The all-new Volkswagen Rabbit is a quick and perky vehicle with enough power to make it fun to drive. Its steering and suspension give it a nice balance of smooth ride and responsive handling and help the driver maneuver safely in emergency situations. The hatchback design provides practicality and flexibility that make the Rabbit an attractive option in its price class.
New Car Test Drive correspondent Larry Edsall filed this report from Phoenix, Arizona. Volkswagen Rabbit 2-door manual ($14,990); 2-door automatic ($16,065); 4-door manual ($16,990); 4-door automatic ($18,065)
dual front airbags, front-seat side (thorax) airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, anti-lock brakes with traction control, child safety rear door locks, LATCH (child-seat securing) system, three-point safety belts for all five seating positions
Safety equipment (optional):
Electronic Stability Program; rear-seat side (thorax) airbags (on four-door model), tire-pressure monitor
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Volkswagen Rabbit 4-door automatic ($18,065)
velour upholstery, air conditioning, dual chrome exhaust tips, tinted glass, dual-reflector halogen headlamps, power mirrors with turn signal indicators, 15-inch wheels, intermittent wipers, anti-theft alarm system, height-adjustable front center armrest, cruise control, floor mats, lighted glove box, lighted luggage compartment, power windows, remote locking, automatic door locks (at 8 mph), lighted vanity mirrors, power outlet in cargo area, 10-speaker premium audio with MP3 reader and AM/FM and six-CD changer, 8-way manually adjustable height and reach front seats with power recline for driver's seat and manually adjustable angle, adjustable lumbar support for front seats, fold-flat front passenger seat, 60/40 split folding rear seat with center armrest, height-adjustable and telescoping steering column, 4 tie-down hooks in cargo area, velour seat fabric, rear-passenger ventilation
Options as tested (MSRP):
power sunroof ($1,000); ESP ($450); 16-inch wheels with all-season tires and full-size spare ($400); XM Satellite Radio ($375)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.5-liter dohc 20v I5
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
150 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
170 @ 3750
6-speed automatic with Tiptronic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
38.5 /NA/ 35.3 in.
disc/disc with ABS, traction control; electronic stability program
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of April 11, 2006.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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