Applause, applause for the Bauhaus Eos convertible

Written by on August 21, 2013 in Cars and Chicks, Perspectives, Trends - 17 Comments

Krystyna Lagowski with EosWhy do Canadians even bother with convertibles? We get to enjoy open air driving for maybe four months of the year.  But then again, when the warm weather hits, there isn’t much point driving anything else.

And the minute I laid eyes on the 2013 Volkswagen Eos convertible, in Salsa Red, no less, I knew I was in for a treat. Not only did it look adorable, it smelled great, with ivory leather interior. Kind of like a guy who knows how to wear fragrance, and wears it well. One whiff and you go weak in the knees.Side mirror

With the Eos, there’s no design detail left to chance. Every corner is tucked, stitched or molded into a pleasing contour. It’s a handsome vehicle, inside and out, with conservative curves that are echoed throughout the silhouette. Rakishly slanted headlights, generous side-view mirrors and a surprisingly wide windshield swoop back into a neatly symmetrical cabin.

IMG_7902But it’s the hard-top convertible roof that commands centre stage. It’s nothing short of a Busby Berkeley production number when this baby opens and closes. Cue the dancing girls, jugglers and elephants. There are eight motors and over 400 moving parts choreographing the roof – the trunk flings itself open, mysterious side hatches jete out, robot arms gracefully reach back, the roof cleaves into several pieces and glides back. And remains exquisitely sequestered until you summon it. Should you only want to unfurl part of this sublimity, you can opt to slide back a generous sunroof. Egads.

A true drama queen, the Eos refused to perform this pageantry in my tiny cramped underground garage. It protested with beeps and flashing red lights. No, it needed wide open spaces, where the flamboyance of this spectacle could be on parade. And for a week, I didn’t need to go to the movies. I didn’t need entertainment. I just sat there, pushed a button, and the Eos put on a show, just for me. Chris Hadfield would have felt right at home. He might be the only person cool enough (except for moi) to be sitting front row centre at this production. Headlight

And so for a week, the Eos delivered me around town on my errands. I would inhale, run my hands over the leather, push buttons, and sigh. It was my Teutonic metrosexual , nattily attired, with every circuit in place. Never mind that the satellite radio wasn’t hooked up. I listened to my iTunes dreamily, trolling around with Brian Ferry, the metrosexual who started it all.

Oh, there was a navi system, backup camera, and of course, every girl’s favourite – keyless entry. No more fumbling in the purse when you want to get going! That’s how I know God is a woman – keyless entry. Could a man have thought of anything that clever?Engine

And lots of pep in that flawlessly executed engine. Looking under the hood, I wanted to applaud. Could anything have fit more seamlessly? Only the Germans could design a Bauhaus engine block. I could have charged admission.

We’ll meet again, the Eos and I.

But next time, both of us will be wearing Gucci.

Rear View

 

17 Comments on "Applause, applause for the Bauhaus Eos convertible"

  1. Christine Peets August 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm · Reply

    Krystyna:

    I think you have the coolest writing gigs. Good for you for following this passion for cars and blending it with your passion to write.

    This looks like it was particularly fun.

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm · Reply

      Christine, I do have a lot of fun with these cars. The Eos was most entertaining to drive around, especially since you’d never know it was such a drama queen just by looking at it! I’m always impressed with what VW comes up with.

  2. Cassi August 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm · Reply

    How do you get to test out all these cars? It sounds like so much fun!

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm · Reply

      Cassi, the car manufacturers are very generous. As an automotive writer, I simply ask for a vehicle and if they have it available in their press fleet, they’ll lend it to me for a week. Of course, I don’t deal with high end or exotic vehicles. It is a lot of fun but also work, because I like to make sure I showcase these cars honestly!

  3. Susan Cooper August 22, 2013 at 5:39 am · Reply

    How fun to ride around even for a month with the top down catching the warm summer breeze. This car looks so fun. I love the color and all the extras that this car sports. 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm · Reply

      Susan, don’t you know it! Driving with the wind in my hair and on my face is just sublime. And there’s just nothing wrong with a red convertible on a gorgeous summer day! I think I drove with the top up, maybe, for five minutes, and that was only because it began to rain. Otherwise, the top was down for the entire week.

