2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Consumer Review: Fun to Drive, not your Grandma

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Fun to Drive, not your Grandma's Corolla
By dean-l on


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


I wanted a small sedan. One test drive of Civic and Corolla and they were out. Those sheep need to look around a little. Mazda3 is a good car and better value, but this one just "felt" like it was built better. I picked the Rabbit over the Jetta because of the chrome on the front and the fake leather seats, I just couldn't do it. The real stuff is better, why bother? Also Rabbits are unusual around here. I've enjoyed the car so far. It really IS fun to drive. Plenty of power. NO exterior "loud & obnoxious" things about it. A real knock out in red. I can't believe this car is not more popular.

Best Features

Horsepower, ride quality, low road & wind noise, quality of interior materials, exterior and interior looks - simple and elegant, feels like an older BMW, the little "Easter eggs" you find and appreciate, ALL of the safety stuff you could want

Worst Features

better interior "rattle" control(Mrs. hears nothing), more feedback from steering, leather steering wheel and shifter would be nice, drop the gray plastic panel on back, better engine noise and exhaust note, fuel economy is poor, massive blind spots, bigger mirrors
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