live in Michigan, with the front wheel drive I can drive it all winter!. The windscreen serves me as an inside trunk when the top is down. I can fit a whole lot of groceries under this! Great Gas Milage! Does take premium gas but its a turbo!! How you not like a little red convertable with light tan seats and a sunroof!"
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By Bubba on Monday, February 09, 2015
I don't own this caroverall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Trim level nice, roof design, responsive, quiet"
Cons: "lag in turbo performance, roof maintenance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Tested the Komfort model of this vehicle (VW Eos, 2015). The roof is interesting because of the many configurations you can use (from convertible -> fully closed and several in between including the (somewhat hard to pop-up) front air dam, rear air deflector. Found the cabin very quiet both ways (convertible plus air dams or top fully up and sealed). The engine was quiet and responsive (did notice a change in engine speed fron Neutral to forward gears which stutters the car forward unexpectedly. Turning radius is quite good! Turbo lags strongly to engage after 1.5 sec @45MPH. This was the no-go item for me."
5 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By Steadfast on Saturday, January 31, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Incredible value; fun to drive"
Cons: "Where to put my golf clubs - Passenger Seat?"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought a silver 2010 with 65K on it. I would have not been surprised if there had been some glitch on a hardtop convertible 4 years old. But, there has been none anywhere on the whole car after 5K! This is such a solid car throughout. The transmission is the smoothest I've ever felt. I'm scratching my head wondering why they are stopping production this year, especially considering that convertibles are coming back. My last fun car was a Boxster; not drivable in the winter. Not the EOS. Very pleasantly surprised how it handles in the snow."
5 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By VW Fan on Saturday, December 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"VW EOS remains the only hardtop convertible with sunroof on the market. These features are unique and make the car a perfect choice for all four seasons. In winter, you benefit from the moonroof effect -- not claustrophobic like the traditional black ragtop. In spring and fall, use the sunroof. And in summer, the convertible effect. Excellent 2.0 turbo engine -- very quick and responsive. Superb DSG dual clutch automatic -- absolutely the best in the business. This VW transmission is far superior to any other in the marketplace. Pricing is a little rich but again the product is one of a kind."
19 people out of 30 found this review helpful
By Sue on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Reliability, functionality and engineering."
Cons: "High maintenance costs."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned this car since new. I only had to get the stereo replaced because of my doing. I am very rough on cars and this VW stood the test. I did have one recall but I didn't even think I had an issue. I chose black faux leather interior since my kid is into sports and the interior would get a work out. The interior has stood up to everything we could dish out. Funciontalty fits the bill and my daughter calls it our transformer. Great car!"
16 people out of 21 found this review helpful
By fondy on Monday, September 15, 2014
I want this caroverall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "turbo, panoramic sunroof in add. to conv."
Cons: "trunk size could b larger"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Looking for a stylish, well maintained used vehicle with a great rep & history. The VW eos has other convertibles beat."
4 people out of 8 found this review helpful