  4. Madlemmings August 22, 2013 at 6:24 am · Reply

    Hey Krystyna, what a fun week you had. I must say I have not really seen those here in Europe, but I don’t pay that much attention and with all teh porsches and ferraris in Zurich it’s kinda hard to care about a VW – even though they are great quality cars. People in Zurich have too much money .>

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm · Reply

      Hey Ashley! Don’t blame you for being distracted by those high-end cars – a little VW Eos would get lost easily in that crowd. I’m not sure that the Eos is available in Europe, and if it is, it may well be called something else. I know VW is even more popular over there than it is here in North America, with tons of different models. You may see one yet!

  5. Jeri August 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm · Reply

    Convertibles and I are not friends since I hate wind blowing on me. I don’t even like fans 🙁 But you look like you had a blast, and it’s great to share vicariously in your experiences of taunting us with these great cars you get to test out.

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm · Reply

      Oh, Jeri, I’m sorry to hear it. Well, you wouldn’t have enjoyed driving in the VW with the top down – for you, I would have left it up. And we would have had fun anyways, I just know it!

  6. Debra Yearwood August 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm · Reply

    I laughed out loud at the start of your post. Being a resident of Ottawa, I appreciate the question, but we both know the answer. Who better to appreciate the perks of summer than us snowbound Canadians? There is no part of summer we don’t enjoy to the fullest precisely because we know how fleeting it is. You could have charged me to watch the roof retract and I would have brought my own popcorn. 🙂

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm · Reply

      You know, Debra, we Canucks do make the most of summer because we know it isn’t for long. We pack in as much as we can, every minute! It never ceases to amaze me when I see a convertible – or a boat – parked in someone’s driveway. The season may be short, but that’s why we love it and savour it as we do. You’re welcome to drive shotgun with me any time!

  7. Patricia Weber August 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm · Reply

    You have 4 months a year to enjoy convertible weather?! I’m jealous. That’s almost twice as much as where I am in VA. Sounds like Eos is a top notch red car. My husband and I are car enthusiasts and oh the friends we have met in the hobby. Ferraris are prized more when they are convertibles. It has been a difficult decision when buying them to NOT get one. We’re not in the enviable position as you are of getting to test drive likely a wide variety of autos. So you worry about “Did we make the right decision?” I’m convinced we did. Why? Because we drive the darn car any time of year! Although not in the rain. No not like it is meant to be driven because of a little thing called speed limits, but to enjoy the feel of it taking a corner, the sound of the engine when you press “start engine” and the smell of the leather in it that lasts forever it seems. I’ll rent a convertible if I get that itch that needs to be scratched.

    Patricia Weber, LinkedIn Group BHB

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm · Reply

      Patricia! Lovely to meet a fellow car enthusiast. It’s a fantastic way of meeting like-minded people, for sure, with whom you can swap stories about your loves and adventures. I agree that cars should be driven as much as possible, and not become trailer queens or waste away hiding under tarps. And we push the envelope here – I’ve seen cars with the top down in questionable weather, and you know they’ve got the heater going. Even if you’re just bombing around town doing errands, why not have fun doing it? Life’s too short. Like you say, the smell of leather and motor oil, the thrilling sound of a finely tuned engine, the grip of a gearshift as you’re accelerating – that can turn the most mundane task into a beautiful thing.

  8. Arleen August 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm · Reply

    Krystyna- My husband has a convertible and he treats it like a baby. He will not take it if it rains or snows. It has a hard top that is electrically controlled to go into the trunk when you want the top down. He loves that car so much, I am surprised that he doesn’t take it to bed and throw me out. There is nothing like having the wind blow throw your hair. I think convertibles give you s sense of freedom

    • Krystyna Lagowski August 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm · Reply

      Oh, Arleen, you made me laugh! I’m sure your husband doesn’t love that car *that* much. Driving with the top down does give you an incredible sense of freedom, and truly belonging on the road. You feel more connected to everything, probably because you’re so exposed. But in a thrilling way, of course!

  9. krystle cook August 31, 2013 at 3:26 pm · Reply

    I could never own a convertible. I hate my hair blowing in the wind. It turns into a huge rats nest lol

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