In the US, VW dealers will be more than happy to sell you one of the new Rabbits, GTIs, or Jettas. Ask for one of the last-generation cars, however, and you'll likely be directed to a pre-owned area, where there should be plenty of off-lease examples to choose from. If you cross the border into Canada, it's a different story entirely. You see, the old Golf and Jetta are still available as 2007 models ... right alongside the new Rabbit and Jetta.

The 2007 City Golf starts at $14,900 CAD ($13,203 USD), while the City Jetta opens at $16,700 CAD ($14,797 USD). At this point, you're wondering why anyone would buy the old cars when the Rabbit starts at $14,990 USD. Simple: In Canada, the Rabbit is a lot more expensive, with a starting price of $19,990 CAD for the 3-door. That's $17,720 USD.

VW Canada execs decided that 20 grand was too high an asking price to simply get into a VW, and so the City Golf and City Jetta were born. As for the cars themselves, everything should be familiar. They get the 115-horsepower 2.0L underhood, and the interiors and exteriors are unchanged from the cars we remember. Actually, check that: they do get "City" badging in back. The City Golf is built in Brazil and the City Jetta comes from Mexico. Both cars come with a nice set of standard equipment and offer decent fuel economy to boot. They still look good, too.

[Source: VW Canada via]

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