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.
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.