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2007 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback - Overview

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$14,990 – $18,185 MSRP

$14,378 – $17,628 Invoice

22 / 30 MPG City/Hwy

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Power Circle Ratings

Overall Quality 2.0

Overall Performance and Design 4.0

Overall Dependability 2.0

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2007 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback

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Overview

What's New
The car formerly known as the Golf made its fifth-generation debut in mid-2006 as the Rabbit. It features a 5-cylinder engine and choice of 2- and 4-door hatchback body styles. For 2007, the Rabbit adds three new exterior colors-red, white, and grey-but is otherwise unchanged.

Overview
Volkswagen first launched the Rabbit in the United States in the mid-1970s, and their timing couldn't have been better: rocked by oil shortages, the country that fell in love with the Beetle eagerly embraced the small, fuel-efficient, front-drive Rabbit. When the second generation appeared, Volkswagen reverted to the car's European name, Golf. Golf sales boomed in Europe but waned in America. VW was in the midst of an effort to move its brand image up-market, but most American buyers regarded hatchbacks as entry-level cars. The Jetta sedan flourished while Golf sales skidded.

In an attempt to re-kindle America's love affair with affordable VWs, Volkswagen has brought back the Rabbit name and affixed it to the latest iteration of the Golf, which was introduced in mid-2006. Like the Jetta, which uses the same "A5" platform, the new Rabbit is powered by a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine that delivers 150 hp and 170 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual or 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.

The Rabbit is available in a single trim level; standard equipment includes air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and locks, a CD player, anti-lock brakes, front seat-mounted side air bags, and two-row side curtain air bags. Four-door models add a CD changer, heated front seats and washer nozzles, floor mats, body-color trim bits in place of the 2-door's black plastic, and a few other items. Electronic stability control is available as an option on both models. The Rabbit carries a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty with 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage.

The Competition
The Volkswagen Rabbit competes in the Compact Conventional segment, which consists of 20 models. Buyers in this segment look for fuel economy, reliability, and safety, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM

The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Toyota Corolla (328,699 units sold), Honda Civic (316,638), and Chevrolet Cobalt (211,449). The Volkswagen Rabbit sold 16,901 units in 2006 in its first year on the market. Other models offered in the Compact Conventional segment include the Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Jetta, and Saturn Ion. Joining the segment in 2007 are the Pontiac G5 and Suzuki SX4.

Available Trims for the 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
2-Door (M5) 5 speed manual $14,990 150-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl 22/30
4-Door (M5) 5 speed manual $17,110 150-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl 22/30

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