Volkswagen Rabbit Review Release Date – volkswagen rabbit review
The Volkswagen GTI is one of our admired hot hatches, and that’s akin added credible with this new Rabbit Edition model.
The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the best ample adventurous cars you can buy today. As fun as it is functional, the GTI is the affectionate of hot auto you can choke out on the weekend but appropriately drive on the daily. For my money, I can’t anticipate of a new car beneath $30,000 I’d rather buy.
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That’s truer now than it’s anytime been, acknowledgment to the addition of this new-for-2019 GTI Rabbit Edition, which slides in aloof beneath the $30K mark: $29,790, including $895 for destination. Added than aloof a nod to the Golf’s heritage, the Rabbit Edition bundles what I accept to be the GTI’s best attributes into one affordable package. There’s a lot to like about every Golf GTI model, but none of them allege to me absolutely like the Rabbit.
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The Rabbit is the 2019 VW Golf GTI to get
Before I get into the specifics of this Rabbit Edition, let me acquaint you about a few allusive updates that administer to all 2019 GTI models. The 2.0-liter turbocharged agent now makes 228 application — 8 added than afore — admitting torque charcoal banausic at 258 pound-feet. A six-speed chiral is still the accepted transmission, but new for 2019 is a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic, which replaces the six-speed DCT from aftermost year’s GTI. Not alone does the new gearbox action smoother, quicker shifts, it agency automatic-equipped GTIs now accept stop/start fuel-saving tech, as able-bodied as barrage control.
Every GTI comes adapted with Volkswagen’s automated avant-garde limited-slip differential, as able-bodied as the beyond brakes begin on the Golf R . Disciplinarian abetment technologies like free emergency braking, blind-spot ecology and rear cross-traffic active are now accepted on every GTI trim except the abject S, which offers these as allotment of a Disciplinarian Abetment Package.
The Rabbit Edition is set afar with attractive, black-painted, 18-inch wheels, a atramentous rear spoiler, LED headlights, atramentous mirror caps, keyless entry, pushbutton alpha and the above active aids. Rabbit models appear in four colors, including Deep Atramentous Pearl or the Pure White you see here, admitting I abundant adopt Cornflower Blue or the non-metallic Urano Grey of the car I activated in California.
On active burghal streets and ambagious anchorage alike, the Golf GTI is a peach. Lots of low-end torque agency you can advance from a stop bound and smoothly, and there’s abundant midrange action to advice you zip through cartage after defective to downshift. Associate editor Andrew Krok tells me the new dual-clutch chiral is candied as pie, but I can’t brainstorm affairs a GTI after the six-speed chiral transmission. Clutch pedal biking is a bit long, but accessory assurance is solid, and the shifter itself is admirable to use, with abbreviate throws amid anniversary accessory and a golf ball-like arrangement that feels abundant in my hand.
Higher-end SE and Autobahn trims can be had with VW’s activating anatomy control, but the abject GTI is so accurately acquainted I can’t brainstorm absolutely defective this adaptive damping tech. Akin with humble 225/40-series tires, the GTI’s ride affection is adjustable abundant to accord with Los Angeles’ awful streets, but close abundant to accumulate the auto collapsed and active while traversing smooth, coulee roads. Perfectly weighted, authentic council makes the GTI accessible to action while alongside parking, but offers abundant acknowledgment and acknowledgment during active drives.
The Golf GTI isn’t the quickest car in its class, but I can’t anticipate of addition adventurous auto that’s as all-around acceptable to drive. Hyundai’s new Elantra GT N-Line poses the best accessible threat, but its council feel and chiral gearbox aren’t absolutely on par with the GTI’s. The added powerful, all-wheel-drive Subaru WRX is the bigger best for fast drives on abundant roads, but it’s a bit too acrid to alive with day to day. The GTI, meanwhile, strikes a complete balance.
The GTI won’t annihilate you at the ammunition pump, either; it’s one of the added fuel-efficient achievement cars in this class. The EPA estimates you’ll see 24 afar per gallon city, 32 mpg artery and 27 mpg accumulated with the six-speed chiral transmission. Opt for the dual-clutch automated and those numbers change to 25, 31 and 27, respectively. In my testing, I’ve begin it absolutely accessible to accommodated or akin beat those artery and accumulated ratings.
The seventh-generation Golf has been on auction in the US aback backward 2014, and if there’s one abode area it’s starting to appearance its age, it’s inside. Don’t get me wrong, the all-embracing body affection and fit-and-finish are still abundant — bigger than best added bunched hatches, in actuality — but the all-embracing architecture is starting to attending a bit drab. The bromidic centermost assemblage is covered in fingerprint-ready piano atramentous trim, and the blow of the birr and aperture panels are all the aforementioned adumbration of German raincloud gray.
On the added hand, I acclaim Volkswagen for continuing to action the GTI with its iconic “Clark” checkerboard seats. These comfortable, bolt chairs are super-supportive, and the avant-garde thrones are heated, too. Added big-ticket GTI models appear with covering seats, which are fine. But appear on: Don’t be that guy who buys a GTI after checkerboard seats.
Rear-seat apartment are hardly added acceptable actuality than they are in added baby hatchbacks, and the checkerboard bolt carries over to the bench’s outboard positions. Behind the aback seats, you’ll acquisition 22.8 cubic anxiety of amplitude — affluence for a brace of attache accoutrements and accompanying backpacks. Fold the bank flat, however, and the GTI’s burden authority expands to 52.7 cubic feet, which is added amplitude than you get in the auto versions of the Honda Civic , Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla . Alone the Elantra GT N-Line is added capacious, with 55.1 cubic-feet of junk-in-your-trunk space.
The GTI’s infotainment technology is a bit of a alloyed bag. Sure, Volkswagen’s MIB II multimedia arrangement has a able-bodied set of features, and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are accepted on all trims. But on the S and Rabbit models, you’re ashore with a small, 6.5-inch display. Stepping up to the GTI SE gets you a higher-resolution, 8-inch touchscreen, and if you opt for the range-topping Autobahn, you get anchored navigation.
The abject arrangement works able-bodied enough, but does feel somewhat abecedarian compared to the more-modern infotainment interfaces offered abroad in the bunched class. All GTIs accept a small, low-res affectation in the barometer cluster, too — if you’re acquisitive to get Volkswagen’s accomplished Digital Cockpit, you’ll accept to buy a Jetta instead. Oh, and accept fun abstraction your duke into the accumulator amplitude aloof avant-garde of the shifter to bung a bond into the GTI’s single, hard-to-reach USB Type-A outlet.
Earlier, I mentioned the few driver-assistance appearance that appear accepted on the Rabbit, but it’s account acquainted that several added avant-garde systems are alone bound to the top-end Autobahn. Adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, esplanade ambit control, esplanade council abetment and automated high-beams can alone be had on the best expensive, $36,890 GTI.
I can alive after a lot of these features, and I anticipate best of you can, too. In that case, the Rabbit Edition seems like the best buy of the 2019 GTI range, abnormally because its sub-$30K price. Would I like a bigger infotainment experience? Sure. Would I rather accept checkerboard seats? Hell, yes.
Rabbit Edition or not, the seventh-generation GTI is still an complete delight. Volkswagen’s time-tested hot bear is as ambrosial now as it’s anytime been, and this Rabbit Edition is an akin added absorbing example. If I had to go out and buy a aboriginal car tomorrow, I’d be adamantine apprenticed to aces article else.
This was originally appear on Roadshow.
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