• (4.2) 14 reviews
  • Available Prices: $3,617–$9,509
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 24-25
  • Engine: 170-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2009 Volkswagen Rabbit

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Reviews

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


Consumer Reviews

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by Ben L from Shorewood, WI on October 17, 2017

I purchased my Rabbit with 75000 miles on it. In my first 20,000 miles I have only had to make 2 minor repairs. I replaced the exhaust and the upper strut mounts, other than that it has been a little ... Read Full Review

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2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Rabbit S - End of Production October 2008

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Rabbit S - End of Production October 2008

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
M
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/36,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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