Compare 2008 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit

2008 Volkswagen Beetle
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2-Door Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic S 20 28 $23,104 $24,315
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic S PZEV 20 28 $23,104 $24,315
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic SE 20 28 $24,446 $25,740
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic SE PZEV 20 28 $24,446 $25,740
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual S 20 28 $22,031 $23,240
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual S PZEV 20 28 $22,031 $23,240
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic Black Tie Edition 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic Black Tie Edition PZEV 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic S 20 29 $17,454 $18,550
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic S PZEV 20 29 $17,454 $18,550
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic SE 20 29 $19,538 $20,525
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic SE PZEV 20 29 $19,538 $20,525
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic Triple White 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic Triple White PZEV 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual S 20 28 $16,381 $17,475
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual S PZEV 20 28 $16,381 $17,475
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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
$23,104
$16,555
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,315
$17,400
Monthly Payment Estimate
$405 / month
$290 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle’s looks are its best features—interior room, performance and crash protection are not. 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
20 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mini-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
31.5 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
78 94.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 54.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 38.5
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
42.1 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
39.4 41.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
59.3 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
161.1 165.8
Height, Overall (in)
59.1 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.5 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
98.8 101.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.1
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.03 x 0.87 11.34 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
9.13 x 0.35 10.24 x 0.47
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.04 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3248 3138
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 140
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/151 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
150 @ 5000 170 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I5
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 3750 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 24
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.56
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA & Tiptronic
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.87 3.89
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.04 4.04
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible Volkswagen Rabbit
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door HB
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.71 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Multilink
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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