Compare 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe vs 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit

2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe
2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
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2-Door Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Manual PZEV S 20 28 $16,381 $17,475
2-Door Manual S 20 28 $16,381 $17,475
2-Door Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $17,454 $18,550
2-Door Automatic S 20 29 $17,454 $18,550
2-Door Automatic PZEV SE 20 29 $19,538 $20,525
2-Door Automatic SE 20 29 $19,538 $20,525
2-Door Automatic Black Tie Edition 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
2-Door Automatic PZEV Black Tie Edition 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
2-Door Automatic PZEV Triple White 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
2-Door Automatic Triple White 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
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2-Door HB Manual PZEV S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door HB Manual PZEV S 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
2-Door HB Manual S 21 30 $15,456 $16,300
2-Door HB Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
2-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $16,555 $17,400
4-Door HB Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
4-Door HB Automatic S 20 29 $18,781 $19,340
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,381
$15,456
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,475
$16,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$291 / month
$272 / 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 21 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 38.5
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.3 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
39.4 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.5 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
81 94.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
161.1 165.8
Height, Overall (in)
59.0 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.8 59.8
Wheelbase (in)
98.8 101.5
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 69.3
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 60.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 5.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.1
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 35.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.04 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.6 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2884 3072
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Alloy 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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 10.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I5
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 3750 177 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/151 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
150 @ 5000 170 @ 5700
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.65
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.36
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.60
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door HB
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe Volkswagen Rabbit
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multilink
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7

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