Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The footwells are noticeably wide - smaller drivers may find they have to adopt a cowboy-style driving position: the pedals and clutch-foot rest are widely spaced. But otherwise it's easy to find a comfortable driving position with a highly adjustable seat and a steering wheel that adjusts for reach and height. With the roof up, visibility is restricted - especially out of the back.

It's a situation that's not helped when there are two adults in the back. The interior is exceptionally upmarket though, with the subtle use of chrome and pleasant looking - and feeling - plastics. It's a delight to use too, with large user-friendly buttons that click reassuringly into place. It's a shame then that it's so bland, especially considering this is supposed to be a stylish convertible.

A metal folding roof isn't unusual in convertibles this size, but the Eos has an elaborate five-piece mechanism, which has allowed Volkswagen to fit a lower and more upright windscreen than similar cars. This means visibility is excellent but also results in a spacious cabin and excellent headroom, even for taller drivers. The roof also features a glass panel which makes for a light and airy interior, no matter what the weather.

There's a substantial amount of rear legroom, which is rare in this type of car, and means that two adults can sit comfortably in the back. At town speeds it's possible to hold a conversation when the roof is down without shouting, but on windy days, driving on faster roads or when you don't have the rear wind deflector in place, it can be a blustery experience.