Volkswagen Eos tyres

Every now and then a car appears and represents an instant classic in terms of design. The Eos is jolly nearly one of them, for three reasons.

VW Eos

First of all, it’s a fantastic-looking car, with composed lines a striking feature of both old and new models. It’s also that rare thing, a convertible car with four full-size seats, rather than back seats in which the passenger’s kneecaps end up level with their ears. Finally, the Eos’ retractable roof is hard not soft, meaning that it strikes a perfect balance between top-down summer motoring and the refinement of a coupe when the weather’s not so promising.

However, it’s that roof which makes this car, in terms of design, an Icarus which flew too close to the sun. For many owners, the practical problems associated with it far outweigh the car’s plus points. Stories of leaks and floods, in both the passenger cabin and the boot, are not only legion but also something which many VW dealers won’t or can’t really fix.

A further problem for the Eos comes from the enemy within. The car is based on the Golf, for which VW has just launched a totally new soft-top version. Being a Golf, that car’s reliability will be taken for granted, something which hasn’t really been the case for the Eos. Additionally, there’s a substantial weight burden associated with the Eos’ hard roof. A soft top means that the Golf will be 200 Kg lighter, with the associated handling and performance benefits. 200 Kg represents two quite large men, a fair old amount of bulk for the Eos to be lugging about!

The Eos is a car built to cover a large mileage, even if in real terms it won’t often be used for one. As such, your own driving style should be an important consideration in replacement tyre choice. Those who do cover large mileages will have an eye on each replacement option’s fuel economy rating. In contrast, for many Eos owners the safety promised by a good grip rating will be the most important factor. Considering your own mileage, and how hard you drive your Eos, will help you find the right tyres for your car.

For those who do want to push the boat out and fit a performance-based tyre, Goodyear’s Eagle F1 range will tick many boxes. These offer high levels of grip, enough to support on-the-limit cornering and rapid acceleration. In contrast, Bridgestone’s Potenza range, factory-fitted by VW to many Eos models, is more suitable for day-to-day use, boasting excellent strength and durability. These Bridgestone tyres are eclipsed in popularity only by Continental’s SportContact tyres. This is etyres’ best-selling range for the Eos, reflecting its status as a common original equipment tyre for this car. Driven conservatively, these tyres offer longevity and high levels of grip.

Other options worth considering include Pirelli‘s P Zero tyres, another range with original equipment status. The grip of these translates well to the Eos in terms of roadholding and braking safety. Michelin’s Primacy range is also popular as a middle-of-the-road option, while Dunlop’s SportMaxx range will tick boxes for a more sporty driver.

Finally, and even though this verges on the absurd… Uniroyal’s Rain Expert and Rain Sport tyres have proved quite a popular choice with etyres customers for fitting to the Eos. The irony involved in fitting rain tyres to a convertible car is not lost on us – it has a touch of the Two Ronnies about it!