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San Francisco: Volkswagen is finally redoing their cars after years of consistency. While the new Touareg SUV and Phaeton super sedan appeared, the bread-and-butter mainstream vehicles soldiered on for years with little change. Well, that’s over. The Jetta, Golf (now Rabbit, again), and Passat are completely redone. And to top it off the old Cabrio is supplanted by the exciting new 2007 VW Eos convertible.

While some companies kill of their interesting model names for alphanumerics, like Lincoln, Cadillac, and Acura spring to mind. Volkswagen has exploited the unfamiliar, and even the bizarre names, and they’re not done, just wait. Eos is the Greek goddess of dawn, a pretty name attached to a lovely car, especially in the Eismeer Blue of my test unit. Volkswagen’s press literature poetically connects the car’s open top with Eos’s chariot rising up from the ocean daily to bring daylight to mankind.

If you want to bring light to your world, you can do it yourself in 25 seconds by pushing or pulling on a little stirrup on the center console. Well, you can if you remember to press down the luggage compartment cover that defines the 6.6 cubic feet of storage not taken up by the folding top sections. The folding hardtop is part of a trend that is working its way down from luxury vehicles like Mercedes and Lexus to the less fancy models. With nothing but one finger on the switch, the rear decklid opens up, and then the roof panels move in an electronic ballet into a sandwich of metal and glass, drop down into the top of the trunk, and then everything folds back into place. Presto, you’re topless.

The Eos has an exclusive here. It is the first and only hardtop convertible to offer a sliding glass sunroof. The panel stretches all the way to the side supports, so it lets in more light than the typical sunroof.

The Eos looks great with its top lowered, and nice with it up too, if you’re willing to ignore some fairly obvious cut lines in the top and rear panels. You can be assured, however, that this car has been carefully engineered to be a convertible as it’s not a chopped Golf like the Cabrio was for so many years.

Styling is in sync with the new corporate look, with wide-open eyes, chrome goatee, black grille louvers, and more rounded, voluptuous shapes than on the previous VW models, which dated back from the late 1990s.

Volkswagen gave the Eos its own version of the subcompact interior, with typically brilliant fit and finish and some of the best surface detailing in the business (shared with corporate cousin Audi). The center stack features shiny trapezoidal vents, and the door panels sweep back from the dash in a more dramatic manner than in the other small VWs. Small buttresses on the lower console recall the Audi TT and serve as grips if needed. With the top lowered, the wing design of the dash and doors imparts a sense of flying, much like Eos’s chariot would feel, no doubt.

There are three Eos models available, the standard Eos, the 2.0T, and the 3.2T. The standard Eos is probably available mainly to provide a lower price point for advertising. For an additional $2,000, most buyers will step up to the 2.0T, which provides dual-zone climate control, a wind blocker, a center console/armrest, a trip computer, a self-dimming rearview mirror, a power, heated driver’s seat, leather steering wheel and gearshift knob, and option availability.

The basic Eos and 2.0T share a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With 200 horsepower and a standard six-speed manual, the standard and 2.0T models offer typical taut German car performance. Fuel economy is listed at 23 City, 31 Highway. I averaged 24 mpg in mixed driving.

The premium-level 3.2T benefits from a 250-horsepower narrow-angle V6 under its shapely hood. It comes standard with the DSG (direct shift gearbox) automatic that allows, even encourages, manual selection. However, without a clutch, it is a different experience. My test car, a 2.0T, had this transmission as a $1,075 option.

Other perks of the 3.2T include extra chrome on the grille louvers, power folding heated outside mirrors, self-dimming interior mirror, premium sound system (including Sirius satellite radio), power seat lumbar adjustment, 17-inch wheels and tires, Homelink remote control system, and a multi-function steering wheel.  The 3.2T also offers a few exclusive options, such as Bi-Xenon headlamps and an adaptive front lighting system with swiveling headlights.

Prices start at $27,990 for the plain Eos, rising to $29,990 for the 2.0T and $36,850 for the 3.2L. Add $630 for the destination charge. When you start adding options, prices change quickly. My 2.0T, with a Luxury Package, navigation system, and DSG automatic, came to $36,985, about the price of the 3.2L, but without the V6.

Volkswagen’s newest car has a new name, and that makes sense. The Eos is an exciting product for VW, bringing hardtop convertible technology and driving enjoyment to a more affordable price point. Buy one and you’ll be ready for anything.  By Steve Schaefer © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco

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