2008 Volkswagen Rabbit vs. Its Competition

2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-door HB Auto S Open Doors
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

In terms of real competition, the 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit faces off against the Saturn Astra, another German import.

With 140 horsepower, the Astra isn't as powerful as the VW Rabbit, but the Saturn comes closest, as far as standard horsepower goes.

Plus, it has that Germanic thing going for it.

The Honda Civic offers more engine choices than the Rabbit, especially if you're leaning toward the green hybrid or natural gas powertrains.

The 2009 Toyota Corolla is especially attractive in its top trim level, but the new Corolla looks less nice in the base trim.

Domestically, the all-new 2008 Ford Focus matches the Rabbit with coupe and sedan body styles, but buyers tend to be attracted to its powerful SYNC entertainment system rather than its homely new look.

The 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit also has to compete against the Mazda3, a perennial enthusiast favorite for its handling, but the Mazda can't match the VW's solid feel.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2008 Volkswagen is a satisfying, high-quality compact that will suit many drivers as is. Those who need more zoot can step up to the GTI or R32.
7.8
The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
7.2
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.
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From   
$15,600$15,350$14,395$13,895
Gas Mileage   
21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
CompactCompactCompactCompact
Style Name   
2-Door HB Manual S4-Door Sedan Manual (SE)2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door HB4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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