Friday, January 8, 2016

Born in Portugal: 2009 Volkswagen Eos

Have you driven by a car and had a double take because you didn't remember they still made them?  The Volkswagen Eos is one of those cars -- in fact, I saw one in a parking lot the other day and had to do a search to see if they still sold them new -- and found out that they will stop production in 2016, but have been cranking out a few per month from a factory in Portugal since 2006. Time to take a closer look.  Find this 2009 Volkswagen Eos Komfort offered for $6995 in Manassas, VA via autotrader.

Before you get those pitchforks too sharp and hot, I'd like to point out that the Eos is one of the only folding hardtop convertibles that combines an acceptably  big back seat with a 6 speed manual gearbox and a turbocharged direct injection engine.  It isn't exactly a Miata when it comes to the turns, but being based on VW's A5 platform means it shares some DNA with the GTI and Audi TT...even if it was marketed to hairdressers and cat ones too, because these things hit the mid $30k in MSRP when new.

The outside styling on the Eos isn't exactly an eggbeater to your loins, but where the Eos does shine is in interior quality/style/function.  The VW/Audi interiors from this generation are very well laid out, and wear better than anything side of MBTex from the 80s.  Power comes from VW's 2.0T, a 2.0 liter inline-4 that featured a insy-weensy turbocharger and direct injection to produce 200 horsepower and 210 ft-lbs of off-idle torque.  You are just a chip away from 250 horsepower 300 ft-lbs of torque.  Throw the biggest anti-roll bar you can find out back and go to town.

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  1. These came with a manual? They sure did a good job of keeping that secret...

  2. The manual is the only way to go. My dad had one of these with the DCT and it was a horror show. Rode the dual clutches like someone learning to drive stick in the hills.

  3. The Eos...all the $ but none of the quirk, class or cache of the Cabriolet. My mother had a '96 Cab and didn't even consider the Eos after trying it; it just didn't look or feel special in any way. These struck me the same way the Chrysler Sebring (and now 200) did, interior quality notwithstanding obviously; as if the company ethos could be summed up thusly: This'll do.

    I think the claim to fame for the Eos was it had the lowest MSRP of any factory retractable hardtop at the time, IIRC.

  4. I think in Europe there were more competitors in the Eos space, Peugeots, Vauxhalls/Opels, etc.

    They were all butt-ugly.

    In the US, nearly as I can figure, the only people who bought the Eos were well-off families who needed a car for their daughter but thought the Miata was too exotic.

  5. I was dating a girl that had a manual Audi TT with tons of problems. She wanted to buy one of these to replace it because she swore VWs were reliable...We broke up shorty after.

    1. You two needed a Miata, you'd be married with three kids today.

  6. I love my 6 speed Eos. It gets as much attention as my Pininfarina Spider and it has a back seat.


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