2006 Volkswagen Rabbit 2.5L from North America
Stylish, practical, fast, solidly German feeling car for not much money
Very little has gone wrong, as should be expected for a new car!
A few electrical gremlins that the dealer has not been super responsive about fixing, but nothing truly annoying.
I have piled up the miles on this car in two years, and have largely thought that I got the best value for a new car that I could have gotten...
It is definitely very quick in a straight line, and using the sport mode on the auto transmission gives it a whole different character; in normal drive mode, the engine can feel a bit tractor like as it lugs along in high gear... get the revs up in sport mode, however, and it feels taut and powerful.
Handling is good if you don't push it too hard; it is, after all, NOT a GTI. I did discover, however, that by pushing the button that disables the automatic stability control, the car gets way less loose and squishy feeling... turning off the stability control and using the sport mode on the transmission is a must for mountainous twisty roads.
The car is gorgeous inside for an economy car. The seats are firm, the controls no nonsense and beautiful, and all have a quality feeling. These cars were made in Wolfsburg Germany, and they ooze quality. The seats are not cushy by any means, but they leave my back feeling great for short trips or long.
Gas mileage is so so for a small car. 29 on long trips, but only 20 or so around town.
Overall I do love my Rabbit. I do miss my 1990 Saab 900 Turbo, however, which despite having 130,000 miles when I bought it, still handled ever-so-much-more sportily than this car. But the SAAB was a performance car; I think of my Rabbit as a VERY well appointed and thought out, stylish and reliable car for every person, which is what it is.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th September, 2010