I purchased the 2 dr Sage Green, ABS/ESP only, w/15" steel wheels: the basic model. The ride is smooth and competent in the corners at all speeds. The engine puts out a throaty growl during accel. The pickup is superb (150 hp, 170fp of tq.), and highway cruising is excellent, with plenty of power reserve for quick escapes or conversely, with surefooted 4-wheel disk brakes to slow you down on a dime. The interior is well thought out, with driver's controls well-placed. The console lighting is especially stylish at night. Seating adjustments for a variety of driver sizes is excellent, the headroom being the most obvious. Passengers do not miss out. Folding rear seats increase cargo space.
The Rabbit has numerous standard features only available as pricy extras on comp cars in its class. Best int: night illumination. Best ext: dlippery (.32) and sleek design. Mirror mounted turn sigs. Best perf: super torque/hefty brakes for city driving. Best eng: PZEV. Best of all: price.
The MPG is a bit low when compared with my 10yr old Sentra, but the competent ride and strong engine make up for it in driving pleasure. The 2 dr cannot be ordered with: sunroof, heated seats, center armrest, 6-disc CD that the 4dr has room for. Bummer.