Written by: Tim Marsh
When the marketing tagline is “drive three cars at once”, you have to be charmed. Well, that’s how we felt when we started the research for the all-new 2013 VW Eos review. Read on as we check out the VW Eos price and specs.
VW sure do like to keep things simple. This time they’ve offered up the new Eos in just two flavours: diesel or petrol.
Exterior and Style
Straight away we understand why VW believes the Eos allows you to drive three cars at once. It has elements of both the Golf and
Jetta, as well as some of the older Passat, which makes for a really unique vehicle.
In saying that though, it really hasn’t changed all that much from the initial 2007 launch model, especially in style, which begs the question of whether the styling will remain attractive in the competitive convertible market.
The cloth roof has been given the toss. It’s also received the new ‘Volkswagen family face’, which includes the chrome radiator grille and low mounted air intake highlights, as well as some extra chrome strips, and shiny new 17” inch wheels.
Interior and Comfort
There’s good news for Volkswagen Eos lovers, as the 2013 model is now offered with Bluetooth and an in-car entertainment system as standard.
However, in a bit of a negative, it appears that VW hasn’t fixed the wind deflection issue, so it can get a little breezy with the top down at high speeds. The back seat, while it is comfy, is also probably best suited to children and those on the shorter side.
Under the Bonnet
One of the latest changes for the VW Eos is that it now only comes in a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with either a six-speed manual transmission or a (optional) six-speed automatic DSG transmission.
On the Road
The new 2.0L engine has made the Volkswagen EOS less thirsty than the previous V6 engine, which is always a bonus. As always, it’s very nicely balanced, and seems to take notes from the sportier GTi in handling and ride comfort.
Active and passive safety systems including traction control, braking control, airbags and spring-loaded roll bars take care of the
safety for the Eos to ensure that it receives a four star ANCAP safety rating this time around.
Value for Money
The VW EOS price starts at a respectable $49,990 plus on roads for the diesel, and $51,990 plus on roads for the petrol. This price has remained the same for several years now, despite the new additions.
Up against the Eos in the convertible market are the Audi A3 Convertible, the Volvo C70 and the Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet.
The Megane is the cheapest of the bunch, coming in at a starting price of $36,990. While the VW is definitively classier, the Megane does boast some pretty cool features, like a glass deflector that is said to reduce noise.
The A3 starts at $52,150, while the Volvo C70 is the most expensive at $61,990. In our opinion, the VW holds its own against both of
the luxury competitors, and for less too.
Things are looking pretty good in this 2013 VW Eos review. We think the Volkswagen Eos is a formidable competitor, and while
we would have liked to see some further standard styling changes, it’s still a very attractive and well-made car.
On a final note, there are whispers that the latest generation Eos will be the final VW offers, so if the 2013 VW Eos appeals to you, make sure you get in quick.
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