The Rabbit took over the Golf’s spot and isn’t looking back anytime soon. It is basically a hatchback version of the Jetta. With its solid look, roomy interior and responsiveness; it’s a win win for both Volkswagen and of course the consumer. With its German engineering and design taken from the 1970’s it makes this Rabbit a one of a kind.

Rabbit Key Features

  • 2.5L 5-cylinder, 170 horsepower at 177 lbs ft. of torque
  • 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with sport mode and Tiptronic
  • 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway
  • Crash Optimized Front End
  • ABS as well as other braking systems

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The Volkswagen Rabbit is virtually a hatchback that comes in either 2 or 4 doors. Here are a few things that come standard on the 2 door Rabbit: 15 inch wheels, a tilt steering wheel, and a 10 speaker stereo system.

For the 4 door trim, things are a little flashier. Some of these features include upgraded exterior trim, heated windshield washer nozzles, velour upholstery instead of the standard cloth, heated front seats and an upgraded sound system with a six CD changer and satellite radio.

Powertrains and Performance

A plus for the 2 door Rabbit is that it offers a 5 speed manual and a 6 speed automatic. The 4 door only comes in automatic. The Rabbit’s power is very unusual for a small compact car; it is one of the most powerful compacts on the market.


The 2 door and 4 door Rabbit’s both come with front side airbags and full curtain airbags. Rear side airbags are optional on the 4 door. In safety crash tests, the Rabbit received 4 out of 5 stars as well as the highest possible rating for the IIHS testing.

Interior Design and Special Features

It’s not the outside of the Rabbit that wins us over, it’s the inside. The instrument panels light up with blue LEDs. The Rabbit also features a 60 to 40 split folding rear seat which is very convenient if you are driving with any passengers.