2009 Volkswagen Eos

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What Changed for 2009:
  • 3.2-liter V-6 engine dropped
  • Standard engine is now the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • Park distance control no longer standard
  • Three exterior colors dropped
  • One new exterior color (White Gold)
  • New free maintenance program
The 4-seat Volkswagen Eos was introduced in 2007. It is a lineal descendant of the Volkswagen Rabbit Convertible, popular in the 1980s, and more recently the Cabriolet and Cabrio. Those early models were each based on an existing hatchback chassis. In similar fashion, the new Volkswagen Eos is built on the Volkswagen Golf Mk5 platform. Unlike its soft-top convertible predecessors, the Volkswagen Eos features a power-operated folding hardtop complete with a power-operated sliding glass moonroof-a first in a 4-seat convertible, according to VW. For 2009, Volkswagen has dropped the 3.2-liter V-6 engine from the options list leaving the standard engine as the efficient and powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder. Other changes for the new model year include minor option adjustments, new colors and a new standard maintenance program.

New for 2009 is Volkswagen's carefree maintenance program. It is standard on all Eos models. The benefits of the program include no-charge scheduled maintenance during the first 3 years or 36,000 miles of ownership. All variants of the 2009 Volkswagen Eos feature a 3-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty, and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Volkswagen also offers a 12-year/unlimited mileage corrosion warranty on all new vehicles.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Volkswagen Eos is offered in two trim levels: Komfort and Lux. Both variants feature an identical 4-cylinder turbocharged powerplant on a front-wheel-drive (FWD) powertrain and choice of manual or automatic transmission. All models share the same power-operated hardtop roof with its unique integrated power-operated panoramic moonroof (it is designed to open/close in about 25 seconds, VW says).

Standard features on all Komfort models include a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat, V-Tex leatherette upholstery, automatic power windows, air conditioning, cruise control, power door locks, and a premium 8-speaker AM/FM 6-disc in-dash CD changer audio system. The Lux model is upgraded with leather trim on the doors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, burled walnut interior trim, dimming rearview mirrors, and a powered passenger seat among other things. In addition, the Lux model adds the option for leather seating upholstery and the upgraded 10-speaker Dynaudio Premium Sound System. Stand-alone options include a navigation system with iPod connector, park distance control, and adaptive bi-Xenon headlamps.

All 2009 Volkswagen Eos convertible models share an identical 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant. It is rated at 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. There are two transmissions offered with the engine: a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG (direct-shift gearbox) automatic with Tiptronic feature. According to Volkswagen, the 2-door convertible will accelerate to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds with either transmission towards an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. The FWD Eos hatchback earned EPA fuel-economy estimates of 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with the DSG automatic transmission.

The front suspension of the 2009 Volkswagen Eos is of an independent design, with triangular wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. The rear suspension is of a 4-link independent design with telescopic shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. Brakes are power-assisted discs on all four corners with standard anti-lock control (ABS). Standard wheels are 16-inch aluminum alloy with all-season tires.

All 2009 Volkswagen Eos models feature driver and passenger front air bag supplemental restraint systems and driver and front passenger side thorax air bag supplemental restraints. The front seats are equipped with pre-tensioning safety belts with load limiters. The rear outboard seating positions are equipped with LATCH (formerly ISOFIX) tether anchors for child seats. In the event of a pending rollover, the Eos is equipped with a Rollover Protection System. The system automatically deploys from behind the rear seat head restrains to help prevent injury in a rollover. All 2009 Eos models are equipped with standard ESP (stability control), ASR (anti-slip control), ABS, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.

While the 2009 Volkswagen Eos has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it has been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Eos received a \"Good\" rating (the Institute's highest score) in frontal offset testing and \"Good\" in side-impact testing.

The 2009 Eos features what Volkswagen coins a \"coupe-Sunroof-Convertible\" automatic folding hardtop. The 5-piece roof is driven by 8 hydraulic cylinders with mechanical latches designed to operate only when the vehicle is nearly standing still, and when the baggage cover in the luggage compartment is properly latched. When closed, the roof has a heated glass rear window for an all-weather view out the rear of the 4-seat coupe. The most unique feature is found directly overhead-above the driver and passengers is a panoramic power glass sunroof complete with a power-operated tilt and slide function and a manual sunshade. According to Volkswagen, the innovative roof on the Eos is an industry first.

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  • Name Komfort (2dr Conv Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 31615.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 21/31
  • Name Komfort (2dr Conv DSG) Transmission DSG w/OD MSRP 32715.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
  • Name Lux (2dr Conv DSG) Transmission DSG w/OD MSRP 35200.00 Engine 2.0L/121 City/Hwy MPG 22/29
  • Heated leatherette front bucket seats-inc: 12-way pwr driver seat w/pwr lumbar, 8-way manual passenger seat w/manual lumbar
  • Pwr driver/manual front passenger easy entry seat function
  • Rear center pass-through armrest w/lockable storage
  • Sliding front center armrest w/integrated storage box
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Height-adjustable telescopic theft-deterrent steering column
  • Instrumentation-inc: brake wear indicator
  • Multi-function trip computer
  • Digital compass
  • Pwr windows w/pinch protection
  • Automatic pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry w/(2) integrated key transmitters
  • Cruise control
  • Remote trunk release
  • Immobilizer III theft-deterrent system
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Rear window defroster
  • Pollen & odor filter
  • Rear seat ventilation ducts
  • Lockable cooling glove box
  • (2) front/(2) rear cupholders
  • (2) pwr outlets
  • Microtech anthracite interior trim
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Dual front reading lights
  • Leather shift knob & hand brake
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Heated leather front bucket seats-inc: dual 12-way pwr adjusters, pwr lumbar
  • Pwr driver/front passenger easy entry seat function
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Walnut wood interior trim
  • Switchable self-dimming rearview mirror
  • 16" "Adelaide" alloy wheels w/lockable bolts
  • P215/55R16H all-season tires
  • Pwr retractable hardtop w/integrated panoramic sunroof, manual sunshade
  • Removable wind blocker
  • Body-color bumpers, door handles, side molding
  • Chrome front grille
  • Halogen headlights
  • Projector-lens front foglights
  • Body-color heated pwr mirrors w/integrated LED blinkers
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Heated windshield washer nozzles
  • 17" "Sienna" alloy wheels w/lockable bolts
  • P235/45R17H all-season tires
  • Automatic headlights w/coming home feature
  • Pwr folding body-color heated pwr mirrors w/integrated LED blinkers, driver side self-dimming
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 2.0L FSI turbocharged I4 engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Independent (4) link rear suspension w/stabilizer bar
  • Speed sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr front vented/rear solid disc brakes
  • Dual exhaust pipes on left side
  • 6-speed direct shift gearbox transmission
  • 6-speed direct shift gearbox transmission w/Tiptronic
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist
    • Traction control w/electronic differential lock (EDL)
    • Electronic stabilization program (ESP)
    • Clutch starter interlock
    • Anti-intrusion side-impact door beams
    • Daytime running lights
    • Dual front airbags w/passenger occupant detection
    • Side thorax airbags
    • Front/rear side-curtain airbags
    • 3-point front/rear safety belts w/load limiters, front seat pretensioners
    • Front pyrotech seatbelt tensioners
    • LATCH child restraint system
    • Emergency trunk release
    • Tire-pressure monitoring system
    • Rollover protection system
    • Dual note horn
    • AM/FM stereo w/MP3/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: Sirius satellite radio w/(3) months service, external multimedia socket, (8) speakers
    • Integrated trunk lid antenna
    • Integrated trunk lid diversity antenna

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