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This is the first spring that American car shoppers have found Volkswagen’s enticing and new-for-2007 Eos convertible in showrooms.
Perfect for sunny days, the four-seat Eos is a pleasantly styled, lowest-priced convertible from a German brand. It’s also VW’s first convertible with a hardtop rather than a fabric roof.
Better yet, integrated into the Eos’ hardtop is a fully functional sunroof, so an Eos driver can see and feel the sun overhead even if the sunroof isn’t open all the way on fickle, not-so-warm spring days, for example.
Best of all, the Eos comes standard with lots of safety equipment, including electronic stability control, rollover bars useful in crashes when the car might overturn with the top down, and side air bags that activate to provide protection for both head and thorax in side crashes.
Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $28,750 for a base, 2007 Eos with manual transmission and 200-horsepower, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine.
Despite the complexity of hardtop roofs, many consumers are bound to appreciate the security they afford for foiling so-called slash-and-grab thefts and for imparting better vehicle crashworthiness.
Many shoppers also view hardtop convertibles as more practical year-round cars than are convertibles with fabric roofs, even if the roofs have many layers of fabric that try to keep out noise and hold in warm air from car heaters.
The Eos roof is a steel structure with five panels, including the glass sunroof, that separate and stack in a sophisticated manner at the push of a button on the center console.
In fact, the 25-second process to lower the roof, operated by hydraulics, is impressive to watch as the trunk lid first opens in clamshell fashion, the panels stack and then lower into the back of the car.
Even with the Eos roof down, there’s still 6.6 cubic feet of space left in the trunk. When the top is up, the Eos trunk has a commendable 10.5 cubic feet of space.
But beware how quickly Eos prices can get up over the relatively affordable starting price.
An automatic transmission isn’t available on the base Eos. So buyers must move up to the Eos 2.0T with automatic, which starts at $31,825 and was the test car.
Buyers who want leather seats or satellite radio must select a pricey option package adding at least another $3,490 to the car.
To be sure, the test Eos 2.0T looked and felt good. Sized just right for easy parking and maneuvering, it wasn’t so small that the back seat was unusable.
The turbocharged four cylinder in the Eos tester gave a peppy ride, with strong get-up-and-go coming on after just a very slight lag.
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