Since the VW Eos was recently named as one of Kelly Blue Books top 10 cars for a road trip, I decided Id take it on one. The first thing to consider for a road trip is the destination, or at least the direction. My friend and I picked Maine. But then we had to consider that gas is over $4 a gallon. So we went a little less epic and settled on a family members lake house about two hours out of the city.
On the road trip front, the Eos has some awesome features, like a retractable roof operated by the push of a button. (It took under 30 seconds for the car to go topless.) I love that the digital display on the dash shows not only how many mpg youre getting during that particular trip, but also how many miles you have to go before you run out of gasgood for a spazz like me who isnt sure if the needle nearing 'E means get to a pump right now or that I can squeak by another 50 miles.
A few gripes, nearly all of which are accessory-related: even though theres an iPod dock, it plays songs in a really non-intuitive way, without displaying the song title or artist on the display screen. So a random shuffle is the main option (which made me realize my iPod contains quite a lot thats not fit for public consumption or road tripping). The GPS, an awesome feature, was really difficult to programafter two friends and I couldnt figure it out, we had to call in another friend who writes a tech column, who finally got it. But after we did, the womans calming voice guided us directly to the lake house, even on dirt roads. For an award-winning road trip car, the trunk is pretty small (or maybe I pack too much?), but for a weekend out of town with just one other person, it was fine.
Generally, the Eos is super fun to drive. It has great pickup and a sporty coupe shape. The engine is loud enough that it feels like youre driving a sports car, but quiet enough to have a conversation. With the top down and the windows up, we were even able to listen to an episode of Car Talk.