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As pleasant to drive as any Eos in the range, but we'd save £5k and stick with the 2.0-litre turbo

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Eos
The Volkswagen Eos is pleasant and predictable to drive

The Volkswagen Eos has much cachet and is pleasant and predictable to drive, but is feeling a little bit long-in-the-tooth

18 December 2006

What’s new?

It’s the mating of VW’s capable Eos – the class benchmark in folding hardtop cabrios – with the same 3.2-litre V6 engine that sees use in the Golf R32. It’s only available with the DSG automatic gearbox, too.

What’s it like?

The range-topping V6 doesn’t lose the qualities that make the Eos our favourite in the class. It looks the part and doesn’t suffer too badly from chassis flex. The roof remains a beautiful piece of engineering and the 3.2-litre lump is willing enough, with plenty of low-down torque and a faintly rasping exhaust note.

But equally, we’re not convinced that it adds enough to warrant the eye-watering £28k price tag. These cars aren’t about ultimate performance, so the V6 can’t be exploited any more fully than the excellent 2.0-litre T-FSI petrol (in 197bhp guise) or even the 137bhp turbodiesel.

Should I buy one?

If you’re in your sixties and you want a car to retire to the south coast with, then blow your lump sum and be happy with it.

But everyone else should save five grand and go for the T-FSI instead.

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