Compare 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit vs 2008 Ford Focus

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
2008 Ford Focus
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2-Door HB Manual PZEV S
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
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2-Door Coupe S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe S 24 35 $13,569 $14,395
4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $13,900 $14,755
2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $14,180 $15,225
4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $14,508 $15,585
2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $15,404 $16,570
4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $15,727 $16,925
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,456
$13,569
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,300
$14,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$272 / month
$240 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit is a high-quality compact vehicle throughout, though it's not particularly sporty or fuel-efficient. The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 50.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.0 93.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.3 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 39.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 48.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 53.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 41.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.3 67.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.6 58.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
165.8 175.0
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 58.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 58.1
Wheelbase (in)
101.5 102.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 13.8
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.34 x 0.98 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.24 x 0.47 NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 13.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.7 34.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
195/65HR15 P195/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
195/65HR15 P195/60R15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3072 2588
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/151 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 140 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 136 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA 99N
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.45
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 2.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.56
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 3.67
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Rabbit Ford Focus
Body Style
2 Door HB 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Control blade
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multilink NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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