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Review: 2012 VW Eos

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Labor Day weekend is a bittersweet holiday for me. Oh sure, I appreciate the day off, but it also marks the unofficial end of summer. With our own private beach just down the street, Friday night cookouts with our neighbors, watching our children play while us adults looked on with our favorite beverages in hand, Labor Day weekend was a reminder that all this was coming to an end. With that in mind, I wanted to give summer a last hurrah, and it just so happened that the just restyled 2012 VW Eos was available for me. One long weekend in an Eos was just what I needed to get me out of the end of summer doldrums.

The Eos has been around since 2006, and here in North America, was considered the nest generation of the Cabrio. While a Golf Cabrio has been reintroduced in Europe, VW North America feels the Eos, and Beetle Convertible are more than enough to meet demand for drop top VW convertibles. For some reason, as far as retractable hardtops go, the Eos is a largely a forgotten car. Yes it’s a bit smaller, and may not hold the prestige of a Volvo C70, the only other European front-wheel drive retractable hardtop in its class, but the Eos is a car that can stand on its own.

Yes, the styling is subdued, and a bit on the conservative side-people used the youthfulness of past Cabrios might be a little put off by the maturity of the Eos, but again, that’s what the Beetle ragtop if for. This is clearly a car for a more sophisticated crowd who wants the ability to go topless in seconds, but offers year round, coupe like serenity. Our test car was finished in a subdued, but rich looking Black Oak Brown Metallic exterior. Compact and classy, with gorgeous 18″ alloys, the Eos was a pleasure to behold, but what impressed me most was the view from the rear. Most retractable hardtops have serious ‘baby got back’ styling, because that huge hardtop has to fold up somewhere. Maybe due to its smaller size, the Eos  does not suffer from the same problem here.

As far as interiors go, the company from Wolfsburg has embarked on two different paths-cheap, and luxury. I am thrilled to report the Eos maintains and continues what has earned Volkswagen a sterling reputation for constructing exceptionally well built, high quality cabins. People unfamiliar with the Eos were shocked to see this leather lined, burr walnut trimmed interior was a Volkswagen when I was approached to find out what I was driving. The Eos continues to be at the pinnacle of VW interior design and elegance. The seats were comfortable, gauges clear and simple, fit and finish bar none.

So, on our last hurrah for the summer, we lowered the roof, and headed for Gillette Castle, home of actor William Gillette, who was famous for playing the role of Sherlock Holmes. Since the Eos’ Navigation only sought to provide us the quickest route to our desination (Toyota/Lexus and Honda cars with Nav feature an alternative route), we sought the back roads of Middlesex County for our ride, so out our old road atlas came. Instead of boring interstate, we were all treated to a lush country drive, and really didn’t lose much time from being off the highway.

The Eos sports one sole drivetrain, the well-known 2.0L 200hp four mated to a six-speed DSG automated manual. This is the same engine we’ve reviewed in the GTI, Passat CC and Audi A3, and as always provided plenty of power. The Eos makes no intention of being a drop-top GTI, and the absence of paddle shifters makes this clear. The Eos is all about enjoying the ride. Even so, the Eos made for one particularly enjoyable car for fun, top-down motoring, even when the road got twisty. Sadly, our hopes of using the Chester-Hadlyme ferry were dashed, as the Connecticut River was still unusable, even a week after Tropical Storm Irene. Forced to take the long way around to the Castle, it was clear with scores of utility workers on the roads, there was much work to be done to restore the area’s power. Still, we were treated to a roadside farm stand and cheese monger we otherwise would not have come across.

Our day trip concluded at the famous Griswold Inn, in Essex, CT. For those not familiar with ‘The Gris’, it is the oldest continuously operating tavern in the US since 1776, and one of the oldest inns in the country. Steeped in history, I was thrilled to have obtained a parking spot right in front, which is where all the pics of the Eos were taken. After enjoying a cold drink on the outdoor patio, taking in the live music inside the tavern, it was time to head home. Seeking to avoid the interstate, we hugged the coastal shore of Connecticut, taking in its beauty but always reminded of the damage Irene left behind in its wake.

The Eos is available in three trim levels, and our test car was the top-spec Executive model. The Eos is the only hardtop convertible with a built-in sunroof, a neat feature. Standard features included power driver and passenger seats, leather, push-button start, Dynaudio premium sound system, Sirius satellite radio, dual zone auto climate control, Bluetooth, park distance control, LED lights, navigation and wood trim. You might scoff at the as delivered MSRP of $39,990USD for a VW, but remember this:  a similarly equipped Volvo C70 or Lexus IS250C will cost thousands more, and won’t be nearly as fun to drive. Unless your intent is to just impress the neighbors, the VW Eos demands a serious look. You’ll keep more money in the bank and have more fun.

