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2007 Volkswagen Eos Review

An affordable convertible with lots of luxury touches.

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Overview

The 2007 Volkswagen Eos marks the first model year for the convertible. The two-door, four-seat car has a retractable hardtop. The Eos derives its name from Greek mythology, as Eos refers to the goddess of the sunrise which makes it a very appropriate name for a convertible.

The Volkswagen Eos provides a premium convertible with some luxurious features, and although it succeeds the Cabrio, it couldn't differ more. Its retractable hardtop distinguishes the Eos from its predecessors.

The introduction of a retractable hardtop into more mainline models bestows a real boon, as it gives purchasers all the security and the year-round comfort of having a fixed-roof coupe while enabling them to enjoy sunny days. The Eos appeals to buyers looking for a stylish and sophisticated vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 2.0-liter turbo-charged four-cylinder, 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG)
Models: Volkswagen Eos, Volkswagen Eos 2.0T, Volkswagen Eos 3.2L

What's New

The 2007 Volkswagen Eos starts new this year.

Exterior

The 2007 Volkswagen Eos serves as a sophisticated convertible with sporty styling and provides a shortened version of the Passat. It has what Volkswagen calls a coupe-sunroof-convertible structure, which means it has a large power sunroof built into a retractable roof. The base comes with 16-inch alloy wheels. Choosing the Eos 2.0T gives purchasers 17-inch wheels and rain-sensing wipers, along with the option of adding the Sport Package that gives buyers a sport-tuned suspension and 17-inch wheels. The Technology Package for the 3.2L also adds bi-xenon headlights.

Interior

While it classifies as a four-seat car, the back seat feels a little cramped for adults, but perfectly adequate for children. The interior feels comfortable and uses quality materials, although it offers little in the way of storage space. With the top up it offers 9.3 cubic feet of storage space in the trunk, although with the top down this falls to just 5.4 cubic feet.

The 2007 Eos seems reasonably well-equipped with a telescopic steering wheel, air-conditioning, a CD stereo with an MP3 player input jack, leatherette upholstery, and power windows. Volkswagen offers no options available for the base. Choosing the 2007 Volkswagen Eos 2.0T gives purchasers a power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a trip computer, and front-seat heaters.

The Eos 3.2L comes with wood interior accents, a power passenger seat, leather upholstery, satellite radio, an in-dash CD changer, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Other options available for the Eos include a 10-speaker sound system, an Apple iPod integration kit, and a navigation system. Front and rear parking sensors come with the Technology Package for the 3.2L and otherwise remain optional.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Volkswagen Eos comes in a choice of two engines: the 2.0-liter, turbo-charged four-cylinder that produces 200 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque or the 3.2-liter V-6 that produces 250 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. The base and 2.0T use the six-speed manual transmission, while a Direct Shift Gearbox transmission comes standard with the 3.2-liter engine and remains optional for the base and 2.0T. The V-6 option seems quite pricey, and the turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine gives reasonable acceleration for the Eos.

Much of the enjoyment of owning an Eos lies in driving with the top-down rather than driving spectacularly fast. The suspension falls a little on the soft side, even on models with the Sport Package. It doesn’t suit driving enthusiasts, but it makes a great convertible for having fun. Buyers get a very well-designed touring convertible with responsive steering and capable handling.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2007 Volkswagen Eos include anti-lock disc brakes, side airbags, and stability control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Eos: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Eos 2.0T: 20/28 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Eos 3.2L: 19/27 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Retractable hardtop with integrated glass sunroof
  • Eye-catching style
  • High-quality finish

You Won't Like

  • Price
  • Lack of space in the back seat

Sum Up

An affordable convertible with lots of luxury touches.

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