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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Clean, sporty look
Curvier, more coupe-like profile than most convertibles
Attractive but understated styling
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The 2008 Volkswagen Eos is a four-seat, folding-hardtop convertible named for the Greek goddess of dawn. The name goes further than the shape. While it’s well-detailed and nicely executed, the Eos--Volkswagen’s most expensive convertible--is pretty ordinary-looking.
Cars.com likes the “clean, sporty look” of the Eos; Volkswagen gets nods from Kelley Blue Book for its “attractive but understated styling.” Forbes Autos appreciates that the 2008 Eos "comes with a less-intrusive windshield pillar design that makes front-seat entry and exiting easier than in the typical ragtop,” and praises its “curvier, more coupe-like profile than most convertibles.” Automobile magazine calls it “high style” and says it “makes every girl a starlet, the centerpiece of her own fashion layout in Lucky.” Still, the editors of TheCarConnection.com point to the Pontiac G6 Convertible, which looks far more distinctive in the hardtop-convertible class, when grading the Eos’s shape.
The 2008 Volkswagen Eos is handsomely designed inside, though. ConsumerGuide lauds the "clear gauges [that] complement mostly handy, intuitive controls." The controls are placed well, and there’s a combination of lines and textures that Volkswagen seems to have mastered long ago, while other car companies still try to match it.
Convertibles, by nature, have a split personality when it comes to styling. Their character can change dramatically whether the top is up or down. The 2008 Volkswagen Eos avoids some of this by using a hardtop convertible roof instead of the typical cloth number. The designers at Volkswagen have imbued the Eos with clean exterior styling in both top-up or top-down configurations, something that can’t be said of most soft-top convertibles, nor many hardtops, either.
The 2008 Volkswagen Eos pushes all the right aesthetic buttons, but it’s not overly daring.