This is the first VW I have owned and my previous car was a '91 Honda Accord. I love the preformance of the 2.5L engine paired with the manual transmission. The interior is deceptively roomy to me (6'2"). The quality of construction is the best that I have seen from all of the car companies I have shopped (Dodge, Chevy, Honda, Toyota). This car is by far exceptional in quality, options, and preformance for the price.
I love the number of options that come standard. It is amazing compared to the standard options that are offered by other car companies. The base VW Rabbit model comes with more features than what Honda Civics come with when "well equipt."
The only improvments I can see for this car is better fuel economy. It's not bad by any means, however I wish I could get around 35 mpg highwa and 30 city.