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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
A comprehensive safety system
Plenty of standard safety and convenience equipment
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Rabbit a top score of 'Good
The 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit (and GTI and R32 versions) scores well in crash tests and has a good amount of standard safety gear, though stability control remains an option.
When it comes to crash-test ratings, the 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit fares well. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the VW Rabbit scores "four-star frontal and five-star side-impact," according to MyRide.com. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, the vehicle snags the best available rating of "good."
MyRide observes the Rabbit lineup sports "dual front airbags, front side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags" as standard equipment. "Four-wheel antilock disc brakes" are also standard on the VW Rabbit, according to Edmunds. MyRide.com adds, "Active front seat head restraints help to properly position passengers during an impact" and the "tilt/telescopic steering wheel maintains the proper distance between the driver and the steering wheel's airbag," which is a vital safety feature. There is also "a brake pad wear indicator" that keeps you in the know.
Cars.com notes other available safety features: "Stability control with electronic differential lock is optional, as are rear seat side-impact airbags on four-doors," not to mention a tire pressure monitoring system.
All in all, the Volkswagen Rabbit 2008 provides "good visibility throughout and decent outside mirrors," says MyRide.com.
The 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit is a star crash performer, but stability control remains an option.