The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit's standard 5-cylinder engine offers more torque and responsiveness than many other rival 4-cylinder engines, and the Rabbit offers a wealth of standard equipment, plus more safety features than most other cars in its price range. Meanwhile, the GTI models bring perky performance and great handling to the same practical hatchback body style for a price that leads the compact car class.
Practical hatchback design; 2- and 4-door bodystyle options; generous standard safety equipment; low price of entry; GTI's impressive performance numbers
Volkswagen's entry-level Rabbit hatch and its performance-oriented variant, the GTI, share a platform and most body components and as a result, are both available in 2- or 4-door bodystyles.
The Rabbit is powered by a 170-horsepower, 2.5L 5-cylinder engine; in 2-door models it is available with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, which has a Sport mode, while the 4-door Rabbit is available only with the automatic.
The GTI may share a lot of DNA with the Rabbit, but it features a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 200 horsepower as well as improved efficiency over the unit found in the Rabbit. The GTI's engine is paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or an available Direct Shift 6-speed automated manual dual-clutch transmission. The manual-transmission-equipped GTI is rated at 32 mpg on the highway.
The Rabbit comes with a wide range of standard equipment for a low-priced small car, including air conditioning, power heated mirrors, cruise control, power windows, locks, and mirrors and an 8-speaker CD stereo system. An electric power steering system helps bring crisp handling and easy maneuverability in parking lots. Volkswagen's electronic stabilization program (ESP) is now standard on all Rabbits and GTIs.
The GTI comes with plenty of additional performance and convenience equipment, including 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tips, vented front disc brakes, a sport suspension, special appearance cues, alloy pedals and sport seats. Xenon headlamps, keyless entry and a 6-CD/10-speaker stereo system are among the included extras.
Both the Rabbit and the GTI offer generous standard safety features. Front side and full-length curtain air bags and anti-lock brakes are standard on both, as well as Volkswagen's electronic stability program.
Both the VW Rabbit and the sporty GTI model see few changes for 2009. The 4-door Rabbit is available in automatic only, while the electronic stabilization program (ESP) becomes standard across the Rabbit line. A power sunroof is available on 2-door Rabbits, as is the Cold Weather Package.
The biggest change in the GTI takes place in the engine, where the 2.0L is now chain-driven rather than belt-driven. Power output remains the same. Silver has been dropped as a color, and a new navigation system is available. Volkswagen's electronic stabilization program (ESP) is now standard.
Vehicle Price: 17,000.00
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