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170 HP
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Tangible German lineage and an exceptionally high level of interior fit and finish for this price combine to make the Rabbit the most sophisticated $16,000 vehicle on the road. Compact SUV-like versatility provides practical appeal.


While it's very much a German car from behind the wheel, the Rabbit isn't as much fun to drive as some of its competitors, particularly the Mazda Mazda3. The Mazda3 also offers features not available on the Rabbit, such as heated leather seats, on-board navigation and a Bose audio system.

What's New For 2008

A new "S" trim level is added, a tire-pressure monitoring system is made standard on all models and there is 20 additional horsepower, bringing the output to 170.

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Despite a commonly-held belief that Americans don't like hatchbacks, the success of Volkswagen's long-running two- and four-door models - as well as the recent success of the MINI Cooper, Mazda Mazda3 and its own GTI - has prompted Volkswagen to revive the beloved Rabbit hatchback. The 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit (formerly known as the Golf) becomes 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.

Driving the Used 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit

Despite its small size, there's a solid feel to the Rabbit and it delivers overall confidence in difficult driving situations. Nimble in city and country driving, it handles busy street corners and curvy rural lanes easily, thanks in part to the new suspension system and the responsive steering. Increased specifically for the U.S. market are ride height and tire sizes. The 2.5-liter, five-cylinder powerplant is well-suited to the American driving style, offers lots of torque off the line and requires less revving than the previous 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. The five-speed manual transmission has reasonably short throws, in line with its sporty character, and slides effortlessly between gears. The automatic version is just as slick, and both transmissions share the same average highway mileage of 29 miles per gallon. A fair amount of handling firmness reminds you of the Rabbit's German engineering, along with delivering the satisfaction of driving a small-outside, big-inside vehicle.

Favorite Features

The Rabbit Logo
Eschewing the traditional nametag, the Rabbit identifies itself only with the once-familiar bounding hare logo.

New Five-cylinder Engine
Shared with the Jetta and developed specifically for American driving styles, the new 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine delivers the quick response worthy of the Rabbit name.

Used 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Interior

The spacious interior is the surprise here. With far more room than is apparent from the outside, the Rabbit can seat five as well as provide plenty of cargo space. The dash and center console are designed for compactness and ease of use, and nooks and crannies for storage abound. Nifty indicators include one for brake pad wear, and a fuel-cap seal warning to remind impatient drivers to tighten the cap properly. A passenger seat that folds flat and 60/40-split folding rear seats enhance versatility. Adjustable lumbar-support seats (four-door only) hold driver and passenger comfortably on sharp turns. The hatchback has an exceptionally large opening, and the pass-through on the four-door model can accommodate skis.

Used 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Exterior

Functional, practical and sporty design cues identify the 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit as a German hatchback that wastes no sheet metal or bodywork. The hood, headlamps and grille are integrated cleanly with the front bumper, the side panels and doors flow together smoothly and the rear couldn't be simpler. The slightly forward-leaning stance is emphasized by the narrowing side window line and the hatchback rear window.

Used 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Standard Features

The 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit's standard equipment list includes cruise control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control, AM/FM stereo with single MP3-compatilbe CD player (six-disc CD changer on four-door models), remote keyless entry, an anti-theft engine immobilizer system and a new high-tech electro-mechanical steering system. Comfort and safety equipment includes heated front seats (four-door only), front and side airbags, Side-Curtain Protection, air conditioning, heated side mirrors and a rear window defroster.

Used 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Options

Options offered on the two- and four-door models include VW's anti-skid, lateral control Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) to help curb skids and maximize handling, 16-inch alloy wheels and a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and a Sport mode for manual shifting. For backseat riders in the four-door the addition of rear side-impact airbags is probably reassuring, while the power sunroof with sunshade adds a little style as well as fresh air. Other options include SIRIUS Satellite Radio and an iPod connectivity adapter.

Used 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Engine

In place of the previous Golf's anemic 2.0-liter, 115-horsepower four-cylinder engine, the Rabbit gets a 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder unit developed specifically for the acceleration tastes of American drivers. Its 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque are transmitted through a five-speed manual transmission or a new manually-selectable six-speed automatic version with a satisfyingly aggressive Sport mode. The independent rear suspension helps it keep a grip on the road, as do the anti-lock braking and electronic traction control systems. Gone for now, unfortunately, is the popular diesel model.

2.5-liter in-line 5
170 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
177 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (manual), 21/29 (automatic)

How Much Does the Used 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Cost?

