I am no stranger to European cars- I grew up on BMWs and Audis, and I drove a Volvo for many years- but the little VW Rabbit has stolen my heart and converted me to Vdubs. First of all, it is an incredible value and has a lot of the same features I've seen in more expensive cars. The interior is top notch and surprisingly roomy for a compact car. It's also extremely comfortable on long trips; I've taken many road trips in it and it's just a pleasure to drive. This little Rabbit has a lot of get up and go- maybe it's not as fast as a GTI but it has plenty of power- not to mention the great fuel mileage too!
The top notch interior (love the red and blue interior lights); great fuel mileage; the back seats that fold down - this car is surprisingly roomy; sporty exterior- I get a lot of compliments about it.
There is a big blind spot on either side of the car- if someone is passing you, it's hard to see them. Not a deal breaker for me, just something to be cognizant of.