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STYLING | 7 out of 10
pleasingly adult and gimmick-free
Car and Driver
small on the outside and big on the inside
the Rabbit's simple lines and uncluttered face make it look very similar to its Golf predecessor
a bit too vanilla when compared to sleeker rivals
The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit comes in a two-door style, as well as a four-door hatchback. Outside, it is conservative and boxy—but not unappealing in its own little German way.
Cars.com praises the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit's "simple lines and the uncluttered face." According to MyRide.com, the Volkswagen Rabbit 2009 is "refreshing," and its "teardrop-shaped taillights" look "great with the hatch open or closed." Edmunds studies the exterior closely and observes, "Notably, the word 'Rabbit' does not appear anywhere on the car; instead, a small chrome bunny cast mid-hop decorates the hatch of Volkswagen's entry-level compact." "Functional, practical and sporty" are the words Kelley Blue Book uses to describe the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit; it "wastes no sheet metal or bodywork." Edmunds adds, "although larger and heavier than before, it retains the characteristic boxy but very functional hatchback architecture." In addition, the VW Rabbit's "forward-leaning stance is emphasized by the narrowing side window line and the hatchback rear window," says Kelley Blue Book.
The 2009 VW Rabbit's interior sits just north of somber. MyRide.com notes the clean interior design, which "takes advantage of Volkswagen's long touted cabin-building competence." Car and Driver calls the interior of the VW Rabbit "pleasingly adult and gimmick-free." Cars.com mentions the three-spoke steering wheel and "a high-mounted center stack" putting the Volkswagen Rabbit 2009 right in line with the Jetta and GTI. The dashboard and center console are "designed for compactness and ease of use," remarks Kelley Blue Book.
The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit looks like a Volkswagen inside and out: clean and conservative.