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2007 Volkswagen Eos Overview

A successor to the Volkswagen Cabrio, which itself was a successor to the Rabbit Cabriolet, the 2007 Volkswagen Eos hardtop convertible coupe is the latest addition to the German automaker's lineup. And although it borrows elements from both the Jetta and the Golf, the Eos is a unique creation, starting with its eminently impressive five-piece hardtop roof.

The Cabrio's roof was a multi-layer cloth affair that was either manually or power operated (depending on the trim package). The Eos goes that one better (way better, in fact), with a five-piece automatic folding hardtop that stows neatly in the trunk in just 25 seconds. It's a fascinating operation that many drivers are certain to watch over and over, just for the fun of it. The hardtop roof also has an integrated panoramic power glass sunroof with tinted glass and a manual sunshade, so drivers have a number of roof up/down/shaded/open-to-the-wind options.

Two trim packages are available -- the standard Eos and the Eos 2.0T. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that generates 200 hp, while a 3.2-liter, 250-hp VR 6-cylinder is available as an option. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and a Direct-Shift Gearbox is optional for the 2.0T trim package.

The list of standard features is a long one, and includes CFC-free air conditioning, an anti-theft alarm system, cruise control, electric rear window defroster, a remote locking system, power windows, power exterior rearview mirrors, AM/FM/CD/MP3 eight-speaker audio system, front and side airbags, and traction control. The 2.0T trim package adds such features as a dual-zone climate control system, a multi-function trip computer, a 12-way power seat for the driver, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

So far, drivers seem to be impressed with the car, with one calling it "the best convertible I have ever seen." The five-piece retractable hardtop, naturally, is a focal point of the positive comments, and deservedly so. But the car's luxury features, handling, craftsmanship, and styling have also been singled out by impressed drivers. Some professional reviewers, however, have been less than kind, particularly in reference to the car's styling, with one reviewer calling the car "dumpy and squat" with the roof up. Guess you'd better just keep the top down, then . . . and that's not such a bad thing.

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