2009 Volkswagen Rabbit S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
Just went from an 07 Corolla to the 09 Rabbit. Couldn't be happier. Great performing and sounding engine, nice handling with perfect body roll, extremely solid feel on the highway, fun to drive, roomy, excellent safety features, decent (but not great) stereo, nice transmission, and generally good looks make it a winner. The Corolla is a good, but very pedestrian car. The Rabbit literally blows it away in the "fun to drive" category and comes with all the standard safety features that make the difference.
Engine performance and sound, drive stability on highway, heated seats, turn signal, stability control, 4 wheel disc with ABS, interior sound level at speed, fun-factor.
Make the seat belt easier to grab when sitting (or turn off the seatbelt ninny monitor), bigger sideview mirrors, better stereo for 2 door, easier closing glove compartment. more cupholders in the back.