By James Bergeron

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2008 Volkswagen EOS

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Day by Day Review: 2008 Volkswagen Eos volkswagen daily car reviews
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Brrrrrrr — that’s what I have to say about driving a convertible in March. At least the convertible I am driving this week is the Volkswagen Eos, which has a folding hardtop; but let me tell you: a 30-plus km trip in sub-zero temperatures with the top down in March — not a good idea.

You see, I went to an auction on Saturday with the Eos and my purchase was slightly larger than I had anticipated — or the Eos was smaller than I had initially thought. For those who know Ottawa, this had me driving from St. Laurent back to Stittsville, top down, in sub-zero temperatures. It builds character, right?

Day by Day Review: 2008 Volkswagen Eos volkswagen daily car reviews
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Onto the Eos itself: some dub it a feminine car, although there is nothing feminine about driving top down in the winter, let me tell you. The six-speed manual shifter in my car scratches off the feminine feel as well, and after a few days I’m liking it so far.

The EOS starts at a reasonable $35,975, while my tester comes equipped with the Comfortline package for an additional $4,300.

The Eos is powered by Volkswagen group’s 2.0T four cylinder turbo charged engine that produces 200hp and 207 lb-ft of torque and is available with a no-charge six-speed manual gear box or a six-speed DSG gear box for an extra $1,400.

My car is fairly loaded, although honestly, looking at the features available, I would skip all the extras if it were my own money and grab a base model Eos, which is fairly well equipped. My Comfortline model also includes extras such as a skibag ($250); windblocker ($375) and park assists ($350).

The Eos is the least expensive 4-seater hardtop convertible on the market currently and fills an interesting niche. From my couple of days with the Eos I can already see how this vehicle would appeal to young couples as an everyday runabout that can be used year-round but still provide top down enjoyment for our short summers.

2008 Volkswagen EOS
MSRP as tested (including destination): $42,585

For more information on VW and the EOS visit VW Canada

About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.