The 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) begins at just around $16,000, which is not bad for a compact with a 170-horsepower engine and plenty of standard equipment. The MSRP on the two-door Rabbit with six-speed automatic transmission starts around $17,000, and a four-door automatic with all the options tops out around $23,000. We expect the 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit to maintain resale values on par with the Toyota Yaris, Mazda Mazda3 and Honda Civic and to best the Chevrolet Cobalt and Ford Focus.

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2007 Volkswagen Rabbit

"Forgot how good these cars are"

performance, looks, handling,overall feel.
little minor noises that are easily fixed, hard to
....Impressed with the build of the car. Its solid and heavy metal compared to, say my Rav4. And the ride feel is good and not too bumpy. I like the seats too. I just acquired it to resell, but impressed with it. Havnt owned a VW in many, many years and actually the only car i ever bought brand new was a VW Fox in 1989 and loved it, almost flawless and put 300k on it.Ive heard thru the years about reliability issues with VW in general and strayed from them although im a diehard VW, Audi,Porsche buff. They always made good manuals, but ive heard reports of their automatics problematic. What i can say is since out sourcing they have had issues plus VW like other European cars have to be maintained almost exquisitely so-to-speak and do better if so by qualified mechanics. These cars have to have particular fluids, maintenance and regularly and will reflect it. Between Walmart and mass production, competition and the cut throat industry people do expect reliability across the board especially if the Asians make an almost perfect car for the same amount or less money. Its all about how it makes you feel though and VW, Audi and porsche like the other German cars make you feel like you are integrated into the car. All other cars, just dont have that human touch and its an awesome feeling and ive driven every make and model and know. Im in love with VW again all over. Great car in its own many ways.Read less
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2007 Volkswagen Rabbit

"bought used, needed repairs, love the car now!"

acceleration, handling, stability, mileage,
It's an old car and required attention. Great now
The 07 Rabbit needed front axles and cv joints, tires, condenser fans, cabin filter, 5 plugs and coil packs. Had the windows tinted. Now, it has been a great little car with that German authority and sound and presence on the road from a heavier frame and low center of gravity. The five cylinder 2.5L engine over powers the car to impressive acceleration and yet it gets 30 mpg on the highway and 23 - 27 in town depending on whether the AC is drawn on and the driving aggressive. The electric driver's seat, heated front seats, 6 disc cd player and other nice features lift it above the "economy compact" category in my estimation. I've had the new tires rotated and re-balanced once with an alignment and it is now remarkably true and clean on the road. I love to drive this car!Read less
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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit

"133,000 Miles On It and Still Going Strong"

Nimble. Reliable. Comfortable.
I drove our 2008 VW Rabbit for a few years and then turned it over to our daughter, who drove it all through high school and college. She bought a different vehicle after college graduation and Im back to driving this Rabbit. Its nimble, reliable and comfortable. We took it on long road trips in its early days and we were able to pack a lot into it and still have a comfortable ride. All around great car and we really feel weve gotten our moneys worth out of this hatchback.
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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Cruise Control
  • Remote Keyless Entry


  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • CD Player


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Heated Front Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Remote Control Liftgate/Trunk Release

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 22 mpg
  • EPA Class - Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 29 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 24 mpg


  • Horsepower - 170 hp
  • Torque - 177 foot pounds
  • 0 to 60 - 7.8 seconds
  • Top Speed - 130 mph


  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Outlet
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 2 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P195/65HR15
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P205/55HR16
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P225/45HR17
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Steel with Covers


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 50000 miles
  • Basic Years - 4 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 12 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 50000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 4 years


  • Alternator Amps - 140 amps
  • Axle Ratio - 3.65
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Manual
  • Cylinders - 5 cylinders
  • Displacement - 2.5 liter
  • Fuel Induction - Sequential Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 20 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • # of Speeds - 5 speed
  • Overdrive - w/Overdrive
  • Amps - 60 amps
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 2975 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 94.0 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 14.5 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 39.3 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 38.5 inches
  • Height - 58.2 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.2 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 35.3 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.4 inches
  • Overall Length - 165.8 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 54.7 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 54.6 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 15.0 cubic feet
  • Wheel Base - 101.5 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 69.3 inches
  • Payload Capacity - 972 pounds
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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Safety

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Safety Technology
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag


2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Rankings

170 HP
MPG Combined
24 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.7 Rating
2008 Volkswagen Rabbit
170 HP
110 HP

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