Even with our Sport model’s stiffer suspension, the Volkswagen Eos strikes a happy medium between balance and comfort. There is some fidget from the 18in wheels, but less than you’d find in a similarly equipped Golf GTI, and the ride over high-speed undulations is superbly controlled. In the unlikely event that you find yourself wanting to thrash an Eos down your favourite B-road, you’ll find impressive grip, faithful turn-in, a planted rear end and accurate but inert steering.
Like all cars of its type, the Eos’s torsional stiffness suffers from the lack of a permanent roof; top down, high-frequency ridges translate to visible movement in the header rail and an occasional shimmer through the steering.
But the extent of movement is less than any of the other cars we’ve driven in the class. Furthermore, mid-corner bumps don’t result in undue body flex. With the roof up, the steering becomes crisper, and background shudder vanishes and the Eos could easily be a proper coupe.
Dynamically, then, the Eos covers all the bases with a strong, versatile engine line-up and a chassis that keeps it all together should you want to go quickly, with only the brakes’ propensity to fade disappointing.
Nevertheless, the package works best at a cruise, the suspension keeping body movements in check while effectively massaging away the outside world.