2008 Volkswagen EOS TFSI Road Test
Recommended Retail Price: $52,290; $71,210 as tested.
Options fitted: Individual package ($6,990); metallic paint ($690); satellite navigation ($2,490); CD changer ($790); Dynaudio 600W premium sound system ($1,990); Bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights ($1,990); electrically adjustable front seat ($1,490); Chicago 18" alloy wheels ($2,490).
Unisex styling, potent engine and handling package.
Roof is slow to retract; options pricing.
CarAdvice rating: (4.25)
My Greek goddess was delivered to me in Samoa Red – a new colour to the Volkswagen Eos range. To top it off, the vehicle was also fitted with the optional Volkswagen ‘Individual’ package which includes 18” Veracruz alloy wheels, twin-colour Napa leather upholstery which includes seat heaters, 3-spoke sport steering wheel, chrome inserts in radiator grille and aluminium door sill inlays.
Under the bonnet, the TFSI version of the Eos is powered by a similar engine to the one found in the illustrious Golf GTI – 147kW and a spritely 280Nm of torque. Our test vehicle was fitted with Volkswagen’s renowned DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) transmission. As the fastest shifting gearbox in the world, the dual-clutch unit swaps cogs in 8ms – that’s quicker than today’s F1 car! All this while only sipping through 8.2-litres/100km...
Interior room is quite impressive. A stint at the drive-in movies gave my passenger and I the ultimate opportunity to not only test seating comfort in the car, but also to test the optional Dynaudio, 600-watt, 10-speaker sound system. The sound system is superb throughout the entire audible band, bass is very deep and treble is exceptionally crisp. Seat comfort was also a plus, the leather interior was comfortable and didn’t feel awkward – even after a two hour movie stint.
The Eos range includes two model grades – diesel and petrol. The diesel starts from $47,990 (6-speed manual), while the TFSI version being tested can be had for $49,990 (also 6-speed manual). The DSG transmission can be optioned in both model grades for an additional $2,000.
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Engine: 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder
Top speed: 229km/h
Safety: Electronic stability control- front air bags - side airbags - roll over protection - front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters.
EuroNCAP rating: 4-stars
Turning circle: N/A
Fuel tank: 55-litres
Fuel consumption : 8.2 litres/100km (claimed)
Fuel type: 98RON Premium Unleaded