2010 Volkswagen Eos Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
January 4, 2010

The 2010 Volkswagen Eos is a striking convertible that offers a lot of standard equipment, plus four-season practicality.

TheCarConnection.com has read through a wide range of reviews from around the Web and handpicked highlights for a full review. The editors of TheCarConnection.com have also driven the 2010 Volkswagen Eos and sum up their driving impressions and comparisons to rival models in this Bottom Line.

The 2010 Volkswagen Eos is a folding hardtop convertible that seats four and is perfect for cruising the cafe strip. Like most convertibles, the Eos is more enjoyable with the top down, but it's better than most when the weather turns cold and damp.

Styling is one of the low points for the 2010 Eos, which derives its name from the Greek goddess of the dawn. The model doesn't strike out in any new directions for VW and can look a little ungainly from some angles, especially the way its proportions fit together with the top up. However, its interior feels a step above most other Volkswagen models, with a streamlined look and upgraded materials.

For 2010, Volkswagen reduces the Eos’ available trim levels to two options: Komfort and Lux. Also, all 2010 Volkswagen Eos convertibles come with the same engine: a 2.0-liter, 200-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder with plenty of torque across the rev-range, strong thrust, and a brisk 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds. This fuel-efficient mill can be matched with a choice of a six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission, the latter having the ability to be shifted like a manual without the clutch pedal. One of the Eos' best attributes is its handling, which is relaxed enough so that you can enjoy the convertible experience but still firm enough to power through tricky corners. Taking fuel economy into consideration, the Eos is impressive at 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

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When compared to other hardtop convertibles such as the Volvo C70 and Chrysler Sebring, the cargo area is a larger 6.6 cubic feet with the top stowed, which is impressive though hardly outstanding. In less than 25 seconds, a total of eight electric motors work in conjunction to unlatch the roof from the windshield header and flip and fold it under the metal trunk lid. The convertible roof also has a setting that opens the front section only like a sunroof.

Safety is a strong card for the Eos, which boasts as standard traction control, head/thorax airbags for front seat passengers, and a pop-up roll bar located behind the rear seats. The 2010 Volkswagen Eos also gets a rating of "good" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for front and for side impacts.

The 2010 Volkswagen Eos has been slightly updated for the latest model year, with new chrome accents for the Lux model, which also offers optional 18-inch wheels and a sport suspension. Standard on all models are Bluetooth connectivity and a touchscreen interface for the stereo, as well as a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and instrument cluster. Also, iPod connectivity is a stand-alone option, and lastly, Volkswagen removes three color options and adds one: white gold.

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