Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 11, 2007


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)

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Volkswagen Rabbit 2-door manual ($14,990); 2-door automatic ($16,065); 4-door manual ($16,990); 4-door automatic ($18,065)
Engines:150-hp 2.5-liter dohc 20-valve inline-5
Transmissions:5-speed manual; six-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):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
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Wolfsburg, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Volkswagen Rabbit 4-door automatic ($18,065)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):power sunroof ($1,000); ESP ($450); 16-inch wheels with all-season tires and full-size spare ($400); XM Satellite Radio ($375)
Destination charge:$630
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$20920
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.5-liter dohc 20v I5
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):150 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):170 @ 3750
Transmission:6-speed automatic with Tiptronic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:22/30 mpg
Wheelbase:101.5 in.
Length/width/height:165.8/69.3/58.2 in.
Track, f/r:60.6/59.8 in.
Turning circle:35.7 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.3/NA/41.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:38.5 /NA/ 35.3 in.
Cargo volume:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent
Suspension, r:independent
Ground clearance:5.4 in.
Curb weigth:3137 lbs.
Tires:disc/disc with ABS, traction control; electronic stability program
Brakes, f/r:N/A
Fuel capacity:14.5 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 11, 2007.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: (800) 374-8389 -