MPG-o-Matic Volkswagen EOS Review Summary: The VW EOS is a sporty four-seat convertible that competes most closely with the Audi A4 Cabriolet and BMW 3-series convertibles. The EOS slots in beneath the least expensive Mercedes and above the domestic competition.
Under the hood, the 2008 EOS is fitted with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder direct injection engine producing 200 horsepower and 207 foot pounds of torque.
While a 250 HP V6 is available, we found the turbo four to be a snarling little beast.
The EPA gas mileage estimates for the 2008 VW EOS are 21 city / 29 highway miles per gallon (MPG) when equipped with the turbocharged four cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission.
We exceeded the highway estimate, achieving 31.3 MPG on the highway, with the top up and the air conditioning cranked, on a day when the temperature reached 100 degrees. In combined testing, the EOS delivered 25.4 MPG
Truth be told, it’s tough to resist the temptations of the topless VeeDub’s turbo.
This is a car that begs to be driven swiftly. The front wheel drive EOS performs like the world class German automobile that it is.
You’ll achieve the best fuel efficiency results with the EOS when you make use of the real-time digital MPG readout (which is optimally located between the speedometer and tachometer). Steering wheel controls allow you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes forward as you cycle between the information center’s displays.
Our test unit was loaded up with the Sport package, the premium audio system, and navigation system with iPod adaptor.
iPod integration is a bit of a mixed bag. While the center console conceals a cradle, avoiding the need for a USB cable, it can be tricky to fit with smaller iPods and the software shows room for improvement. You can choose from six playlists via the navigation system. Track and playlist names are not displayed.
Nevertheless, the premium audio system does a fine job of delivering the music, whether the top is up or down.
The Navigation system’s split screen setup is well thought out, as it displays the next turn instructions in the information center between the speedo and tach.
In a package full of wonderful touches, it’s the convertible hard top that steals the show. Friends, neighbors, and passers by will gape in awe at the Batmobile-esque transformation that occurs when raising or lowering the top. Just don’t attempt it at a stoplight lest you invoke the ire of everyone behind you when the light turns green and you’re sitting there with the top midway.
Our week with the EOS was a happy blur. The car was a hit with everyone that saw it and few had seen one before. The ranks of EOS owners enjoy excellent performance along with solid gas mileage figures … and until the word gets out, an exotic air of exclusivity.
- by Daniel Gray
June 23rd, 2008
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