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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Interior

These scores and this review are from when the car was new.

Review Last Updated: 2/19/09

The 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit's interior gets mostly positive reviews that praise the comfortable seating for five, ample cargo space, and durable materials.

One reviewer at AutoWeek noted that many Rabbit owners "found build quality and materials first-rate, in typical VW fashion," Another reviewer said, "The layout and fit-and-finish of the interior is an absolute dream." MSN agrees, saying, "The interior shows how good plastic can look and feel when it's worked right."

Seating

Most reviewers feel the seating in the 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit is comfortable. Motor Trend reports that there is "more interior room than ever with a large rear hatch opening," which is a feature that other experts also enjoy. MSN point out its "generous back-seat accommodations," and says the driving position is "comfortable."

A reviewer for The Auto Channel notes that the Rabbit's "seats are comfortable, with decent side support," saying, "A nice feature is the low location of the rear headrests in ‘normal' position that doesn't obstruct the driver's rearward vision. When there are passengers back there, they can raise the headrests to a more comfortable spot." The reviewer also says, "My wife and I loved the heated front seats, especially on long rides."

Also touting the Rabbit's comfortable and supportive seats, New Car Test Drive writes, "Volkswagen is promoting the Rabbit as an urban vehicle, but we found it comfortable for long stretches of highway travel." Car and Driver further praises the comfort, saying, "The seats offer good, firm cushioning on our butts and backs, while the titling and telescoping steering wheel contribute to the comfortable seating position."

Meanwhile, BusinessWeek finds the back seat a winning trait, saying, "The Rabbit is slightly bigger and roomier than the previous version of the Golf, with a couple more inches of (badly needed) legroom in the back seat." One expert at Newsday notes, "rear-seat legroom has grown by two inches and the cabin is slightly wider than its predecessor."

Overall, the experts at Cars.com say the rear seats "aren't that roomy." However, they note that while "three adults will be cramped sitting in back of the 166-inch-long car," it's "not as much as you would think given the 94 cubic feet of passenger space within the cabin."

Interior Features

The 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit comes standard with cloth seating, air conditioning, cruise control, rear-window defroster, an outside-temperature display, a 10-speaker audio system with AM/FM, in-dash CD player and MP3 capability, split-folding rear seats, and power windows, locks and mirrors.

Reviews are generally positive on the Rabbit's dash and controls. New Car Test Drive experts praise the easy-to-use knobs to adjust climate controls, and note that the instrument panel features Volkswagen's gauges illuminated in red and blue. Cars.com reports that "the Rabbit's dash was uncomplicated, and the controls were easy to use." Conversely, they say the cruise control lever is too similar to the turn signal lever, "so you sometimes get one when you want the other."

As for the sunroof feature, The Auto Channel reviewer finds that while it works, it "has its own quirky way of operating."

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Stereo and Entertainment

The 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit comes standard with a 10-speaker audio system, which includes AM/FM, in-dash CD player and MP3 capability. For an additional cost, drivers can opt for an upgraded audio package with a six-CD changer. The Rabbit comes equipped with an auxiliary audio input, and an iPod adapter. Satellite radio is also an option.

Cargo

Reviewers agree that the cargo features on the 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit are some of the best in its class. Experts praise how the seats fold flat to expand the storage area. "The hatch swings open smoothly on struts, and there's a low, wide opening for the large, nicely shaped cargo area," say reviewers at New Car Test Drive. They continue, "Even with the rear seat in its upright and locked position, the Rabbit provides 15.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity." Adding to the convenience are four tie-down hooks to secure cargo. Reviewers note the option of flipping the front passenger's seatback forward into a flat position, allowing long objects, such as a ladder, to be carried or to provide a flat surface "for a laptop or lunch." BusinessWeek points out that the rear hatch has a cool, disguised handle: "You open it by pulling up on a big VW logo on the back door."

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