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.


Inside the EOS looks exactly like the GTI or Scirocco, with some minor aesthetic changes that somehow make the EOS feels more inviting. Our fully loaded tester has leather on the doors and the seats. There’s wooden trim on the upper edge of the leather on the doors, as well as on the dashboard and the ashtray in front of the gearbox. Apart from the central console area which has hard black plastic, everything else is felt material.


The RNS 510 navigation system comes with a 10 speaker system powered by Dynaudio. There are also multiple parking sensors, although our tester didn’t come with reverse parking camera. The driver controls on the steering wheel and in-dash display are similar to every other Volkswagen we have tested in the past, as is the navigation system.

The EOS comes with dual-climate control with multiple settings, although I must say that even at the lowest speeds, the fan throws out quite a lot of air which I found somewhat irritating.

As I mentioned earlier, the roofline and C pillar is quite high, which provides ample room inside and visibility is never an issue. That said, the two seats at the back have their headrest at a fixed height, which unfortunately obstruct a good amount of view in the rearview mirror. Obviously that’s not a problem with the roof down, but you’re basically limited to a “T” vision with the roof on.

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