The Rabbit Is Back. Because City Is Expensive Enough. In Germany, the Volkswagen Golf Mk4 was succeeded by the Golf Mk5 in 2003 in Europe. This model did not reach the North American markets until model year 2006, where it was marketed as the GTI MKV.In a comparison test conducted by Car and Driver Magazine, the Volkswagen Rabbit S was named the winner among eight small cars. While it was praised for its excellent driving position, fine instruments, and strong engine. It was criticized for having high levels of road noise, uncomfortable seats, and a thirsty engine.