Volkswagen Rabbit vs Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen Rabbit
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 165.8 (4211)
Width: 69.3 (1760)
Height: 58.2 (1478)

Volkswagen GTI
Dimensions: in (mm)
Lenght: 165.8 (4211)
Width: 70 (1778)
Height: 57.8 (1468)

Compare Volkswagen Rabbit vs Volkswagen GTI (1:1)

The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit is a compact hatchback available with two or four doors, every with a single trim level (known as S). The two-door Volkswagen Rabbit S comes traditional with 15-inch metal wheels, air-conditioning, full performance accessories, cruise control, cloth upholstery, a six-way manually adjustable driver bench, a 60/40-split-folding back bench, a tilt/telescoping helm and a 10-speaker audio with CD player and optional stereo slot. The 4-door Volkswagen Rabbit S adds updated look trim, heated windshield washer nozzles, front and back center armrests, velour upholstery, an eight-way manually adjustable driver bench with performance recline and adjustable lumbar, heated front seatings, back air vents and an updated audio system with in-dash Six-cd changer and radio.

The heated seatings and windshield washer nozzles are auxillary on the two-door. All Volkswagen Rabbits can be optioned with 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof and an Ipod adapter.
The Volkswagen GTI is one of the best-known budget performance cars sold in America. For more than 25 years, Volkswagen has been taking its entry-level, economy car-based two-door hatchback model and turning it into a GTI by adding a more powerful engine and brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, and special interior and exterior trim pieces. The result is a practical car that's also fun to drive and desirable.

The original Volkswagen Rabbit GTI stormed onto American shores for 1983 and has been frequently credited for creating the niche-oriented "hot hatch" market segment. Though many of the original GTI's specs don't seem particularly great by modern standards (its 1.8-liter engine made just 90 horsepower, for instance), it was a lightweight and agile revelation for many consumers used to bulky and underperforming American sport coupes.

Since then, there have been five more generations of Golf- or Rabbit-based VW GTIs, and some have been more highly regarded than others. The latest model is a refinement of the previous generation, which was considered a return to form for the nameplate. Shoppers interested in a used GTI will likely want to do some research in order to determine which model year is best suited for them.