2006 Volkswagen Rabbit Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 Volkswagen Rabbit - Road Test Specs

2006 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback

(2.5L 5-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2006.5
Style4dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$17,620
As-tested MSRP$19,845


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-5
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2.5 liters (2,480cc)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)150 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)170 @ 3,750
Transmission type5-speed manual


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs and integrated stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs and stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric speed-proportional power steering
Tire brandContiPro Contact
Tire modelAll-season
Tire size, front205/55R16 H
Tire size, rear205/55R16 H
Brakes, frontFront ventilated disc - Rear disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.2
0-60 mph (sec.)8.5
0-75 mph (sec.)12.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.3 @ 85.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)34
60-0 mph (ft.)135
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.8
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.5
@ Full throttle (dB)75.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWith ESP off and a 4,000-4,250-rpm launch, the Rabbit can generate a useful amount of wheelspin for a sporty getaway. The gearing is not optimized for a 0-60 run as 2nd gear tops out at only 54 mph. Also, most of the torque and horsepower are used up by 4,000 rpm so there's little point in running the tach to redline. There's a definite coarseness to this and every other five-cylinder engine that makes it sound reluctant to rev.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsThe brake feel is better than the stopping distances would indicate. There's quite a lot of suspension windup under full ABS that releases at a standstill when the pedal is released and the rear of the car drops about 6 inches.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsWith ESP off, the Rabbit feels heavy but well controlled on the skid pad. Unlike the previous Golf, the inside rear tire stays on the ground. Once I learned about the yaw delay in the slalom, I could really get the Rabbit to dance around the cones. While it may look unbalanced, ultimate control was always there and I could always reel the car in from pretty crazy roll/yaw rates.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1121
Temperature (°F)77.7
Wind (mph, direction)10-20

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)22 City/30 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)19
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,858
Length (in.)165.8 in
Width (in.)69.3 in
Height (in.)58.2 in
Wheelbase (in.)101.5 in
Legroom, front (in.)41.2 in
Legroom, rear (in.)35.3 in
Headroom, front (in.)39.3 in
Headroom, rear (in.)38.5 in
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.0 cubic feet
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)N/A


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBrake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driver4 Star
NHTSA crash test, passenger4 Star
NHTSA crash test, side front5 Star
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 Star
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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