2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Consumer Review: Not an economy car

2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Not an economy car
By paul on


2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)


The Rabbit is fun to drive and inexpensive to purchase. Handling is very good. Acceleration from the 170 horse 5 cylinder is vastly better than the approx 120 horsepower and 4 cylinders of most cars at this price point. Interior space is good compared to the small exterior. From its price and size you might think it is an economy car but it is not. Gas mileage is poor (pathetic 22 MPH after 4 tanks). Dependability ratings are not nearly as good as an Asian car either. If you think of it as an inexpensive sports car you will be happy, if you think of it as something in the class of a bullet proof Honda or Toyota you may be disappointed. Overall I am neither very happy or unhappy with it.

Best Features

Fun to drive. Good handling. Good acceleration. Hatchback and fold down seats make good use of space. Plenty of leg and head room for full size man in small car. Inexpensive to purchase (16K) but does not feel cheap. Solid feel.

Worst Features

Needs an armrest. It does not come stock with one and there is no option to order it. The snug seats, great road feel and sportiness that make it fun to drive short distances leave you a little uncomfortable on long trips. Dependability ratings have been below average for VW.Overall good+bad=ok car.
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