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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Impressive build quality
The chairs are comfortable and well bolstered
Volkswagen's answer to compact cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla
Volkswagen is known for high-quality building materials and excellent craftsmanship, and TheCarConnection.com finds that the 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit is no exception.
With its "roomy and upscale cabin" and "comfortable ride," according to Edmunds, the 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit makes for a pleasant ride. MyRide.com adds that the base chairs are rather "comfortable and well bolstered." However, no more than four individuals should be in the car at a time, especially over long distances. The front seats have a manual height adjustment that MyRide.com calls "outdated." “The R32's sport seats, borrowed from the GTI, grip well without forcing you to climb into them,” Edmunds says. The VW Rabbit backseat is surprisingly roomy, notes Cars.com, providing "nearly 2 inches of legroom and more than an inch of headroom over the previous model." Edmunds agrees: “A roomy rear seat offers decent room for a pair of adults.” The four-door Rabbit and GTI have a leg up on two-door versions in terms of access: “The main advantage to the four-door GTI is its more accessible rear seat, though the two-door's front seats slide forward quite easily to improve entry and exit.”
Likewise, the cargo capacity has grown since previous models, "thanks to a 60/40-split folding rear seat," allowing the Volkswagen Rabbit 2008 to carry long items like skis with the front seat folded flat, states Cars.com. “When flipped down, opens up a massive 43 cubic feet of cargo space,” Edmunds reports. With the seats raised, there’s 15 cubic feet of space, they add. Though the Volkswagen Rabbit 2008 sports a large glove box, according to MyRide.com, they would have liked to see "more creative stowage in the center console" and "taller cupholders to fully secure many of today's larger drinks."
Edmunds calls out the "Impressive build quality" of the Volkswagen Rabbit 2008. They also state that the controls feel like they've been taken from a premium-priced Audi. In terms of quality, MyRide.com adds, "A cleanly styled interior takes advantage of Volkswagen's long touted cabin-building competence. Fit-and-finish is impressive for a $15,000 vehicle, and of particular note are the Audi-quality gauges and controls. Other materials, such as the laminated visor and hard plastic door inserts, appear less than top-drawer." Additionally, Cars.com enjoys the "dashboard quality" of this VW Rabbit model. Car and Driver thinks “the seat fabric looks seriously thrifty,” though.
While Edmunds calls it "refined" and "noise-free," Car and Driver reports that the "tires read road textures loudly into the interior."
The 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit is a high-quality car with impressive materials and adult-sized room in back.