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October 5th, 2011

Review: 2012 VW Eos

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Labor Day weekend is a bittersweet holiday for me. Oh sure, I appreciate the day off, but it also marks the unofficial end of summer. With our own private beach just down the street, Friday night cookouts with our neighbors, watching our children play while us adults looked on with our favorite beverages in hand, Labor Day weekend was a reminder that all this was coming to an end. With that in mind, I wanted to give summer a last hurrah, and it just so happened that the just restyled 2012 VW Eos was available for me. One long weekend in an Eos was just what I needed to get me out of the end of summer doldrums.

The Eos has been around since 2006, and here in North America, was considered the nest generation of the Cabrio. While a Golf Cabrio has been reintroduced in Europe, VW North America feels the Eos, and Beetle Convertible are more than enough to meet demand for drop top VW convertibles. For some reason, as far as retractable hardtops go, the Eos is a largely a forgotten car. Yes it’s a bit smaller, and may not hold the prestige of a Volvo C70, the only other European front-wheel drive retractable hardtop in its class, but the Eos is a car that can stand on its own.

Yes, the styling is subdued, and a bit on the conservative side-people used the youthfulness of past Cabrios might be a little put off by the maturity of the Eos, but again, that’s what the Beetle ragtop if for. This is clearly a car for a more sophisticated crowd who wants the ability to go topless in seconds, but offers year round, coupe like serenity. Our test car was finished in a subdued, but rich looking Black Oak Brown Metallic exterior. Compact and classy, with gorgeous 18″ alloys, the Eos was a pleasure to behold, but what impressed me most was the view from the rear. Most retractable hardtops have serious ‘baby got back’ styling, because that huge hardtop has to fold up somewhere. Maybe due to its smaller size, the Eos  does not suffer from the same problem here.

As far as interiors go, the company from Wolfsburg has embarked on two different paths-cheap, and luxury. I am thrilled to report the Eos maintains and continues what has earned Volkswagen a sterling reputation for constructing exceptionally well built, high quality cabins. People unfamiliar with the Eos were shocked to see this leather lined, burr walnut trimmed interior was a Volkswagen when I was approached to find out what I was driving. The Eos continues to be at the pinnacle of VW interior design and elegance. The seats were comfortable, gauges clear and simple, fit and finish bar none.

So, on our last hurrah for the summer, we lowered the roof, and headed for Gillette Castle, home of actor William Gillette, who was famous for playing the role of Sherlock Holmes. Since the Eos’ Navigation only sought to provide us the quickest route to our desination (Toyota/Lexus and Honda cars with Nav feature an alternative route), we sought the back roads of Middlesex County for our ride, so out our old road atlas came. Instead of boring interstate, we were all treated to a lush country drive, and really didn’t lose much time from being off the highway.

The Eos sports one sole drivetrain, the well-known 2.0L 200hp four mated to a six-speed DSG automated manual. This is the same engine we’ve reviewed in the GTI, Passat CC and Audi A3, and as always provided plenty of power. The Eos makes no intention of being a drop-top GTI, and the absence of paddle shifters makes this clear. The Eos is all about enjoying the ride. Even so, the Eos made for one particularly enjoyable car for fun, top-down motoring, even when the road got twisty. Sadly, our hopes of using the Chester-Hadlyme ferry were dashed, as the Connecticut River was still unusable, even a week after Tropical Storm Irene. Forced to take the long way around to the Castle, it was clear with scores of utility workers on the roads, there was much work to be done to restore the area’s power. Still, we were treated to a roadside farm stand and cheese monger we otherwise would not have come across.

Our day trip concluded at the famous Griswold Inn, in Essex, CT. For those not familiar with ‘The Gris’, it is the oldest continuously operating tavern in the US since 1776, and one of the oldest inns in the country. Steeped in history, I was thrilled to have obtained a parking spot right in front, which is where all the pics of the Eos were taken. After enjoying a cold drink on the outdoor patio, taking in the live music inside the tavern, it was time to head home. Seeking to avoid the interstate, we hugged the coastal shore of Connecticut, taking in its beauty but always reminded of the damage Irene left behind in its wake.

