2006 Volkswagen Rabbit User Reviews
- $5,735 - $6,125
- No trim specified for this review
- Standard 6-disc CD changer, standard ABS, great room in back and rear storage
- Cruise control too close to turn signal; wiper functions confusing
My wife and I tested this versus a Beetle � the Jetta was out of our price range. We were fans of the Beetle from the outside, but once we tested it it was surprisingly cramped and not as cute inside.
Once we got in what turned out to be our Rabbit, we knew this was the right car. The turning radius was even better than the Mercedes 190E we were trading in, and driving and braking were both dynamite. Sometimes in a German-built car (this is one of the few VWs available in the U.S. and still built in Germany) the ride is good but bumps make for a boxy ride. That's not the case in this car. You experience the very best in German engineering, rivaling VW's pricier models and certainly the rides of other German brands: BMW, Mercedes, etc.
Inside and out, picture a smaller version of the Toureg � obviously with better fuel economy. I wouldn't say it lives up to 22 MPG city, but it's close. I love that even before adjusting seat height, you have great visibility and really are up higher than comparable models from other brands, ie Honda and Toyota. The car is incredibly zippy. Our residential speed limit is 30-35 and the car jumps to 40+, so you need to watch your foot. Same with highway driving; the speed limit here is 60-65 and it will do 75+ easily. Part of the problem here, if you could call it that, is that the cabin is extremely quiet at all speeds.
Our color is sage green � basically a gray � and we love it. The construction is the same as what you see in the latest Jetta commercials, where the guys are getting smashed from the front and side. The door panels consist of a steel-enforced zigzag pattern, so if you're hit, the panel will crumple into itself, and not into the car. Also, the coating under the hood is made to fall on the engine in case of a fire, so there's no need to run away from the car or attempt to douse an engine fire with water. Also, in the event of a head-on collision, the engine is made to drop down under the chasis instead of go in to the cabin. The rabbit is extremely well thought out!
All in all, a great small car with a surprisingly large amount of space inside that gets better-than-average gas mileage, and will get you where you need to go quickly.
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