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PERFORMANCE | 8 out of 10
power just keeps on coming
secure stopping power
smooth-shifting dual-clutch transmission
Kelley Blue Book
Convertibles don't generally perform as soundly as fixed-roof vehicles, but TheCarConnection.com finds that the 2009 Volkswagen Eos does surprisingly well, especially in terms of speed and handling.
A 200-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder is now the only engine offered on the Eos. However, reviewers think it provides admirable performance, and Cars.com finds it "responds quickly, and its power just keeps on coming." Fuel economy is strong at 21/30 mpg.
Volkswagen's "automatic can be slow to downshift in standard drive mode but is alert in its sport setting," ConsumerGuide says. Kelley Blue Book lists the "quick- and smooth-shifting dual-clutch transmission" as one of its favorite features on the 2009 Eos.
Aside from engine and speed characteristics, the 2009 Volkswagen Eos handles itself very well on the road, especially for a convertible. Edmunds reports that the 2009 VW Eos's "steering is fairly quick and its handling is capable." ForbesAutos claims that in the Eos, Volkswagen "delivers decent handling" along with "secure stopping power."
The editors at TheCarConnection.com also give an enthusiastic nod to the Eos' handling, one of its best features; it's relaxed enough so that you enjoy the convertible experience, but firm enough to charge around your favorite roads.
The 2009 Volkswagen Eos is fast, nimble, and fuel-efficient.