What’s HE got that I haven’t?

With a cheaper Golf Cabrio likely to cut into its sales, VW’s steel­lid­ded con­vert­ible adds value

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WITH a Golf Cabrio en route, a makeover for Volk­swa­gen’s Eos should have the hard­top con­vert­ible lit­er­ally con­nect­ing with cus­tomers.

Blue­tooth and me­dia con­nec­tiv­ity are notable ab­sences in the cur­rent car. They weren’t a big deal when it was launched here in 2007 but the sub­se­quent take-up of both tech­nolo­gies means they are now ex­pected.

They come with a facelift to give the Eos the wide hor­i­zon­tal grille that marks the lat­estVW look, a sharper edge to the bootlid and new LED tail-lights.

The ex­tra fea­tures come at a $500 pre­mium to the ex­ist­ing mod­els, putting the 103kW/ 320Nm turbo diesel at $49,990 and the 155kW/280Nm petrol en­gine at $51,990.

Fuel con­sump­tion on both en­gines is down by 0.2L to 5.9 litres/100km for the diesel and 7.7 litres/100km for the petrol.

But a man­ual gear­box is no longer an op­tion. VW spokesman Karl Gehling says the up­take of man­u­als on the 5500 cars sold here since launch was just 15 per cent, so it was deleted for the up­date.

This makes the six-speed DSG semi-au­to­mated trans­mis­sion the only choice— but it’s not a bad one.

The five-piece hard­top roof in­cludes a sun­roof so own­ers can choose be­tween a coupe look, coupe with sun­roof open or pure open-air con­vert­ible.

The roof takes about 25 sec­onds to open or close. A 205-litre chute’’ in the cen­tre of the boot is spacious enough to take soft bag­gage, pro­vid­ing it can be squeezed through the fairly nar­row open­ing.

Op­tions run from me­tal­lic paint at $700 to $900 for the self-park­ing soft­ware, $1500 for elec­tric front seats, $2000 for a pre­mium 600W sound sys­tem, $2100 for bi-xenon head­lights with dy­namic cor­ner­ing mode and $2500 for satnav.

Price and per­spec­tive will dif­fer­en­ti­ate buy­ers of the Eos and the com­ing Golf con­vert­ible. At least that’s the view ofVW­manag­ing di­rec­tor Anke Koeck­ler.

We don’t see much cross­over be­tween the (Eos) hard­top and soft-top,’’ she says.

The Golf ap­peals to younger, more bud­get­con­scious buy­ers than the Eos. For them, the soft-top sys­tem is OK. Peo­ple who buy the Eos tend to be older and ap­pre­ci­ate the coupe com­fort they get when the hard­top roof is up.

They prob­a­bly don’t put the top down as of­ten as a Golf Cabrio owner. They both want to be seen but the Eos driver won’t do it if it’s too cold.’’

Craig Duff

Spot the dif­fer­ence:

VW’s Eos (above) and its cheaper Golf Cabri­o­let

sib­ling (left)

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