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Selected Style 2-Door Manual S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Manual PZEV S 20 28 $16,381 $17,475
2-Door Manual S 20 28 $16,381 $17,475
2-Door Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $17,454 $18,550
2-Door Automatic S 20 29 $17,454 $18,550
2-Door Automatic PZEV SE 20 29 $19,538 $20,525
2-Door Automatic SE 20 29 $19,538 $20,525
2-Door Automatic Black Tie Edition 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
2-Door Automatic PZEV Black Tie Edition 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
2-Door Automatic PZEV Triple White 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
2-Door Automatic Triple White 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
2-Door HB Manual S PZEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual PZEV S 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
2-Door HB Manual S 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
2-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
4-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,381
$15,456
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,475
$16,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$291 / month
$272 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle’s looks are its best features—interior room, performance and crash protection are not. The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit is a high-quality compact vehicle throughout, though it's not particularly sporty or fuel-efficient.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 20 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 33.5 35.3
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 81 94.0
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 52.8 54.7
Second Head Room (in) 36.7 38.5
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 49.3 54.6
Front Leg Room (in) 39.4 41.2
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.9 69.3
Track Width, Front (in) 59.4 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.6 5.4
Length, Overall (in) 161.1 165.8
Height, Overall (in) 59.0 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 58.8 59.8
Wheelbase (in) 98.8 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 15.1
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.03 x 0.87 11.34 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 9.13 x 0.35 10.24 x 0.47
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.04 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 35.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/55HR16 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P205/55HR16 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2884 3072
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.0 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 140
Engine
Displacement 2.5L/151 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 150 @ 5000 170 @ 5700
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I5
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 170 @ 3750 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.36 1.36
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.60 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.12 2.12
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.65 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.78 3.78
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe Volkswagen Rabbit
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 2 Door HB
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.71 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Multilink
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 7
 
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