The 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit hatchback aims to please young drivers with its budget-conscious price and upscale European design. The Rabbit is the U.S. version of the Volkswagen Golf, and it uses the same platform as the well-loved Jetta. Since the Rabbit is a bit larger than the Golf, it offers more interior space, particularly more headroom and back-seat legroom.
Drivers looking for decent performance, plenty of standard features with an upscale feel, and a roomy interior appreciate the 2007 Rabbit.
Body Styles: two-door hatchback, four-door hatchback
Engines: 2.5-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: Volkswagen Rabbit, Volkswagen Rabbit PZEV
The 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit adds an auxiliary audio jack, allowing drivers to hook up their MP3 players. An iPod adapter and tire-pressure monitor become available as options.
Two-door and four-door versions of the Rabbit hatchback hit the market for 2007. Besides this, the two versions of the 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit look the same. Standard features include 15-inch wheels, heated mirrors, and keyless entry. Optional features include 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels, a ground effects kit, and a sunroof for the four-door Rabbit.
The 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit boasts a luxurious interior. Standard features include cruise control, power windows and locks, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The two-door hatchback features a CD player and auxiliary audio jack along with six-way adjustable front seats that slide forward easily for access to the rear seats. The four-door version upgrades to a six-disc CD changer and also includes heated front seats with eight-way manual adjustment, an armrest for the rear seats, and upgraded cloth upholstery. Overall, drivers get 15 cubic feet of cargo space, which increases significantly with the rear seats folded down.
Performance & Handling
The 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine in the 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit pairs with a standard five-speed manual transmission to produce 150 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. Volkswagen also offers a six-speed automatic transmission as an option. Overall, drivers can expect satisfactory acceleration, though nothing particularly exciting, and a comfortable ride.
Drivers should note that the new multilink rear suspension improves the Rabbit’s ride quality on bumpy roads. However, electric assist power steering takes away from the model’s previously communicative steering feel.
Standard safety features for the 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front seat-mounted side airbags, and full-length head curtain airbags. The four-door Rabbit also offers seat-mounted side airbags for the rear seats. Stability control and a tire-pressure monitor remain optional for both Rabbit variations.
In NHTSA crash tests, the 2007 Rabbit earns four out of five stars for frontal tests and five stars for side-impact tests. It also earns a ""Good"" score from the IIHS for occupant protection in frontal-offset and side-impact collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Volkwagen Rabbit: 19/28 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable ride
- Safety features
- Spacious and luxurious interior
- Good build quality
You Won't Like
- Expensive options
- Not as sporty as expected
A good option for an economy hatchback.
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