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2010 Volkswagen Eos

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2010 Volkswagen Eos Review

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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. Not to be outdone, Volkswagen has taken the trend a step further by integrating a glass sunroof into the top of its latest four-seat convertible, the 2010 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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 2010 Volkswagen Eos.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2010

The 2010 Eos gains Bluetooth hands-free cell phone connectivity, a Premium 8-speaker audio system with in-dash six-disc CD/MP3 changer and a new multi-function steering wheel. New options include a choice of red or teak leather seating surfaces.

Driving the Eos
Driving Impressions

The 2010 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.

DSG Transmission
The Eos' handling characteristics make it easy to utilize and appreciate VW's quick- and smooth-shifting dual-clutch transmission.

2010 Volkswagen Eos Details
Interior

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
2010 Volkswagen Eos photo

The front of the 2010 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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 Volkswagen Eos comes equipped with electronically controlled air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, 12-way power adjustable front driver's seat with four-way power lumbar, heated front leatherette seats (dubbed V-Tex), Bluetooth connectivity and the Premium 8 eight-speaker six-disc CD/MP3 audio system with auxiliary input jack and a six-month subscription to SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability controls, front airbags and combination head/thorax side airbags. Lux models add power folding and auto-dimming driver's side mirror, auto dimming interior mirror, 17-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, a power passenger seat and leather seating surfaces.

Optional Equipment

Available features include a navigation system, Dynaudio Premium Sound System, iPod adapter, Park Distance Control, rear wind blocker and trip computer.

Under the Hood

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)

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2010 Volkswagen Eos Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 172 Ratings for the 2007 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

very enjoyable car, top down or up, solid feel

By on Tuesday, March 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "solid car, feels expensive, German quality"

Cons: "some torq steer, some road/tire noise"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Having owned this'12 VW Eos for the last 4 years I can honestly say it is a pleasure to drive both in town and on the interstate. It gets looks almost every shopping trip, the top mechanics are amazing, no leeks, no problems, plenty of room in trunk when top down for grocerys, top up 2+ suit cases. Good on gas( very close to EPA specs) with peppy turbo too boot. Very nice interior layout, still looks new, like the leatherette seats much. Would highly recommend for crusing convertible or travel with top up."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

I HATE MY 2007 VW EOS, nothing but trouble .

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I don't own this car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I own a 2007 VW EOS that only has 56,000 miles. It has been a lemon ever since I got it. Before I had 7,000 miles on it I had to have a new compressor twice, and since then I have had to have numerous other repairs to the motor, timing, window motor, convertible motor twice, lumbar seat motor, and numerous other repairs. I would NEVER recommend a VW of any kind to any body."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Fun!

By on Friday, December 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great engineering."

Cons: "Seats could be more comfortable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought this car at 1 year old for $25k. If you are a driver that appreciates the driving experience, this car is great for the price. The body is solid as is the engineering. Takes corners great. Mechanics of the top draws attention as does the sleek silver look. Tinted windows compliments the aerodynamics. I've gotten many many compliments. I would buy another but VW isn't making them anymore."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

not what i expected

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fun"

Cons: "to many problems wit top"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"as far as vehicle its self looks and driving good, as far convertible top design, very poor,super problematic,early years models way to many problems!"

18 people out of 31 found this review helpful

SHE AND I ARE BEST FRIENDS

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,103

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and look good in"

Cons: "Over Priced, Premium gas user"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I took her off of the show room floor one month after they came out. She has only had one doctors office and goes for her check ups on time every 6,000 miles. Now that she is all mine as of 9/17/15 she now has to have a new Headliner replaced for about $1,100 plus reason being VW designed the pulley system on the retractable top out of a SHOE STRANG TYPE FABRIC THAT HAS NO SEEM ALOWANCE ON THE BRACEING. I am going to have it replaced in the spring but I also am writing a letter to three top people at VW telling them that I think VW should help pay part of my replacement bill. ROOF LEAKE IS THE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM PEOPLE SAY THEY HAVE WITH THIS CAR BUT, IF YOU LUBERCATE ALL OF THE SEALS NO LESS THAN TWICE A YEAR AND ASK THE DEALER TO SEAL BEFORE YOU DRIVE OFF THE LOT, WITH "GUMMI PFLEGE SHIFT" SOLD ON AMAZOM OR KRYOX THROUGH MOST DEALERSHIPS YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY LEAKE PROBLEMS.."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Amazingly well designed and functional car

By on Friday, September 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fabulous extra features for the price"

Cons: "Sport design seats low"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"German engineering perfection. The top goes up and down with awesome precision. And there is a wonderful feature that keeps you from small crashes--thought I hit a wall in a parking garage but not a dent on my car. The sensors are always on guard. When backing up they warn you when someone suddenly is walking behind the car. Very helpful in crowded parking lots. On the freeway it glides along beautifully with ample power to make a quick move if necessary. It turns on a dime.This car is my good friend."

12 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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