The Volkswagen Eos feels in a different league from its obvious hatch-derived rivals. A cohesive, stylish design, a bespoke interior, a well-engineered roof and superior on-road talents made it the most complete and desirable CC back in 2006, even embarrassing some more expensive rivals.
And not much has changed since. If you simply want the open-top experience there are cheaper alternatives, but if you value quality and the perceived security of a solid roof, the Eos would be an excellent choice.
So often, convertible conversions of ordinary family hatchbacks end up as lesser cars, with compromised dynamics, performance and usability. Thanks to VW’s habitual attention-to-detail however, the Eos has always seemed more than the sum of its relatively humble parts.