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Volkswagen Rabbit

Will a new (old) name the Golf more loveable?

The Volkswagen Golf made its late in 2006, except not called the Golf, it’s the Rabbit. Why the name change? the Golf, despite being the car in Europe for years, has never taken off in America. By renaming the VW hopes to rekindle memories of the durable and economical Rabbits scurried around American back in the late 70s and early Does the new Rabbit have as appeal as the original? Read on. price $15,630, as-tested $20,174, EPA fuel economy 22 MPG city, 30 highway.


You remember the original Volkswagen don’t you? It was one of the first new introduced in 1975 when love affair with the VW was still very much in swing. While other VW like the the Dasher and Sirrocco all but ignored by American motorists, the was a huge hit. Economical, fun to and cheap to buy, it became the import to achieve 100,000 sales. VW introdued a new version in re-named the Golf — but by the love affair was over.

Volkswagen is hoping Americans fall in love with the new the same way they did with the The new Rabbit is fun to drive, but it isn’t economical and it certainly isn’t Prices start at $15,630 for the and almost $18,000 for the 4-door; my car stickered for over $20k. You spend that much on of the Rabbit’s competitors; if you get close you get like leather seats, a system, or an automatic transmission. My car had none of these. It didn’t have a leather-wrapped steering the Rabbit’s wheel is hard Looking around the Rabbit’s I just didn’t see $20,000 of car.

To be fair, some of the value is hidden from Safety features such as torso airbags, side airbags, and antilock brakes standard, though electronic control is optional. Aside the price — and the lousy gas which I’ll talk shortly — I really did the Rabbit.

Continued below.

In the Driver’s

For $20k you’d think the would at least offer a steering wheel. You’d be

Image © Aaron Gold

The is one of several cars built off A-platform; others include the GTI and Eos. Though they on the outside, all have similar and that’s a good thing as far as concerned. Vertically challenged as I am, I the Rabbit’s standard tilt-telescope column, which adjusts in and out as as up and down, and the height-adjustable driver’s Back seats have a amount of room and Volkswagen’s entry front passenger makes rear seat a cinch in the two-door Rabbit.

A big cargo bay (link goes to rounds out the Rabbit’s interior. VW has replaced the old Golf’s Rube trunk latch with a mechanism: Unlock the doors lift up on the bottom of the big VW emblem, and the opens. It looks good (no handle) and it’s easy to

Over-complex controls are a hallmark of cars, so I appreciated the Golf’s simple climate controls. But the stereo was a headache that several trips to the Rabbit’s owner’s manual. The system on my car had iPod connectivity. which all of the iPod’s functions to be controlled the stereo, but the controls didn’t any sense. Who would guess you have to press and hold the CD to engage the iPod’s shuffle And the fact that the stereo display song titles only track numbers, in shuffle mode don’t to the order of the songs on the iPod just makes matters confusing.

On the Road: Wonderful to expensive to fuel

Volkswagen Rabbit

The Rabbit a 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine exclusive to the North American With 150 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of (pulling power), it’s suited to a continent full of who prefer automatic transmissions. driven several VWs with the combo and always found it if a bit noisy and dull. But the 5-speed transmission in my test Rabbit livened things up — the pulls strongly and evenly and really cool when A PZEV (Partial Zero Vehicle) version is available in states.

The main problem with engine is the fuel economy. in mind that most in this class have engines of two liters or less. the fact that most of my driving was on the highway, which boost mileage, I averaged over 25 MPG. Most of the competitors would easily top 30 MPG the same circumstances. So much for the of the Rabbit as an economy car.

On my twisty road, the Rabbit to be a wonderful car to drive fast no surprise, since the Rabbit is the cousin of the GTI. one of my favorite performance cars. The steering felt much better average and the suspension did a great job of body motions under The tires held on nicely and the electronic stability system kept the car going in the intended on those few turns where I in a bit too fast. All in all the Rabbit is very and enjoyable to drive, much so than most of its competitors.

Journey’s End: My forbidden

Rabbit is available as a 2- or 4-door

Image © Aaron Gold

I buy one? Hmmmm. Much as I the driving experience and the hatchback the Rabbit’s high price and fuel economy kind of the purpose of buying a compact car. The punch line is the Rabbit’s high-performance cousin, the which is a much faster actually gets better gas than the economy-minded Rabbit. VW announced whether or not its new diesel due in 2008, will be fitted to the I hope so — a diesel fix the Rabbit’s economy problems in an

The Rabbit faces serious most notably the Honda and Nissan Sentra. Both get better gas mileage and give you car for less money, though are nowhere near as much fun to (The Mazda3. by the way, pretty darn close.) a Rabbit over a Civic or a just wouldn’t make sense. though to tell you the I might just buy the Rabbit — Aaron Gold

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