This week, we drive the 2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition, arriving in a beautiful black oak brown metallic exterior color and fully loaded. Our tester had zero options, the only addition being an $865 delivery charge.
Built to handle all types of roadways, from high-speed freeways to twisting country roads, Eos is a well-built VW sports car with history that dates back to VW’s Karman Ghia, built from 1955 to 1974. However, the dated “Karman Ghia” gene pool has long since been overpowered by VW’s new tech savvy genes, resulting in some of the best built sports cars in the world.
Dubbed Final Edition, VW’s marketing department admits Eos is at the end of its life cycle and will not be continued for 2016. Thus, the only Volkswagen convertible available after this is the popular Beetle, which attracts a more expansive consumer base thanks to its lower price and similar convertible driving fun.
Three Eos models are available, starting with the entry Komfort model which retails for $35,795. The top line Executive comes in at $42,335, with our Final Edition tester right in the middle at $39,165. Compared to the Volkswagen Beetle convertible price of $25,170 and the fact that less than 4,300 Eos convertibles were sold last year, Volkswagen’s decision to drop the Eos makes complete sense.
A little more on VW history. Located in Wolfsburg, Germany, Volkswagen is the corporate umbrella for, in alphabetical order, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Porsche. Currently, Volkswagen is the top German automaker and the second largest automaker in the world. Another important VW highlight is its position on research and development (R&D), where VW ranks first in R&D spending and, according to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, (he the head of Audi motorsports who I interviewed via phone not long ago), is the world’s leading developer of diesel technology.
Notably, Ullrich is responsible for the first ever LeMans 24-hour diesel victory when his Audi Diesel R10 TDI (Turbo Direct Injection) dominated the 2006 event, and then backed it up with wins in 2007 and 2008. The technology learned there is used toady in all VW corporate vehicles.
Back to Eos. Currently, Eos is the only hardtop convertible available with a built-in power sunroof, meaning you don’t have to engage the convertible top-down function to enjoy some of nature’s beautiful days and evenings. Although not a car for a family of five or those who need lots of luggage space, Eos is designed with a liberal amount of room for four adults, has all the safety equipment and is so much fun to drive. Included is the expected German craftsmanship you find in all of VW’s other sporty products, most notably Audi TT and Porsche Boxster.
Powered by a gasoline charged 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder that puts out 200 horsepower and 207 lb. ft. of torque, expect EPA fuel mileage of 22 city and 30 highway thanks to a six-speed Tiptronic automatic. The independent suspension is a proven strut front and multilink out back, result in excellent road manners and comfortable highway cruising.
Our front-drive Eos “Final Edition” came with lots of notable standard features, including beautiful two-tone heated leather seats, sporty 18-inch tires on alloy wheels, silver net interior trim, all safety items, four-wheel ABS brakes with all traction and electronic assists, rain-sensing wipers, eight-speaker stereo system, rear safety back-up cameras system, keyless entry and start, cruise, air, all powers and more. Your VW dealer awaits your visit to explain in detail.
Important numbers include a wheelbase of 101.5 inches, 3,508 lb. curb weight, 14.5 gallon premium fuel tank, 35.8 ft. turning circle, 6.6 cu. ft. of cargo space and a 5.6 inch ground clearance.
In summary, removing the Eos convertible from a lineup of “superstar” offerings isn’t a big deal. My personal opinion is if you like Eos for what it is (and it really is a neat car), then buy one while you can. You won’t be disappointed.
2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition
Entry Price: $36,660
Price as Tested: $40,030
Small trunk (necessary for hardtop to fit)
cumbersome rear seat entry
(Greg Zyla writes weekly for BestRide.com and other GateHouse Media publications).