Inside it's a different story; its interior feels a step above most other Volkswagen models, with a streamlined look and upgraded materials. It's hardly sexy, but it's nicely detailed with just a bit of brightwork, but not too much, and a neat, simple look that's slightly more rakish than in the Golf and GTI.
Calling the 2011 Volkswagen Eos understated—at least on the outside—is an understatement. It's very, very bland, and looks styled to offend no one; unfortunately, no pulses are going to be raised as it passes by, either. You can see hints of Volkswagen's Golf-based Cabriolet from years ago, as well as hints of the sophisticated (Europe-only) Scirocco on which it's based, but the Eos can look a little ungainly from some angles, especially the way its proportions fit together with the top up. However, it's a subject of contention here, and at least one of our editors really likes the styling, calling it near and straightforward—and fitting well fith both the top up or down, which is a task.