You’ll find the Eos taut, stable and pretty much free from scuttle shake of any kind. Like other VWS from this era, however, it’s worth getting the car up on a twopost lift to check the rear springs, which are prone to fractures that only become evident when the weight’s taken off the wheels. Meanwhile, check for uneven tyre wear; at the front, this will indicate worn front suspension components, namely the wishbone bushes, while at the rear it might mean that the multilink arrangement is out of kilter.
There was a problem on early cars concerning the steering rack and some were replaced under warranty; if it clunks on full lock, suspect problems. Front wheel bearings on the very earliest cars might be on their last legs, so listen out for any suspicious humming on a test-drive.
Brakes on the Eos should feel strong, but make sure there’s no ABS warning light showing as pumps and modules have been known to fail. Ditto the ESP light as problems have been reported with the ATE Teeves ABS/ESP brake pressure sensors.
Eos roll-over protection system in action.