2008 Volkswagen Eos Review
The 2008 Volkswagen Eos is a solid all-around performer that doesn't excel at anything. It offers one of the least expensive retractable hardtops available, and good fuel economy for an affordable convertible. However, serious questions about the reliability of Volkswagen products mean buyers should consider alternatives before settling on an Eos.
The 2008 Volkswagen Eos, according to most reviewers, is a good-looking, practical car with the added appeal and versatility of a retractable hardtop. "The Eos is the model of what every convertible should be," says Automobile Magazine. "It's a useful, well-engineered automobile, so it makes fashion practical as well as fun." The Eos' innovative optional automatic transmission, stylish lines, and reassuring array of safety features impress many reviewers. Volkswagen has been plagued by quality problems for several years, however, and the Eos is a mechanically complex car. Many reviewers make a point of saying that there are a lot of ways for something to go wrong with this car.
The Eos' fuel-efficiency rating, however, is an excellent reason to take a good look at the car. With gas prices rising to record highs in 2008, the Eos has been selling well despite an overall drop in consumer interest in convertibles.
The Eos, for 2008, comes in four different trim levels. All Eos models, except for the top trim level, are powered by a turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine putting out 200 horsepower. The VR6 edition uses a more powerful 3.2-liter V6 making 250 horsepower. While the larger engine does offer more zip, it adds so much to the price that many publications recommend against buying it. Options and upgrades can quickly inflate the sticker price, but the base-model Eos offers enough features to satisfy most reviewers.
- "The Eos is probably one of the smartest choices for any prospective retractable-hardtop buyer." -- Road and Track
- "If you're looking for a speedy, versatile sporty car that won't break the bank, the new Eos should be at the top of your shopping list. With the smaller of the two available engines, it's relatively low-priced but still extremely quick." -- BusinessWeek
- "There are plenty of…trade-offs in the Eos. As with most convertibles, there's a premium on space, both in the 'back seat,' which is really suitable only for kids, and in the trunk, which is largely given over to stowing the roof. While its performance is perky, don't be fooled -- the Eos is a lamb compared with the ferocious GTI, and even the economical Rabbit feels tighter on curves." -- U.S. News
- "Most buyers will have no performance complaints," but, "As a runabout for the passionate driver, we'll give the Eos only a 'fair.'" -- Car and Driver
- "For those who feel they've outgrown their cute New Beetle convertibles, the Eos is just the tanning machine you've been waiting for--and can now afford." -- Motor Trend
- "Volkswagen has a "dodgy reputation for quality and reliability in recent years, particularly for its new models." -- New York Times