Volkswagen Eos 103TDI 2011 review
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VW has just updated the EOS giving it a slicker, edgier appearance. The update builds on and expands upon the first model launched here for the first time in 2007. The new more aggressive look should curry favour with blokes, because they weren't very enamoured with the original which was a bit of a chick's car. Sales have fallen markedly since the model's introduction.
EOS is well equipped with leather and climate controlled airconditioning standard. Bluetooth, an alarm system and media device interface (MDI) for an iPod have been added. You also get rain sensing wipers and rear parking sensors. A space saver spare wheel is included. Options include a more advanced self-parking system for $900.
Buyers can chose between a 2.0-litre turbo diesel or 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The 155kW/280Nm turbocharged engine is a lift from the GTI, while the 103kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel has seen service in many models. Both are paired with a six-speed DSG style transmission.
As a convertible it exhibits a small amount of body flex, even with the roof up - but that's the price you pay. The folding metal roof takes 25 seconds to deploy, offering the benefits of a convertible with the security of a coupe. The security aspect will appeal to female buyers.
Cosmetic changes including new front and rear lights, a redesigned front grille and sharper boot line bring the car into step with the current family look.
Only four stars. EOS is equipped with an extensive list of safety features including stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, an electronic differential lock for better traction as well as front and side head airbags - but rear passengers miss out. It also has an active rollover protection system.
Driving the coupe-cabriolet is just like driving a Golf, at least with the roof up. With the top down however it's difficult to ignore that feeling of wind in your hair (for those who have hair).
We prefer the petrol model, but there's nothing wrong with the diesel. It offers strong mid-range performance and of course superior fuel economy. The transmission has sport mode or you can change gears manually via the shift lever, but it doesn't have shift paddles. The diesel is rated at 5.9 litres/100km for fuel economy, but we were getting 7.0 over close to 400km.
The thing I don't like about this car is that it's just too good. They need to build in a few flaws just to give the EOS some character.
Range and Specs
|103 TDI||2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP||$11,500 – 16,830||2011 Volkswagen Eos 2011 103 TDI Pricing and Specs|
|155 TSI||2.0L, PULP, 6 SP||$11,900 – 17,490||2011 Volkswagen Eos 2011 155 TSI Pricing and Specs|
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