The Eos is available in three trim levels, and our test car was the top-spec Executive model. The Eos is the only hardtop convertible with a built-in sunroof, a neat feature. Standard features included power driver and passenger seats, leather, push-button start, Dynaudio premium sound system, Sirius satellite radio, dual zone auto climate control, Bluetooth, park distance control, LED lights, navigation and wood trim. You might scoff at the as delivered MSRP of $39,990USD for a VW, but remember this:  a similarly equipped Volvo C70 or Lexus IS250C will cost thousands more, and won’t be nearly as fun to drive. Unless your intent is to just impress the neighbors, the VW Eos demands a serious look. You’ll keep more money in the bank and have more fun.

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October 5th, 2011

Heidi Klum Eclipses 2012 Volkswagen EOS [La Auto Show]

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We’ve been told there’s a new, more Golf Cabrio-esque Volksagen EOS behind Heidi Klum and it’s been improved for 2012. We can’t verify this because our photographer mostly brought back photos of Heidi Klum. But who are we to complain? More »

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November 17th, 2010

LA 2010: Volkswagen "perfects" 2012 Eos convertible

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2012 Volkswagen Eos

2012 Volkswagen Eos – Click above for high-res image gallery

We knew this was coming. Just a few weeks ago, Volkswagen of Australia let loose a bunch of details and images of the next Eos hardtop convertible. At the time, we said we’d wait for confirmation from VW of America, but of course we knew the new model would eventually be announced for the States as it is the largest market for the German droptop, and it’s getting its official debut right here in the U.S. at the LA Auto Show.

And so here we are with all the details and two full high-res image galleries of a U.S.-spec Volkswagen Eos, which VW claims has been “perfected.” Sharp-eyed readers will notice refined front and rear fascias, which are a bit more in keeping with VW’s most recent vehicular debuts. We think it’s a pretty comprehensive improvement over the outgoing model, which always looked a bit too feminine to our eyes. We especially think the optional xenon headlamps with their 14 integrated LEDs help move the car a bit upscale.

Also as expected, VW will fit the next-gen Eos with the latest version of its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant, mated up to the well-known six-speed DSG transmission. Fuel mileage is estimated at 22 miles per gallon in the city and 31 on the highway. The interior sees a few updates as well, mostly with the addition of some new trim options and fabrics.

Expect the new Eos to hit a dealership near you sometime in March. In the meantime, feel free to click past the break for the official press release and be sure to check out the high-res image galleries below.

Live photos copyright (C)2010 Jeff Glucker / AOL

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November 17th, 2010

Report: Volkswagen bringing back Golf Cabrio in 2011

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If you’re like us, you’ve never found the Eos to be a fitting replacement for the long-running Golf-based Cabrio. Well, rejoice, Cabrio fans – it appears that Volkswagen will be bringing back the diminutive droptop sometime next year. And with the current Golf providing the groundwork, it shouldn’t be too bad of a steer out on the road.

The German automaker has announced that it plans to add 1,800 jobs to its Osnabrück factory in 2011, and part of the reason for this is to assist in production of the upcoming Golf Cabrio. The Eos convertible will continue to be sold around the world, and we’ll be seeing the refreshed version at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Production of the Golf Cabrio is expected to begin in the Spring, so we’d imagine that official information will be available within the coming months. For now, hit the jump to read Volkswagen’s (translated) press release. Thanks for the drop-top tip, Roebear!

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November 3rd, 2010

Volkswagen launches Exclusive upgrades for redesigned Eos

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Volkswagen Eos Exclusive

Volkswagen Eos Exclusive – Click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen‘s campaign to move upmarket has been unrelenting. Between the likes of the Phaeton and the CC, the German automaker is not shying away from taking on BMW and Mercedes-Benz, or even its sister-company Audi, for that matter. VW’s new Exclusive line does its part, too, upgrading existing models with some extra lux touches for those interested in a touch of added refinement.

Volkswagen Eos ExclusiveThe Touareg – another fine example of the luxurification of the People’s Car – was the most recent to get the Exclusive treatment, and now VW has turned its attention to the newly refreshed Eos. Not only has the hard-top cabrio received a facelift and an engine swap, but now the Exclusive department has upgraded it with two-tone Nappa leather offset by aluminum and piano black trim, a new steering wheel and restyled door sills. The optional sport suspension comes standard on the Exclusive model, and buyers can choose from two 18-inch wheel designs. Pricing in Europe, where the Eos has been rolled out prior to its debut in other markets, starts at €35,275 (around $50,000 based on current exchange rates, not that those figures are comparable).

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