Visually, the new Eos comes into line with the rest of Volkswagen’s modern line-up. The front is almost identical to the sixth-generation Golf while the rear LED lights are similar to those found on the recently launched Passat.
The new Eos is no longer available with the option of a six-speed manual transmission. The 103TDI and 155TSI models are now only available with Volkswagen’s six-speed dual-clutch DSG, and prices of both models have increased $500.
The two 2.0-litre turbocharged engines are the same powerplants found in the previous model. They produce the same power figures (103kW/320Nm for the diesel, 155kW/280Nm for the petrol) as before, but both have undergone internal changes to make them more efficient.
The 103TDI now uses 5.9 litres/100km on the combined cycle and emits 156g/km CO
(down from 6.1 litres/100km and 160g/km).
The 155TSI enjoys similar improvements, down from 7.9 litres/100km and 184g/km CO2
to 7.7 litres/100km and 179g/km.
Acceleration times are unchanged at 10.3 seconds for the 103TDI and 7.8 seconds for the 155TSI.
New standard features on the Eos include Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, Media Device Interface (iPod, USB, mini USB compatibility) and an alarm system. These add to features already offered as standard, which include leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers and rear parking distance sensors.
2011 Volkswagen Eos manufacturer’s list prices:
- 103TDI – $49,990
- 155TSI – $51,990
- Metallic/pearl effect paint – $700
- Park Assist 2 – $900
- Satellite Navigation – $2500
- Premium audio system – $2000
- Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime driving lights – $2100
- Electrically adjustable front seats – $1500
- Sport package – $2600
CarAdvice’s Alborz Fallah attended the launch of the 2011 Volkswagen Eos in Adelaide today and will publish a drive review shortly. Stay tuned.
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