2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
I love my new Rabbit. The lease on my 2004 Passat was up, and I was tired of paying for premium gas, so I tried the Rabbit and loved the way it felt. Although it is in a different class (economy vs. midsize), I find it sportier and more agile than my 04 Passat, but it doesn't ride quite as well. The new boost in horsepower gives it plenty of power to get out of the way. It has enough interior room for most needs, although the family would probably be more comfortable in my wife's minivan. The build quality appears to be very good. Overall, another great product from Volkswagen.
Six speed tiptronic is an improvement over the 5 speed automatic in my old Passat. Also, no turbo lag!
The sound from the stereo/CD player is only mediocre. I loved the Monsoon system in my Passat and this really doesn't compare. I would have paid extra for an upgraded system, but it wasn't available. Also, the nose level (tire sound very audible) could be reduced somewhat.