I previously had a 2002 VW GTI and loved the car. The only reason that I didn't go with the GTI but with the Rabbit is because there is no 4-door on the GTI (I know they have it in Europe). In my opinion it is the best car in its class. It looks great, feels solid, drives sporty, has a roomy and classy interior.
I love this car's 170lb.ft torque, 150HP 5cyl engine, 6-speed auto transmission with manual mode, 10 speaker / 6 CD sound system with Sirius radio, sporty seats, and how all four windows have auto up/down.
Improve the gas mileage and give it a color keyed rear bumper.