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Volkswagen Rabbit

The Volkswagen you’ve been for

Changes to the 2008 VW Rabbit Golf) include 20 more (to 170) and a tire pressure system. The base Rabbit is a buy at $16,130 (up $500 from year) as it comes with air (as in 6 airbags (as in bump-resistant), and one-touch windows. My Canadian test car was with alloys, electronic control, sunroof, and an exclusive-to-Canada weather package, all for CDN$26,470; $20,295 for a similarly equipped in the US. EPA fuel economy 22 MPG city/29 for the manual, 21/29 with

First Glance: In love

I’ll confess to having in love too many times. with beautiful women who in love with me. I was lucky way. I’ve also in love with a number of cars, trains, boats, mostly. And like the women, I afford to keep them. But is the first time I’ve in love with a rabbit! my Rabbit has four wheels and an doesn’t eat carrots, and shows no to multiply, which is a good as I only possess one parking


I’m in love with Volkswagen for its handsome styling, its design, its build quality, and it is genuinely fun to drive. What’s it won’t drive me to the poorhouse, as a few of other loves did. journalists felt that economy in the 2007 Rabbit was than expected and with a big in power for 2008, little has in that regard. Personally not bothered by such statistics with a 2.5 liter engine 170 horsepower and 177 lb.ft torque, Rabbit runs as if a fox was in full Some buyers, however, prefer a choice between and economy and since Volkswagen has thirsty engines in its European perhaps one of those should be The diesel would be perfect, as has proven in previous Jettas. when making comparisons a Honda Civic or Toyota both of which offer mileage, remember that have much smaller under their hoods.

In the Driver’s Seat: You want it, you got it

yet comforting, the Rabbit’s interior drive me!

Photo © Philip

For a new romance my Rabbit felt familiar. Could it be those genes going all the way back to the My experience with Volkswagens can be to that era when I raced, and drove hillclimbs in a much-modified so I’m inclined to believe heritage does count, if the engine has swapped places the trunk. Anyway, nicely in after bumping my head to a deeply sloped A-pillar of your remarks about my years, please, Aaron), I the utterly simple layout of the radio and climate controls go to photos). In fact the radio and buttons are so large I suspect VW has a lesson regarding ease of

Some critics have that the materials are too dark and but hey, guys, it’s a not a boudoir! At least they’re of quality. The Rabbit’s seats are and supportive though adjustments backrest, lumbar, etc.,) be made manually. The backrest is a large, knurled wheel, an Germanic tradition that people hate but I absolutely (woops, there’s that again!); turning the wheel by means you can adjust the angle just as in a power seat. the driving compartment is spacious and with good sightlines to aid visibility, but forget the $1000 option. No matter how many and open window combinations I buffeting could not be eliminated.

On the Road: Lots of power, of fun

Volkswagen Rabbit

Run, Rabbit, run! And it quickly, with the kind of we once expected from a V-6 and a strong measure of torque below 2000 rpm to redline, the 2008 Rabbit moves so in the mid-ranges that holding the to 5000 or even higher is pointless. Unless, of course, you listening to that engine, is the sweetest-sounding 5-cylinder I’ve since Audi gave us the and Acura copied it with the On the other hand the Rabbit’s is amazingly quiet in normal one reason why the 6-speed automatic actually be a better choice. times during my test I to shift up or down, simply there was no engine noise to me. And yes, I’m aware of the (the most wasted in modern automobildom; I wonder how average non-enthusiast drivers a clue what it’s for?).

The other reason I’d opt for the has to do with my old boy racer tendencies, a car with an engine that so eagerly encourages risky That said, if you’re one of who must shift manually, be this box is slick and accurate, short throws from to gear. And if you’re also one who how to heel-and-toe, the Rabbit’s pedals are placed. A fully-independent suspension optional electronic stabilisation meant the Rabbit slashed the curves on my favorite riverside like a snake with its on fire.

Journey’s End: fun

From the rear it could be an SUV or a but it’s a car (thank goodness!) a practical hatch

Photo © Philip Powell

of laments for past loves and about how much fun the Rabbit is to I would like to reassure our viewers that it is utterly practical, and safe for families concerned about basic than dashing through roads like a man who, to Nietsche, still hides a inside him that wants to So please forgive my exuberance. I did pay to things that matter, as a generous hatch area 60/40 split-folding rear and a front passenger seat folds flat in case you home a new kitchen counter. head restraints and side-impact and curtain airbags also standard.

Those who sit in the back find more than leg, head, and elbow along with adjustable vents, door pockets and storage plus, yes, goodness, a pair of cupholders to those in front! (Slight of sarcasm from someone who that drinking and driving is risky. But then, my commute to only goes from to shared bedroom office.) If I young again this is the car buy for my family to feel comfortable and for me to race driver when safely at home, which I did those Beetles. The Rabbit is not an economy car, it’s a family car with a dual My only beefs were the sunroof and front seat not enough to prevent me from in love all over again. tried to kiss a Rabbit? Philip Powell

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