For 2009, the four-door Volkswagen Rabbit is now equipped with a standard six-speed automatic transmission, while all trims get standard stability control. Available with either two or four doors, the five-passenger VW Rabbit compact hatchback is powered by a 2.5L five-cylinder engine that pushes out 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the two-door Rabbit, with a six-speed automatic optional, but the four-door Rabbit comes with a mandatory automatic. EPA fuel economy estimates for an automatic-transmission Rabbit are 21 mpg city/29 mpg hwy and 24 mpg in combined driving. Both the two- and four-door VW Rabbit come with standard safety features that include antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length head curtain airbags; however, rear-seat side airbags are optional on the four-door. Fun to drive yet practical, too, Volkswagen Rabbit photos and 360 views show all of the value that is offered for a relatively low price.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.