I'm now the daily driver of our 2007 4-Door Rabbit and just absolutely blown-away by it. We've had no major mechanical issues with it, ever. I just had spark plugs and a few things replaced and suddenly it is driving like new. For a car under $19k, the handling and acceleration is fantastic. It is bigger than our previous Golf and more solid overall. The engine, I'm told, borrows from a Lamborghini design. I'm not a racer but this is a quick car.
Also room enough for groceries and two kids. A bit tight for a long road trip, but doable.
The interior is very nice, almost a luxury feel. Audi-like. The red display achieves great visibility on the dash and the controls are well placed.
Sound system with CD changer is decent, not going to knock you out. I love that it plays MP3 CDs, so I usually load it up with 6 CDs of 3-4 albums each. That's a lot of music.
Seats are comfortable and quite adjustable. I am 6'2" and have plenty of headroom.
Sunroof is a must. Alloy wheels give this a bit of style.
Handling is exceptional, tighter and more responsive than you'd expect. Makes me wonder what the hype is about the GTI.
There's a weird feature where the bass booms at stoplights. It's bizarre.
Otherwise, this is one of the best cars I've owned, if not the best.