In general, I'm pretty happy with this car. I had a problem with a rattle at the top of the dash, but the dealership fixed it without charge. Quite a bit of tire noise-probably the 17" wheels. The door mirrors are quite small so you have to adjust them perfectly-used to hate this but not anymore. No reliability issues at all. Handling is very solid-buckled down generally, but a bump in a turn will upset the chassis. Great safety with all the airbags and traction/stability. The cabin feels very open with high roofline-very nice visibility. Comfortable even for the long haul. Generally a joy to drive. At this price point the Rabbit can't be beat. Would like power/DSG/handling of a GTI though
The ergonomics are top notch. The layout of the controls is very intuitive. Feels very solid - both handling and build wise. Has a lot of storage room - fold down the back seats and be amazed. Nice to be able to shift semi-manually to get best performance and mileage. Aux jack is amazing...love it!
Wish steering wheel would telescope out more-I have long legs so to get the wheel where I like it means cramping my legs. Want rev-matching on Tiptronic and for it not to up/down shift automatically even in manual mode. For size and power, the gas mileage is bad-I get 23mpg combined without AC on.
As a 6' 4" enthusiast, my requirements are elbow room and fun to drive. This car fills the bill! I have had several VWs,and many others in the compact class since 1955, and this 2007 2.5 is the best overall! Solid and secure at ANY SPEED. By far the best overall combination of features and useful sophistication per dollar. This car is better than the maker says it is. Brakes and handling as delivered are outstanding, the engine and driveline give performance well ahead of its price class. If this 2.5 were available with the 6-speed manual, it would be a best buy by far!
Ergonomics and ride quality are in a very high class all by themselves. Build quality is totally above reproach! The flat torque curve and good gear ratios get this car going with no fuss.
I do not know why this people are saying bad thinks about this car!!! i was reading the reviews and ohh man.. i have never seen anything like that on my car. Good Performance, the Torque is great for this car. It handles pretty good. not problems with this car at all. Also, the oil change, you can do it in several places, like Goodyear, good people, good price for a synthetic oil. the brakes are really good, it could be better, but i cant complain. even i have driven my Stock Rabbit into a track race and it performs really good in corners. If you really take care of your car, and drive it responsible, you will receive response back from it!!! Love it!
Got this car 2 yrs. ago, now it's got 26,000 miles on it. It has been a great a little car, there are not problem so far, it gets 28 mpg on a 50 hwy & 50 city. Do my own oil change at every 5000 miles to save money. This car gets up and go love it.
I have 58,000 miles on my 07 Rabbit and I have not had to make a single repair. For its size, the car rides well. Engine noise is noticeable and often enjoyable. I find the 6 speed automatic quite smooth. No problems with brakes, bass flare, weird electronics or any of the stuff I read here. I have a 48 inch rack and put 4 kayaks on it! What a car!
It is a bunch of fun to drive - cornering, acceleration, etc. Stereo is great, seats very comfy and heated, like the interior lights. . . .
Ipod jack in the glove box is dumb. Find an independent mechanic who works on VWs. Parts are very expensive.