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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Top Safety Pick
Four stars, frontal impact; five stars, side impact
good visibility throughout and decent outside mirrors
The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit scores well in government crash tests, and it comes with more safety equipment than is customary in this price-conscious class.
When it comes to crash-test ratings, the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit fares well. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, the vehicle snags the best available rating of "good." In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the VW Rabbit scores four stars for frontal impact and five stars in side-impact tests.
"Four-wheel antilock disc brakes" are standard on the VW 2009 Rabbit, according to Edmunds. MyRide.com observes the Rabbit lineup sports "dual front airbags, front side-impact airbags, and side curtain airbags" as standard equipment. MyRide.com adds that "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 optional "rear seat side-impact airbags on four-doors."
All in all, the Volkswagen Rabbit 2009 provides "good visibility throughout and decent outside mirrors," says MyRide.com.
The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit gets great crash-test results and offers more safety hardware than some rivals.