Compare 2008 Ford Focus vs 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit

2008 Ford Focus
2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
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2-Door Coupe S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 2-Door Coupe S 24 35 $13,569 $14,395
Focus 2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $14,180 $15,225
Focus 2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $15,404 $16,570
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $13,900 $14,755
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $14,508 $15,585
Focus 4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $15,727 $16,925
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2-Door HB Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Rabbit 2-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
Rabbit 2-Door HB Automatic S PZEV 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
Rabbit 2-Door HB Manual S 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
Rabbit 2-Door HB Manual S PZEV 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
Rabbit 4-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
Rabbit 4-Door HB Automatic S PZEV 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,569
$16,555
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,395
$17,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$240 / month
$290 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000. The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit is a high-quality compact vehicle throughout, though it's not particularly sporty or fuel-efficient.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.3 94.0
Second Hip Room (in)
48.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 38.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
50.4 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
29.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
58.2 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 165.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.6 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.1 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
102.9 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.8 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.1
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.34 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.24 x 0.47
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.0 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 35.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2588 3138
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 140
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
140 @ 6250 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I5
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4250 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
99N NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 29
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 24
Transmission
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA & Tiptronic
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.56 3.89
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 4.04
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.56
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Volkswagen Rabbit
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door HB
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Control blade Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multilink
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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