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2012 Volkswagen EOS Review

By on April 6, 2012
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Bringing you the lighter side of things.

Good: Fun turbocharged engine, feels great with the top down, luxurious interior.
Bad: Only looks great with the top down, rearview visibility is limited with the top on.
Price: AED 111,500 (starting)/ AED 169,800 (full options)
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The Volkswagen EOS is one of those fun little cars that you’ll find on the roads of UAE, but not as much as some of its more popular siblings, the GTI and Scirocco. A hard top convertible with a curvaceous body, the previous EOS was mostly seen driven by women. Niche as the roadster coupe market is in this region, the EOS was further limited by its supposedly female target audience.   The 2012 EOS hopes to change all that.

With the new facelift, the 2012 EOS now stands together with the rest of the corporate designed fleet of recent Volkswagen cars. The front of the EOS is more similar to the Touareg than the GTI, while the rear end is a shrunken version of the Phaeton. Of course, I’m talking mostly about the headlamps and the taillights, because the EOS is nowhere near as large as the Touareg or the Phaeton.

The EOS has a convertible hard top roof, and as such the basic design from the top is similar to other cars in this segment, like the Renault Megane coupe, or the Peugeot 207 coupe convertible. The roof and C pillar are a bit too tall and rounded to give the EOS a sharp appearance, which actually goes against the rest of the car’s design with straight, sharply angular lines.

The rest of the EOS looks and feels kind of forgetful. The white color certainly doesn’t help it much. However, once you get the roof down, it just suddenly looks better.

 

The boot space obviously takes a hit with the roof down; going from just about enough space to barely acceptable. Oh and if the rack isn’t properly secured inside the boot, the roof won’t open.

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