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Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Rabbit, Sedan
#1 of 140 VW Rabbit vs. 2007 Elantra
Nov 08, 2006 (7:58 am)
I don't think a topic like this exists. if so, please transfer this message to the existing topic.
I thought this would be an appropriate and timely forum topic given the recent C&D comparison featuring, among other cars, the VW Rabbit (1st) and new 2007 Elantra (4th).
#2 of 140 Price comparisons between 3DR VW and Elantra Se
Nov 08, 2006 (8:06 am)
In the C&D comparo, they used a 5DR Rabbit which came with an as-tested price of $18,470. However, if you can live with the 3DR model, you can get one for roughly the same price as the Elantra SE.
For practically the same price as the Elantra SE, you get a much safer car (Traction control, Stability, IIHS Silver award), better interior quality, better handling, but less space and lower fuel economy (by 4MPG C&D tested).
Disagree? Please discuss why you would choose the Elantra over the VW Rabbit (or vice versa) given the above information.
#3 of 140 Re: VW Rabbit vs. 2007 Elantra [germancarfan1]
Nov 08, 2006 (10:01 am)
Thanks for starting this. Here's a tip, though. It's important to put the right cars in the categories when you create a discussion. The Browse by Vehicle search uses those categories, so if they aren't there, that search won't find the discussion. Most people (I am told) find discussions that way.
Anyway, that's just for another time. I set them up for you here.
#4 of 140 Re: Price comparisons between 3DR VW and Elantra Se [germancarfan1]
Nov 08, 2006 (10:02 am)
I'm sure the new rabbit is a very nice car. After my bad experience with an early Passat v6, I will not but another VW for a very long time. So I bought the '07 Elantra GLS AT for my son. Price, percieved quality, safety feautres and warrantee all came together.
#6 of 140 Re: Price comparisons between 3DR VW and Elantra Se [john_f]
Nov 08, 2006 (11:21 am)
I think the Rabbit is a very nice small car also and a great value in 3-door trim. I see its main advantages being excellent crash safety plus standard and optional safety features for its class, well-controlled ride and handling, quality interior materials, and the convenience of a hatchback. The minuses I see are low fuel economy for its class that is not offset by superior performance, poor predicted reliability, and the price of the 5-door when a few options are added.
Compared to the Elantra (note I haven't driven the Elantra yet so comments on driving dynamics are based on reviews), I see the plusses of the Elantra being back seat comfort, price/value, fuel economy, predicted reliability, ride comfort over rough surfaces, a quality interior that is more "modern" than the Rabbit's, and noise (at least below 72 mph). The minuses are lack of crispness in the ride and handling for twisty roads, engine noise with the MT over 72 mph, lack of a hatchback (for now at least), and lack of features like ESC and traction control (on U.S. spec models at least). Also the crash-worthiness of the new Elantra is an unknown for now (as it is for the 3-door Rabbit for that matter, at least for side protection).
I think they are both fine small cars that will appeal to different types of buyers. People looking for a small hatchback with a quality feel and traditional Teutonic cues will go for the Rabbit. People looking for a roomy, smooth, comfortable small sedan for car-pooling and running around town will prefer the Elantra.
#7 of 140 Re: Price comparisons between 3DR VW and Elantra Se [germancarfan1]
Nov 08, 2006 (9:17 pm)
still won't buy a VW.
i wanna see VW improving on the quality department first. i love golf, and now the rabbit, but i had too many issues with VW in the past.
#8 of 140 Re: Price comparisons between 3DR VW and Elantra Se [germancarfan1]
Nov 09, 2006 (11:43 am)
yes I do.
Pluses for the Elantra are more room, 4 doors, better fuel economy and better reliability.
And I strongly disagree with you on the safety thing.
I will check out the cars to see about the interior, but that may not be for some time.
#9 of 140 Re: Price comparisons between 3DR VW and Elantra Se [snakeweasel]
Nov 09, 2006 (12:50 pm)
Why do you disagree about the safey thing? The Rabbit is a very very safe car, there is nothing to dispute that.
#10 of 140 Re: Price comparisons between 3DR VW and Elantra Se [eldaino]
Nov 09, 2006 (12:56 pm)
Why do you disagree about the safey thing?
Well first off I don't think any tests have been done on either car. So it is pretty much an unknown which will fair better in an accident. Granted it is safe but so are most other cars.
Secondly he mentions stability control. I seriously question how much safer a sedan with a low center of gravity is with stability control.
And finally traction control also seems to be more show than substance, especially if you have good tires.