The 2009 Volkswagen GTI hatchback offers an optional Thunderbunny Package featuring sportier body and exhaust styling. Offering a choice of two doors or four, VW's GTI MkV hatchback packs a load of fun and value into its compact body. The front-wheel-drive VW GTI is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged direct-injected four-cylinder engine that churns out 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, coupled to a standard six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed automated manual called DSG is optional. EPA fuel-economy estimates are good for 21 mpg city/31 mpg hwy and 25 mpg in combined driving with the standard six-speed manual, while DSG-equipped trim levels are rated at 22/29/25 mpg. Volkswagen GTI standard features include a sport-tuned suspension, integrated rear spoiler, premium 10-speaker audio system with an in-dash CD changer, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, seating for up to five passengers and 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Standard safety equipment for the VW GTI features antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.Read more Read less
Both the VW Rabbit and the sporty GTI model see few changes for 2009. The 4-door Rabbit is available in automatic only, while the electronic stabilization program (ESP) becomes standard across the Rabbit line. A power sunroof is available on 2-door Rabbits, as is the Cold Weather Package. The biggest change in the GTI takes place in the engine, where the 2.0L is now chain-driven rather than belt-driven. Power output remains the same. Silver has been dropped as a color, and a new navigation system is available. Volkswagen's electronic stabilization program (ESP) is now standard.
Practical hatchback design; 2- and 4-door bodystyle options; generous standard safety equipment; low price of entry; GTI's impressive performance numbers
The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit's standard 5-cylinder engine offers more torque and responsiveness than many other rival 4-cylinder engines, and the Rabbit offers a wealth of standard equipment, plus more safety features than most other cars in its price range. Meanwhile, the GTI models bring perky performance and great handling to the same practical hatchback body style for a price that leads the compact car class.