Probably the best car in America under $25k
Aside from a faulty paintjob, fixed within the first week, there've been no problems with the car.
I should've done my homework. Buying my Saab out of the lease or a new VW Rabbit cost the same. Trying to economize, I picked the Rabbit. My insurance increased by over 1/3 and I've yet to get the 30-35 mpg I typically got with my Saab, 28 is the best I've been able to do.
It loses composure sometimes on bumpy Michigan roads, but I can turn corners faster than most and it generally handles well, especially for a subcompact.
It has good scoot, but sounds awful when pushed. Transmission is excellent.
Seat comfort couldn't be better. Adults comfortable in rear as long as front seat isn't in the rear-most two slots.
Sunroof open/close only require one touch.
Wipers/radio sound adjust for speed. I've had other cars that say they do, but the Rabbit actually does.
Htd mirrors are a nice touch, but I'm having a difficult time remembering to turn them off due to the position of the switch (not really visible when seated).
For stepping down from a 9-3 to a Rabbit, I don't really feel as though I gave up much.
Electronic stability control is very slow to kick in. Dealer says it's normal, but I wonder whether I paid extra for something too slow to matter.
Feels rock-solid, except for some wander on grooved pavement.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th May, 2008