Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is made standard on all models, while the five-speed manual is no longer available on the four-door. New standard equipment for the four-door Rabbit includes heated front seats, heated washer nozzles and a premium audio sound system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
Despite a commonly-held belief that Americans don't like hatchbacks, the success of Volkswagen's long running two- and four-door modelsas well as the recent success of the MINI Cooper, Mazda Mazda3 and it's own GTIhas prompted Volkswagen to revive the beloved Rabbit hatchback. The "cute as a bunny" Rabbit replaces the Golf nameplate to become VW's entry-level economy model, offering a number of upscale safety and convenience features, a frugal new five-cylinder engine and a roomy and versatile interior. Despite its hefty standard content, the Volkswagen Rabbit manages a sticker price that won't leave consumers hopping mad, which should have sales multiplying like, well, Rabbits.