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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 EOS is powered by the same 4-cylinder 2.0 liter turbo engine we find in most VW cars. Producing 210hp @ 5,300-6,200rpm and 280Nm of torque @ 1,500-5,400rpm, the EOS goes from 0 to 100kmph in 7.7 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 229kmph.

Since it’s based on the same compact-sized PQ35 platform as the Golf, Scirocco and Audi TT, I was expecting the EOS to handle similarly. And except for the overly enthusiastic wheel spin, the EOS does indeed behave like the rest of its family members.

On tight corners you will notice a mild wheel spin on the front, but before the rear end flails out, the traction control takes over. The 6-speed DSG is as fun to use as always, with the EOS eager to jump from normal to Sports mode instantly.

Highway noise isn’t much, but if you have the sunroof cover down, then you’ll hear the dull noise of the highway seeping in. With the top on, the EOS feels much like the Scirocco, but it’s only with the top down and the wind rushing through your hair when you feel like the weekend’s just begun.

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The only reason to buy a convertible coupe is to drive it with the top down, most of the time. In UAE this is a luxury only afforded during the winter months or at night, and latter only when humidity doesn’t reach a ridiculously high percentage. As such, you’ll be somewhat limited to the amount of fun you can have with the EOS.

If however you’re willing to live with this caveat, the EOS is a really nice coupe roadster to have. The drive is fun thanks to the 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, there’s ample luxury inside the cabin, and with the top down it looks mighty impressive. With a starting price of AED 111.5K the EOS makes for a very compelling argument to own one as no other car in the market comes close to providing this much fun for the price.

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