Volkswagen Eos cabriolet

Volkswagen Eos cabriolet

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Surprisingly practical cabin
  • Innovative roof design
  • Powerful engines
  • Relatively expensive to buy
  • Small boot compared to rivals
  • Weight of roof affects handling

"The VW Eos remains an engaging drive and has the style buyers want from a coupe-cabriolet. However, while its metal folding roof is clever, it’s complicated too, increasing an already high purchase price."

The stylish Eos is one the best-looking coupe-cabriolets in its class and a redesign inspired by the latest Volkswagen Golf has made it even more stylish. The refresh back in 2011 consisted of updates to the front and rear styling, including the introduction of Volkswagen's ‘family face’ to the front end, incorporating a four-bar chrome grille and neater headlights. The styling updates can't hide the fact that the boot still looks slightly out of proportion, in order to accommodate the car's folding roof.

Despite the new look, the Eos is still every bit as well built as before and still has the complex five-piece folding roof which effectively makes it two cars in one: a stylish hardtop when the weather is bad and a spacious convertible when the sun shines.

There's a choice of three engines, including two powerful turbocharged petrol models and an eco-friendly BlueMotion diesel. Although this is a slightly limited engine line-up compared to some VWs, all three engines are strong performers.

The Eos provides a balance of good ride comfort, sporty handling and impressive refinement. Two trim levels are available and there's a generous amount of kit offered with both. Entry-level Sport models feature air-conditioning, electric windows and rear parking sensors. Go for a top-spec model and you get heated leather seats and climate control as standard.

The cabin feels bulletproof and the quality of the materials used is excellent. There's room in the back seat for two adults and buffeting from the wind isn’t too intrusive with the roof down.

If you intend to use your Eos for short trips and town journeys, then the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine is our recommendation. It provides plenty of power without the poorer economy of the larger 2.0-litre petrol. If you’re likely to take the car on longer trips and use it for a lot of motorway cruising, then the 2.0-litre diesel is the best blend of performance and economy.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3 / 5

Volkswagen Eos with BlueMotion diesel engine is reasonably cheap to run

Engines, drive & performance

3.5 / 5

The Volkswagen Eos boasts a strong engine lineup and decent handling, but ultimately it's hampered by weight of its roof

Interior & comfort

3.6 / 5

The metal roof on the Volkswagen Eos makes for quiet motorway driving and all-weather practicality

Practicality & boot space

2.5 / 5

The Volkswagen Eos offers plenty of space up front but boot is small

Reliability & safety

3.6 / 5

The build quality of the Volkswagen Eos is particularly impressive

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
"Smart-looking, great-driving cabrio with top-drawer refinement and build. Expensive, but well worth it."
4 / 5
Following its refresh in 2011, the Volkswagen Eos received updates to the front and rear styling, including introducing Volkswagen's family face to the front end. It now gets a four-bar chrome grille and neater headlights. The styling updates can't hide the fact that the boot looks slightly out of proportion though – mainly to accomodate the folding roof. 
Dull steering, plenty of body roll and ESP that cuts in early to reign in any exuberant cornering efforts rule this out as a satisfying car to drive quickly. However, it is softly sprung and so rides well, and even with the roof down there's hardly any buffeting from the wind, both of which are equally as worthy attributes in this market.
What owners say 
2.7 /5 based on 4 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
29 Jan 2015
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