When it comes to convertibles the Eos has always been a distinctive car for the market, offering a hard top coupe to a stylish convertible in just 25 seconds. As many of you know the Eos won Top Gayer's Car of the Year 07 and I still stick to it and testing the 1.4l petrol has only reinforced my high regard for this truly beautiful creation.
When it comes to style, the Eos definitely has it, you could argue that a lot of new cars, including the new Scirocco, are a bit more edgy and odd looking, but there is a class to VW's styling that shouts classic, that giant chrome grill with the rounded headlights surrounding it, the sleek hood pinching in at the waist and the pert bottom, with its LED lights winking as it pulls into the outside lane to jet off, with a blip of that fantastic 1.4 engine. Truly a celebrity of the car world, the Eos is as handsome as Mark Wahlberg with all the reliability of Mark Foster getting his kit off on TV.
Moving on from looks and aesthetics, what about the handling? Often or not convertibles are a little here and there when it comes to throwing it round some swooping country lanes or flying between mountainous rolling hills, this is because the extra weight of the hood in the boot changes how active the back end can be. But it seems that Volkswagen are perfectionists and have thought of it all, there is no doubting that this convertible is planted and clings to the road effortlessly, making driving this car more pleasurable than a night in with Chad Michael Murray.
I'm at a little bit of an advantage having tested the Eos in most of the engines available, and I must say comparing this to the 3.2 V6 would be unfair, but a very impressive 158bhp from a 1.4 just goes to show how suited the entry level Eos fits perfectly into the whole ethos of driving an Eos. Comparing it to other mid sized convertibles, the Eos definitely has the looks, but what puts this bundle of fun above the rest is that all important TSI engine that we all know and love from the Golf.
Fitted with a pretty nice basic interior as standard, the Eos has an array of optional extras, including sat nav, leather in a spectrum from black to luxurious deep red, bi-xenon headlights, steering wheel mounted controls, 7 more colours, right down to the 18" rims. You could have an absolute field day configuring your very own Eos, however this may come at quite a price, starting at a rather sexy £19,030 right through to a staggering £34,428 for the top of the range with all the trimmings.
Volkswagen had a tough icon to follow the Golf Cabriolet and they have certainly done well to create another icon, boasting class, sophistication and a touch of fun.