The 2007 Volkswagen Eos is nudging into Audi territory in terms of features and quality, but with a price to match. Average cabin tech and odd performance characteristics suggest people will buy this car more for looks than driving fun.
The cabin materials and switches are of very nice quality, and everything is fit together well. We were disappointed that the phone buttons on the steering wheel didn't work, and no Bluetooth option is available on the car.
Our review car was equipped with a Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), a manual transmission that can be put into automatic mode or shifted normally. With the DSG, there is no clutch pedal to push because the transmission uses a computer-controlled dual-clutch.
A further example of Volkswagen's design language is the top and bottom grilles, surrounded by a chrome inset that reaches through the front bumper. The grille and the rounded, drooping headlights give the front of the Eos a distinct face.
The rear-end of the car rises high, sprung to handle the weight of the roof when it's folded up in the trunk. As a completely new model, it shows off Volkwagen's current design language, such as the molded bumper, without any legacy design issues.
Instead of a touch screen, address entry and other applications are controlled with the buttons on the side of the screen. Labels appear next to the buttons indicating their current functions. We found it easy to get used to.
The engine in our review Eos is a turbocharged two-liter inline four-cylinder. We found even a moderate push on the gas pedal caused the front wheels to skitter and screech all the way across an intersection.