Robert Barry spent a wet and windy week in the newly facelifted Volkswagen Eos.
The law of Murphy dictates that whenever I get to drive a convertible of any type the weather will turn nasty and most of the test period will be spent with the top up.
Unfortunately that’s exactly what happened when the new VW Eos arrived at the beginning of December, the rains arrived and most of the test period was spent with the folding top up rather than down. However the Eos has a tilt and slide glass sunroof function and this allowed some partial open air motoring without the risk of being caught short in a downpour.
It’s a shame really, because the Eos is quite fun to drive once the fully automatic roof has folded itself down and hidden away in the boot. With the windows up, buffeting inside the cabin of the Eos (up to 80km/h) is minimal, particularly when the wind block device at the top of the windscreen rail is clicked open manually.
Over 80km/h things in the cabin start getting a bit unruly and this is not a car you would drive up and down the motorway at speed too often for too long, and certainly not without a hat and coat on or you may have to turn the heated seats on.
There is some scuttle shake and top-down you can feel the body flexing a little while on the move, but it was certainly no worse than some other convertibles I have driven
The 2-litre turbocharged engine which it shares with the VW Golf GTI has a pleasing exhaust note as you accelerate, and the 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission seems to have improved its low speed manners. The gearbox seems to be a lot smoother when accelerating away from standstill and less prone to indecisive shifting.
Unlike the GTI, the Eos is designed for comfort rather than speed, particularly around a corner as the body roll is quite pronounced when pressing on. This car is more suited to cruising metropolitan cafes than having a thrash around your favourite back country road.
Body type 2-door convertible
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Friday, 30 March 2012