British customers are now able to order the 2007 Volkswagen EOS convertible coupe for as low as £19,385.
For the money, local motorists will get a car equipped with a pretty large (for a European Golf-class vehicle, of course) petrol-powered engine and a lot of standard equipment, which is normally available only as a part of a pretty expensive optional package. And, although Great Britain is certainly not the first country that comes to mind when you think about climate with dry weather, lots of sunny days and long winding roads that go along beaches covered with sand the color of gold and washed by waves the color of turquoise, the Brits can now, too, travel in style at an affordable price.
Replacing the good old VW Golf Cabriolet –the vehicle that, while extremely practical, was never an icon of style–, the new 2007 Volkswagen Eos was introduced in 2006 becoming the first Golf-class vehicle to offer a retractable hardtop roof with an independently sliding glass sunroof.
Previously reserved for the lucky owners of ultra-luxury (and ultra-expensive) cars, the feature is now available for the masses.
By the way, the roof is designed in such a way so it can become useful (and comfortable) even for the motorists living in the Northern hemisphere closer to the polar circle: even during the coldest winter nights the hardtop roof will keep the car warm, while during those rare sunny days the glass roof will act as a kind of greenhouse making the interior of the car a bit warmer and not as painful to get in.
Back to our sheep, though.
As I have already noted, the car is powered by a fairly large engine: an inline-6 3.2-liter gasoline engine that produces a maximum of 259 hp of power and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Although a diesel powerplant would be more practical (at least in terms of fuel economy), there is a good thing about the petrol motor: you will never have a problem starting the bugger even after an extremely cold night.
The standard package also includes 16-inch alloy wheels, ESP, twin front airbags, combined curtain and side impact airbags, semi-automatic air-conditioning, fog-lights, electric windows, heated adjustable door mirrors, a radio/CD player and parking sensors.
A more expensive ‘sport’ version of the VW Eos can be ordered with 17-inch light alloy wheels, sportier suspension and better sound system, tire pressure monitoring system and some fancy aluminum decor.
As usual, the Eos Convertible features the kind of utilitarian design that VW is known for.
Although it certainly doesn’t please the eye, the car’s body offers good aerodynamics and provides just enough living space for the two adults on the front seats and a couple of babies on the rear. And there is still enough volume to hide the famous five-part metal roof in its generous back-side!
These models will be delivered to UK buyers in July.
Later this year VW plans to start shipping even more expensive EOS equipped with 247bhp 3.2-litre V6 engine that will be controlled by an advanced DSG automatic transmission (probably identical to the one installed in the new Audi TT roadsters), which will be optional in the TDI (138bhp) and the only available choice for the V6.
2007 Volkswagen EOS specifications:
Body Type: 2-door coupe-convertible with metal folding roof
Layout: front engine, FWD
Engine: 250 bhp @ 6300 rpm, 236 lb ft (320 Nm) @ 2500 rpm of torque, 3.2-liter, inline-6
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Top Speed: 155 mph (250 km/h) electronically limited
0 – 62 mph: 7.0 seconds
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/WB): 172.0 / 69.8 / 56.2 / 101.5 in
Ground clearance: N/A
Track (frt/rr): N/A / n/A
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 35.8
Curb Weight: 3503 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cd): 0.32
Seating Capacity: 4 (2+2)
Cargo Volume (seats DO NOT fold): 5.4 cu. ft.
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): N/A
Direct Competitors: Infiniti G Convertible, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Pontiac Solstice, Audi TT Roadster