I'll admit that the Eos wasn't my first choice. I actually wanted a Mustang but the wife decided she didn't want a cloth roof.
I traded in a '95 red Mustang GT convertible that I owned for 12 years for my Eos. The Mustang only had 25,000 and looked perfect. Head to head with the Eos styling, in my opinion, the Mustang won hands down. It was just a good car to arrive somewhere in if people were watching me drive in. I put about 2000 miles a year on the car (mainly in the summer.)
In truth, the car was not fun to drive. Very uncomfortable due to the smallish interior. I had the seat all the way back and my knees still rubbed the dash when driving. I briefly flirted with getting an '04 when the new body style came out as the interior was just slightly bigger, but not enough to close the deal.
Then this past October, I went to the local Auto Show and saw the Eos for the first time. I never heard of it before this or perhaps I heard that it was a VW and thus, discounted it. When I saw it, it was love at first sight. I went home and thought about it for a couple of weeks. Finally, I ventured down to my local VW dealer just to take a closer look and see if I liked it as much as I thought. The dealer gave me a set of keys to one and told me to give it a spin for as long as I wanted. I was only out of his lot about a block away and I was hooked.
There just isn't any comparison to how the Eos drove compared to my Mustang. Lot's of head room and leg room for starters. Seemed to corner and just ride about 500% better than my Mustang. Snappy acceleration, great gas mileage and just a great ride. Couldn't be happier with the car. As soon as I got back to the lot, I picked out the Eismeer Blue and was on my way with it in a couple of hours. My only problem with my Eos is that I like to drive it TOO much. I've already put 2000 miles on the clock in 2 months whereas 2000 miles was my yearly Mustang mileage. I try to put our "garbage" miles on our '06 Prius which I don't like driving period.
I'm not sure the car is suited for a one car family due to the limited utility, but for a second car, it really shines in my opinion. I think if you gave the Mustang a second look, you would see that the Eos is much better and certainly, much more fun to drive.
I do agree with you about too much chrome up front.