2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit was new.


Interior: 8.6

Strong build quality and comfortable seating are hallmarks for the Rabbit's cabin. Reviewers' biggest complaint is that the lengthy optional features list spikes the price for what's supposed to be an economical segment.

  • "Though not particularly inexpensive for its size (but comparable to most compacts in its segment), the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit does offer a long list of standard features and high-quality materials inside and out." -- Car Gurus
  • "The Rabbit's cabin is a strong selling point, with high-grade soft-touch materials and metallic trim. We're fans of the cool blue lights used for the instruments and radio display, while stereo and climate controls are straightforward and easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "The layout and fit-and-finish of the interior is an absolute dream." -- AutoWeek

Front Seats

The Rabbit's front row is sufficiently accommodating, especially for the driver, thanks to the car's tilt and telescoping steering wheel.

  • "The three-spoke steering wheel is perfectly shaped, and multiple adjustments for the front seats plus a tilting and telescoping steering column assure a proper driving position for drivers of different sizes and shapes." -- Edmunds
  • "My wife and I loved the heated front seats, especially on long rides." -- The Auto Channel

Rear Seats

Critics find the four-door Rabbit's rear quarters agreeable for two passengers -- but caution about the twist-and-turn involved in climbing into the two-door's backseat.

  • "Headroom and legroom are sufficient for smaller adults. Legroom gets very tight if the front seats are set far back. Entry and exit are a squeeze play on 2-door models." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The rear seats are comfortable, with decent side support. Rear seat legroom is very good, but the center hump is fairly large, so the Rabbit is really a four-seater, even if it claims to be a five-seater." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Rear doors open wide, and rear seat room is impressive - although getting in and out of the 2-door Rabbit calls for dexterity." -- MSN

Interior Features

The Rabbit's cabin features and material quality are a plus. With air conditioning, cruise control, a 10-speaker audio system and power windows, mirrors and locks, the hatch is one of the more fully loaded compacts.

  • "The Rabbit's roomy interior features quality materials that avoid the cheap plastic look of many compacts." -- Car Gurus
  • "Standard controls are simple and handy. The optional navigation system absorbs some audio functions but no climate adjustments, and is pretty easy to program." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A polished interior, high standard feature content high quality and high feature content leads to a high price. " -- Edmunds


Reviewers describe the 2009 Rabbit's cargo and interior space as impressive for its size. In addition to the 15.1 cubic feet of available room, the car has a nearly flat load floor once rear seats are folded.

  • "Usefully cubic cargo hold can swallow a lot of stuff with some careful packaging. Rear seatbacks fold but don't lie flat. Small item storage is good, but not great. The glovebox is fairly large, but the door map pockets are on the small side." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Cargo volume with the 60/40-split-folding rear seats up is a useful 15 cubic feet and expands to 46 with the seats down." -- Edmunds
  • "The hatch swings open smoothly on struts, and there's a low, wide opening for the large, nicely shaped cargo area." -- MSN

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