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in 2009 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,611 - $14,386
Original MSRP: $31,615 - $35,200
MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy
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2009 Volkswagen Eos Performance

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The 2009 Volkswagen Eos is a stable, practical car to drive. It is not engineered for high-performance driving, but reviewers find its turbocharged four-cylinder engine spirited and its handling comfortable for commuting. Unlike many convertibles, it loses little of its composure when topless. With the manual, the EPA estimates that the Eos gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 on the highway. With the automatic transmission, the Eos gets an EPA estimated 21 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

  • "The 2009 Volkswagen Eos seems to be geared more toward those looking for a relaxed touring convertible rather than a sports car." -- Edmunds
  • "Even with the top down, the Eos feels tighter than most convertibles of the past, with less cowl shake on rough roads." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Most buyers will have no performance complaints," but "the passionate driver will be less satisfied."  -- Car and Driver
  • "Kudos to Volkswagen for assembling one heck of an impressive powertrain." -- Autobytel
  • "This is no sports car," but the Eos' "steering is quick and communicative, and handling is good." -- MSN
  • "The Eos' suspension, ride, and steering are just about perfectly tuned for the average American driver." -- BusinessWeek
  • "One of the sturdiest four-seat convertibles we've ever driven, with ride and handling characteristics closer to those of a fixed-roof coupe than a typical longer-wheelbase drop-top." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The 2009 VW Eos is powered by a turbocharged inline-four cylinder engine making 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The engine has enough power for highway passing, but isn't built for the race track. It comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission or VW's six-speed DSG automatic, which has separate settings for normal driving and sport driving, and can be shifted like a clutchless manual if desired.

  • "The turbocharged four-cylinder engine has enough power to carry the somewhat hefty convertible, although it lacks some of the get-up-and-go of the now-defunct V6 model." -- Edmunds
  • "The engine runs out of steam at high rpm, so judicious shifting with the manual transmission is required during passing. The automatic transmission can be slow to downshift in standard drive mode but is alert in its sport setting." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Even cruising in sixth gear at speeds approaching triple digits, the Eos had a reserve of passing power." -- The Family Car
  • "Off-the-line acceleration is adequate," and the turbo engages "in what seems a millisecond, so power delivery actually feels linear." -- Autobytel
  • The manual transmission is "a gem -- one of the smoothest you'll find anywhere." -- Newsday
  • The DSG automatic "shifts so rapidly and invisibly it's tempting to leave it in manual mode all the time even without the steering-wheel controls. Luckily, there is a Sport full-automatic mode that holds gears longer and makes better use of the power band than the standard Drive mode." -- CNET

Handling and Braking

The Eos is stable on the highway even with the top down, exhibiting little of the body shake common to convertibles at highway speed. It is balanced enough in the corners to provide a fun ride, but the steering and suspension are clearly intended for comfortable cruising, not sporty driving. Brakes are competent, though some testers say they fade quickly with repeated hard braking.

  • "Steering and handling aren't bad on average city streets, but the Eos can't quite cut it on the twisty back roads." -- Edmunds
  • "It doesn't have the road feel of a true sports car, but its ride is relatively smooth, even on bumpy back roads." -- BusinessWeek
  • "The suspension is generally compliant, even on rough pavement. Sharp bumps can pound through the cabin, though." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Eos actually has decent handling considering its ride quality." -- Car and Driver
  • "VW equips the Eos with four-wheel disc brakes, brake assist and ABS, all of which combine to bring the car to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet. Not too shabby, but after repeated test runs, telltale brake fade became apparent." -- Edmunds

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