A reassuring, solid ride with all the peppiness you'd expect from a car that calls itself a Rabbit. I've been a long-time Civic driver and the ride quality of the Rabbit really impresses me. The Rabbit is a very refined car and an excellent value for the money. On the downside, fuel economy is not super.
Exterior styling: VW makes a nicer-looking hatchback than any other maker that I've seen, and the Rabbit is even better than the Golf. Interior features: traction control/ESP, heated seat.
A pop-able trunk gate. The gear ratios could be better, or a 6-speed; there's no reason for a car with a 2.5 L engine should be revving at >3000 rpm at normal highway speeds.