I am extremely satisfied with my 2008 VW Rabbit. It is peppy, pretty good on gas mileage, and doesn't look to bad either. I found that oil changes at the dealer are a little higher than expected (in my area they want $79.99) but I am sure I can find a shop I trust more, that will cost me less. If you are doing research on this car, you will be able to find a lot of independent reports, and you can�t beat the value for the money. One of the best advantages of this car is that it is still made in Germany!
I purchased a 2007 VW Rabbit in November of 2007. I've had it for almost a year now and couldn't be happier with my decision. The Rabbit has a fun, unique and practical design that picks up where the Golf left off. It has great pick-up, coming in handy during zippy lane changes and highway merges. I can also speak for it's comfort, as I took it on a road trip from Colorado to Washington. My 6' 7" boyfriend fits comfortably in it, with plenty of leg and head room. The heated seats come in handy for the winter, as do the side view mirror defrosters. Speaking of inclement weather, the Rabbit performs better than I expected. Living in Colorado, my Rabbit has survived snow and ice quite well, thanks to the front-wheel drive and anti-spin control features. It also held up well during the bouts of rain we faced whilst traveling in Oregon and Washington. I have the 4-door model and am happy with the amount of space. I now have the convenience of 4 doors, while still driving around in a moderately compact car. There's great storage space all around. There's even extra cup holder spaces hiding on the inside of the driver and passenger doors (in addition to the regular cup holders). The blue and red lighting on the dash makes for a unique and somewhat intoxicating display when driving at night. During the aforementioned road trip, I was able to get about 35-36 mpg on the highway when closer to sea-level. Driving around at home in Colorado, I average about 30-32 mpg on the highway and about 27-30 in the city. These numbers are a bit higher than what VW advertises. Not a bad thing! (I have the auto transmission as well.) All in all, I love my car. I do kind of wished that I would've held out for the 2008 model (comes with a few more standard fancy features), but I've been perfectly happy with my model and it really has made driving fun again. I considered other hatchbacks (Nissan, Toyota and Mazda), but my heart fell for the VW. I've always loved their hatchback designs and appreciate their quality.
I love my 2006 Rabbit. It has much more space than people would think. I have not had any reliability issues, it has run wonderful since I got it in 2006. We have three dogs, including two rescued greyhounds and they all fit in the back with the seat down. I would recommend this car to anyone with a small number of family members.