2009 Volkswagen Rabbit

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    24-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    170-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior size
  • Cargo versatility
  • Many standard features
  • Dashboard quality
  • Robust engine

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult backseat entry and exit in two-door
  • Not as inexpensive as competitors' base models

Notable Features of the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit

  • Shares components with Jetta
  • Larger engine, interior than Golf predecessor

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
For 2008, Volkswagen's entry-level Rabbit received more power and a new trim level: the Rabbit S. The compact hatchback is Volkswagen's answer to compact cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The model is relatively unchanged for 2009, but it does lose some features, such as iPod connectivity.

The Rabbit comes in two- or four-door body styles and retains the basic hatchback shape that has made the model famous since its 1974 introduction.


New for 2009
A manual transmission is no longer available in four-door models. A cold weather package is optional on two-door Rabbits and standard on four-door models. Sirius Satellite Radio with a free limited subscription is available on four-door models. The factory-installed iPod adapter offered on 2008 Rabbits is no longer available.

Exterior
The twin-bezel headlights closely resemble those on the Jetta. A body-colored bumper doesn't create a one-piece grille appearance as the chrome units do in other Volkswagens. The Rabbit is 165.8 inches long and 69.3 inches wide; its wheelbase is 101.5 inches.
  • 15-inch wheels standard
  • 16- or 17-inch wheels optional
  • Independent rear suspension


Interior
The Rabbit follows the Jetta and GTI with a three-spoke steering wheel and high-mounted center stack. Cargo volume is 15 cubic feet, and it grows to 46 cu. ft. thanks to a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Rear legroom is 35.3 inches. A fold-flat front passenger seat is also available, allowing the Rabbit to carry longer ...
Vehicle Overview
For 2008, Volkswagen's entry-level Rabbit received more power and a new trim level: the Rabbit S. The compact hatchback is Volkswagen's answer to compact cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The model is relatively unchanged for 2009, but it does lose some features, such as iPod connectivity.

The Rabbit comes in two- or four-door body styles and retains the basic hatchback shape that has made the model famous since its 1974 introduction.


New for 2009
A manual transmission is no longer available in four-door models. A cold weather package is optional on two-door Rabbits and standard on four-door models. Sirius Satellite Radio with a free limited subscription is available on four-door models. The factory-installed iPod adapter offered on 2008 Rabbits is no longer available.

Exterior
The twin-bezel headlights closely resemble those on the Jetta. A body-colored bumper doesn't create a one-piece grille appearance as the chrome units do in other Volkswagens. The Rabbit is 165.8 inches long and 69.3 inches wide; its wheelbase is 101.5 inches.
  • 15-inch wheels standard
  • 16- or 17-inch wheels optional
  • Independent rear suspension


Interior
The Rabbit follows the Jetta and GTI with a three-spoke steering wheel and high-mounted center stack. Cargo volume is 15 cubic feet, and it grows to 46 cu. ft. thanks to a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Rear legroom is 35.3 inches. A fold-flat front passenger seat is also available, allowing the Rabbit to carry longer items.
  • One-touch power windows standard
  • Heated side mirrors standard
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard AM/FM stereo with CD player and auxiliary input jack
  • Standard remote keyless entry
  • Optional moonroof
  • Optional heated front seats


Under the hood
The Rabbit uses a 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque, In the two-door Rabbit, the engine teams with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The four-door loses its manual option for 2009.

Safety
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes standard
  • Active head restraints standard
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags standard
  • Standard electronic stability system



Latest 2009 Rabbit Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Fun, reliable and virtually repair free

by StuartVW from Indian Trail on August 19, 2018

I got my VW Rabbit in 2009 and it has truly been without question the most reliable car I've owned. Other than maintenance there have been zero notable repairs. It's fun to drive and very comfortable ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love VW 09 Rabbit

by Curcer on April 30, 2018

My VW 09 Rabbit was very fun to drive. It looks smaller than it feels when getting inside. A 5-cylinder 2.5L engine was big for a small/compact car: hence it always delivered the power when needed. It ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit S - End of Production October 2008

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
marginal
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Rabbit received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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