The Eos is a younger addition to the Volkswagen (VW) family, having just been introduced in 2007. This compact hardtop convertible provides a pleasing combination of casual fun and luxury performance. Built on a shorter version of the VW Passat platform, the Eos provides more luxury and refinement than other options in its price range. The Eos’s hardtop design offers great appeal, providing all the security, and comfort of a closed coupe along with all the fun of an open-air drive. A built-in power sunroof also offers a nice middle ground between top-down and top-up.
Even with its sporty appearance, the 2008 Eos is not designed for serious athletic performance. This machine is engineered primarily for relaxed back-road cruising. The combination of a hard top with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine creates a winning team that gives the Eos an edge over many of its convertible competitors.
Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 3.2-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Turbo, Komfort, Lux, VR6
Just introduced a year earlier to the VW lineup, the Eos enjoys a number of refinements in 2008. The trim levels have been revised, with standard offerings and options being rearranged. The former base trim is now the Turbo, while the Komfort replaces the old 2.0T. The new VR6 takes the place of the former 3.2L. Most notable is the introduction of the new Lux trim, which brings the luxury features of the VR6 into the four-cylinder model.
The 2008 VW Eos boasts a short, simple, but fun profile, giving it a more youthful and accessible feel than some other luxury convertibles. Standard exterior offerings on the base Turbo and Komfort models include 16-inch alloy wheels, a wind blocker, foglights, a front air dam, heated mirrors, and a rear window defogger. The Lux trim adds on automatic headlights and an electrochromic mirror. The VR6 offers all the same features as the Lux, while also adding 18-inch wheels and electrochromic exterior mirrors.
The biggest selling point for the 2008 Volkswagen Eos is its retractable hardtop with the built-in power sunroof. This unique combination of features allows consumers to get just the right level of sun and air into the cabin during any type of weather. The power-retractable hardtop lowers completely in just 25 seconds for a full open-air experience. The Eos’s interior weathers the open air well, with top-of-the-line materials used throughout. The cabin is comfortable and spacious enough for the car’s size, although cargo space is limited when the top is lowered.
Standard interior features for the base Turbo include leatherette upholstery, air-conditioning, a CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack, and a leather steering wheel and shift knob. The Komfort model also offers a power driver seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, more cabin lighting, and a trip computer. The new Lux trim and the VR6 both provide leather seating, a power passenger seat, and an upgraded audio system with satellite radio, while the VR6 also adds aluminum accents and sport seats.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 VW Eos houses a turbocharged, two-liter, inline four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded VR6 is powered by a 3.2-liter V-6, pulling 250 hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. Six-speed manual transmission is standard on the Turbo and Komfort trims with a six-speed automated clutch also available.
The Eos is not the most athletic car on the road, but it does offer quick steering and reliable handling that makes it a pleasure to drive. This fun convertible is designed primarily for casual cruising, with a smooth, comfortable ride quality. The base turbo-four engine provides plenty of power for most drivers, but those who like a sportier experience will want to consider springing for the pricier V-6.
Standard safety equipment for all Eos models includes anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, and front side airbags with head and torso protection. Vehicle anti-theft, child safety locks, remote locking, and a trunk anti-trap device are also included on every Eos. The IIHS has given the 2008 Eos its highest rating of ""good"" for both frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkswagen Eos Turbo: 21/30 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Eos Komfort: 21/30 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Eos Lux: 21/30 mpg city/highway
Volkswagen Eos VR6: 19/26 mpg city/highway
- Hardtop with glass sunroof
- Handsome design
- High-quality interior
- Powerful engine
You Won't Like
- Expensive V-6
- Tight backseat
- Handling isn’t very athletic
Offers all the benefits of a hardtop convertible and a classic coupe in one fun, powerful package.
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