What is it?
A class act, that’s what – it is the facelifted Volkswagen Eos. Why? Because 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.
What’s it like?
And all the more classy and desirable now that it’s been given a mid-life nip and tuck by VW. The exterior styling changes are concentrated around the head- and taillights, the grille and the front and rear bumpers. To these eyes, although they make the car look smart and more a part of the current VW model family, they do remove a little distinctiveness.
Thankfully for VW, the material and technical upgrades on the Eos are of more import. The updated car gets active cornering lights, a more expensively finished cabin with an extra smattering of matt chome trim, and some fresh seat fabrics. Keyless go is now an option, which comes with remote opening for the folding roof, as is ‘park pilot’ automatic parallel parking.
And under the bonnet there have been changes too. The Eos V6 has been dropped, and the 2.0-litre petrol and turbodiesel versions have been augmented with the offer of optional DSG gearboxes.