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Volkswagen Rabbit, Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#741 of 832 European cars in general
Dec 13, 2007 (4:35 am)
I just moved to Switzerland from the East Coast of the US and have been car shopping for some time now. Most recently I've tried several Golf Vs with different engines. The 1.4L TSI is a gem and I'm sure the 170 HP version is even better. I also tried a Golf+ which is based on the Golf V with a slightly roomier MPV style interior. This one had the 2.0L TDI w/140 HP. It was manual 6 speed and that engine scoots! There is a slight bit of hesitation in the beginning but once the turbo kicks in look out! It is also much easier to drive fast and nimble as a diesel than the 2006 Toyota 2.2 D4 diesel I had before. That one had 150 HP but the combination of throttle response, clutch and gearbox made it behave like a tractor. You can hardly tell the difference between the VW diesel or gas the way they drive. Except that the TDI will get the same low mpg in the Swiss Alps as on the flats.
I'd love to get that engine in the US. Before leaving I drove the 2005 Jetta diesel and it was a dog... I also drove the GTI DSG which I should've bought instead of bringing my 2006 V6 Grand Vitara. Talk about a gas guzzler!!! The GTI costs $15000 more here!!!!
Jan 27, 2008 (8:05 pm)
I like many of you have been looking for a good economical car that won't break the bank. The VW Jetta TDI has been appealing to me because of its high MPG, 45/55 according to the newest models and yet below the hybrid prices. Well, today I went to the Portland Auto Show and saw the 2008 Golf TDI. Estimated MPG is mid 60's!! Thats about 15mpg better than Prius! The price......$14,995. Where do sign up!! Heres the big downer.......its only available in Europe. One thing I found out at the Auto show is that the economical cars are out there but the US won't allow them in because of emmisions, safety, and whatever other lame excuse they can think of. The Golf TDI headed for Europe is the same as the one currently in the US but with an 80hp TDI "Clean Diesel" engine, which actually emmits less carbon than the Prius. I don't know about you but I'm getting sick of the politics. We could have had an all electric car from GM, but they chose to be greedy and look where they are now. Toyota will pass them up this year. I guess we'll have to settle for the Jetta TDI for now.
#743 of 832 Re: The Best TDI [javiwear]
Jan 28, 2008 (6:18 am)
VW probably is not bringing those here becasue they feel they will not sell at a profitable price. IOW, it is mostly likely your fellow Americans that prevent you from being able to buy that 80 HP Rabbit TDI. Americans don't buy many hatchbacks to begin with and would likely consider that car to be underpowered.
Feb 01, 2008 (8:38 pm)
I was told, at the St.Louis Autoshow, by a fellow who handed me a VW business card for a dealership just east of there that he expected TDIs in August. Too bad I don' t have a veedub dealer closer.
#745 of 832 Chicago Auto Show
Feb 23, 2008 (3:41 am)
I can confirm from the staff working the floor at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, there are no immediate plans for a Rabbit TDI, though the gal did say that "eventually" TDIs will be available on all models.
As for the Jetta TDI, the dealers should have them as demo models in June 2008 with ones available for sale in August. Mileage was quoted at 45 city 57 highway.
#746 of 832 Re: Chicago Auto Show [jotunheim]
Oct 04, 2008 (1:43 am)
MkVI hatchback TDIs will be in the US before September next year. Whether that will be restricted to some exclusive, high-end model only, or applicable to all Rabbits, will largely depend on the economy and exchange rate.
Currently, VW has a hard time selling Germany-produced cars in the US at reasonable (marketable) prices, because of German production costs multiplied by the horrendous exchange rate.
Some of these factors will change in the upcoming months. The European economy is slowing down earlier and faster than anticipated. This means excess production - a good thing for the US market. It also means lowered interest rates, and in turn a slightly stronger US dollar.
Combined, enough of an incentive for VW to easily bring forward a special TDI hatch (the "GTD"), and perhaps even more. Stay tuned.
#747 of 832 Rabbit TDI
Dec 19, 2008 (10:38 pm)
Rabbit TDI is coming out in both regular and GT trims. It's coming out in Oct 2009 as an 2010. It will be the US version of the Golf MKVI. The new Rabbit will be more refined and more upmarket. This new model will have features that the Rabbit won't have. The Rabbit GT TDI will come out in Nov. 2009.
#748 of 832 Re: Rabbit TDI [rv65]
Dec 20, 2008 (12:03 am)
Will it be available with a manual, or only with an automatic tranny?
#749 of 832 Re: Rabbit TDI [shirotori]
Dec 20, 2008 (4:39 pm)
I would say both. You can get a DSG or a 6MT if you want. The DSG is like an automatic with a good manual mode.
#750 of 832 Re: Rabbit TDI [rv65]
Dec 20, 2008 (8:33 pm)
It looks to me like VW uses the same exact chassis for the Jetta as the Rabbit. Same Wheel base etc. Is there any advantage to the Rabbit other than different styling? I was hoping for a 60 MPG+ vehicle.
Are they putting that engine in the New Beetle as well?