Used 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback Consumer Reviews - 37 Car Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback

Average Consumer Rating

37 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific Rabbit model:

Sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
hope its not a lemon
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By vin
on

Vehicle

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


Review

Just purchased brand new rabbit 2009 5 min after leaving dealership check engine light goes on when trying to merge on the highway car lost power pressing gas & car actually slowing down lasted almost a minute not long but very scary just the same. Drove it back to dealership they gave a rented car while they diagnose the problem not a good start especially since its brand new I'm hoping this is the first and last problem..


Best Features

ride handling leather steering wheel feel xenon headlights


Worst Features

reliability?


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Re Knock Sensor issue
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By derblederb
on

Vehicle

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)


Review

I was looking for a little hatchback. I picked the Rabbit over the Mazda 3 and Imprezza because it was more fun driving, cost less, and is supposed to get a little better mileage. It also got great CR ratings. I've had four people in it a few times and there seems to be enough room. The car reminds me of the civic hatchbacks from the early 90s.


Best Features

It is pretty maneuverable and responsive like you expect from a little car, but it is really smooth on the highway.


Worst Features

I just had the same problem a couple other people here reported. Just after turning over 600 miles the car started rev-limiting at 3000rpm. Then a couple miles later the check-engine light came on. The shop says the knock sensor needs to be replaced. Not a good sign for a 1 month old car.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Auotbahn Bunny
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By roymich
on

Vehicle

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback S PZEV 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


Review

This bunny is a fun and comfortable ride even at German autobahn speeds (+100mph). The bunny is just as roomy as my '03 Passat and easier to park in Europe's tight parking garages. I had one rough start on a chilly morning (+5F), maybe that Knock sensor acting up, don't know for sure because it cleared itself up in a few seconds. I was soaked getting in once by water pooled on the roof, run-off made it too my arm and leg before I could close the door. Need to be mindful of passenger side rear blind spot.


Best Features

Heated seats! Fantastic headlights. Intermittent rear wiper. Tiptronic. Jumping Rabbit insignia.


Worst Features

Make 1.4, 1.6, liter and turbo diesel engines for USA. "Golf" models for Euro drivers get twice the mpg!! Passat 1.8T gets 5-10 mpg more, with same power! Clearer front wipers. Amber rear turn signals. More fun exterior color options.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Re Knock Sensor issue
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By lawr9349
on

Vehicle

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)


Review

I have driven 10,000 kms since Sep 2008 and I generally find my Rabbit fun to drive. On 4 separate occasions though I have had the experience of putting my foot on the accelerator and got ZERO response. Fortunately, to date, this has only occurred from idle (ie car was stationary). Having read your review I will take it to the dealership again and ask them to check the Knock Sensor. Thanks


Best Features

Good handling. Fun to drive. Heated seats.


Worst Features

Ride can be a little rough. Tend to feel every bump. Gas mileage not great.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Highly Recommended
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By KellyOConnor
on

Vehicle

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


Review

The Rabbit is a very enjoyable car to drive. I've put 8000+ miles on it so far and find it both comfortable and fun. The torque supplied in the low range is a great change from most newer cars that save the power to above 5000rpms. My wife and I fight over driving this car daily, rather than the SUV we have.


Best Features

The loads of standard features (sat radio, seat warmers, etc) and the excellent engine.


Worst Features

The doors only lock externally with the remote or by putting the key in the lock; you can't hit the lock button when the door is open. Drives me nuts sometimes. The traction control isn't as responsive on snow and ice compared to other small cars I've driven recently.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Other Vehicles to Consider

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT