In terms of real competition, the 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit faces off against the Saturn Astra, another German import.
With 140 horsepower, the Astra isn't as powerful as the VW Rabbit, but the Saturn comes closest, as far as standard horsepower goes.
Plus, it has that Germanic thing going for it.
The Honda Civic offers more engine choices than the Rabbit, especially if you're leaning toward the green hybrid or natural gas powertrains.
Domestically, the all-new 2008 Ford Focus matches the Rabbit with coupe and sedan body styles, but buyers tend to be attracted to its powerful SYNC entertainment system rather than its homely new look.
The 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit also has to compete against the Mazda3, a perennial enthusiast favorite for its handling, but the Mazda can't match the VW's solid feel.
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