Eos SE BlueMotion 1.4 TSI
the UKs wetter and colder
Winters and hotter and dryer
Summers, more and more motorists
are likely to consider changing to
a car suitable for all seasons.
Something like the frugal Volkswagen
EVEN THOUGH IT IS NOT NEW IN DESIGN (it's now four years old), with
its two-door, coupe style, four-seater family-sized body, the Eos still looks
a classy but practical offering. And now the range has been brought up to date
to meet the current market requirements, with the addition of low 144g/km CO2
emission BlueMotion versions.
The Eos UK prices start at £20,695 and run up to £29,935. BlueMotion versions
in S and SE trim share the award-winning 1.4-litre TSI 120bhp turbocharged petrol
engine with six-speed manual transmissions and are priced at £20,695 for the
S and £21,795 for the SE. Road tax costs a frugal £125 a year and company car
drivers will pay a reasonable 17% Benefit-in-Kind tax. For the record, all Volkswagen
passenger cars sold in the UK are offered with a three-year/30,000-mile servicing
package for just £250 another welcome cost-cutter.
Other engine options for the range are a 157bhp 1.4-litre TSI supercharged-and-turboed
petrol unit, a 207bhp 2.0-litre TSI and a 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI turbodiesel.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard for all engines while the 207bhp petrol
and 138bhp TDI are offered with VW's famed DSG twin-clutch, fast-shift auto
transmission. Depending on the engine option chosen, there are S, SE, Sport
and Individual levels of trim and specification.
UK is the third largest international sales market for Eos behind Germany and
the USA and last year around 1,800 of them attracted UK buyers; 36% of them
fleet purchasers. Fifty-four per cent of all Eos models sold in the UK had the
All models feature the
unique five-piece folding
metal hard-top roof
which also incorporates
a glass sunroof
an impressive piece of
engineering that takes
to open or close...
But that was before engine downsizing really started to happen and cash and
tax strapped Britons really started looking hard at their motoring budgets,
hence the introduction of the BlueMotion versions.
All models feature the unique five-piece folding metal hard-top roof which also
incorporates a glass sunroof an impressive piece of engineering that
takes 25 seconds to open or close. Also fitted as standard to all models are
an electronic stability programme, twin front and side airbags, semi-automatic
air conditioning, fog lights, electric windows, heated and electrically-adjustable
door mirrors, stereo radio and CD player, 16-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors
and lockable load-through provision between the boot and rear seats. Naturally
the specification gets more sophisticated the more you pay, and there is a wide
choice of extra-cost options.
Now the main reason for combating all winds and weathers with a hard-top rather
than the traditional fabric roof is to cheat our ever-changing British climate.
There is nothing worse in Winter than getting into a car with a frozen-on-the-inside
fabric roof and if it's not freezing then the relentless sound of heavy rain
can dampen anybody's spirits. The folding metal hard-top does away with all
this and makes the car snug when it's cold and wet and airy and light when it's
dry and it brightens our day when the roof is down and the sun is shining.
Just as important is the fact that the car is secure when parked and left with
the roof up, so no issues of vandalism or theft.
There are generally two downsides to these metal folding roofs over canvas tops:
the space the folded roof take up in the boot when stowed; and the weight the
metal folding roof mechanism adds to the car.
the issue of luggage space, there is a maximum of 380 litres available with
the Eos's roof up but this shrinks to just 205 litres when it is stowed in the
load area, and that is really not enough for a four-seater.
The official Combined
Cycle fuel consumption
is 45.6mpg and during
my test the Eos returned
a real-life 42.7mpg
brilliant for a petrol
The shroud, or inner boot liner, which shields the luggage when the roof is
lowered does not allow for the easy loading of shopping.
As for the added weight, which includes bodyshell strengthening to limit the
body-shake which can occur over poor road surfaces, there used to be a penalty
to pay in terms of fuel economy and poorer performance but modern engines have
largely overcome that issue.
A good example of this is the brilliant 1.4-litre TSI, four-cylinder, turbocharged
petrol engine which powered my Eos SE BlueMotion test car. A few years ago a
car of this size and weight would have been fitted with at least a 1.8 or 2.0-litre
Today's technology means that much smaller capacity engines can be used and,
remarkably, they produce more power and torque plus better fuel economy and
hence less CO2 emissions. The 1.4-litre unit is high-pressure direct-injection
petrol boosted by a turbocharger to give 120bhp but, more importantly, 148lb
ft of torque from 1,500rpm.
The relatively high compression ratio means 'taller' gear ratios can be used
to further improve fuel economy and in this case without losing any loss of
responsiveness at lower speeds during acceleration. Top speed is 122mph with
zero to 62mph taking 10.9 seconds.
The official Combined Cycle fuel consumption is 45.6mpg and during my test the
Eos returned a real-life 42.7mpg brilliant for a petrol engine. Worth
noting; I found driving with the roof down reduced the fuel economy by about
3mpg due to the disturbed airflow. Exhaust emissions of 144g/km means road tax
is an affordable £125 a year.
BlueMotion technology features an automatic Start/Stop system allied to a battery
regeneration system that captures the energy otherwise lost during braking.
This energy is then used for other functions such as the electronic power
steering and it also allows for the alternator to switch off which reduces
engine load. A useful hill-hold function, on-board computer (which includes
a visual gear change point recommendation) and 17-inch alloy wheels shod with
self-sealing tyres are all also BlueMotion tweaks.
Eos 1.4 BlueMotion is particularly suited to either older retail buyers without
the need for a family car and who appreciate a stylish design suitable for all
winds and weathers which is very comfortable, easy to drive and well built.
Eos makes a stylish
and classy car for all
seasons; its smooth and
enjoyable to drive and
possesses that other
essential for any
convertible or cabrio
a quick roof...
Also, company car users will like the low 17% Benefit-in-Kind tax the
lowest in the range by quite a long way and even better than the diesel models.
The Eos in this BlueMotion guise more than competes on price against the Vauxhall
Astra CC TwinTop, the Ford Focus Coupe Cabrio, the new Renault Megane CC and
the Peugeot 308CC plus the VW has the lowest road and BIK taxes as well.
Admittedly there's limited luggage space roof up or down for a coupe of this
size but then it is nicer to drive than the others and it feels better built
too. Plus the BlueMotion technology really does work for fuel and tax savings.
All-in-all, the Eos makes a stylish and classy car for all seasons, it's smooth
and enjoyable to drive and possesses that other essential for any convertible
or cabrio: a quick roof. David Miles
Volkswagen Eos SE BlueMotion 1.4 TSI | £21,795
Maximum speed: 122mph | 0-62mph: 10.9 seconds | Overall test MPG: 42.7mpg
Power: 120bhp | Torque: 148lb ft | CO2 144g/km