From £26,805
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 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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