Compare 1998 Ford Mustang vs 1998 Volkswagen New Beetle

1998 Ford Mustang
1998 Volkswagen New Beetle
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 20 29 $14,819 $16,150
2-Door Coupe GT 17 25 $18,379 $20,150
2-Door Convertible 20 29 $18,824 $20,650
2-Door Convertible GT 17 25 $21,939 $24,150
2-Door Coupe SVT Cobra 17 26 $23,327 $25,710
2-Door Convertible SVT Cobra 17 26 $25,819 $28,510
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2-Door Coupe Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Automatic 22 27 $14,336 $15,200
2-Door Coupe Manual 23 29 $14,336 $15,200
2-Door Coupe Automatic TDI 34 44 $15,527 $16,475
2-Door Coupe Manual TDI 41 48 $15,527 $16,475
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,819
$14,336
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,150
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$269 / month
$253 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Sub-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
30.3 33.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83.0 84.3
Second Hip Room (in)
47.4 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 52.8
Second Head Room (in)
35.9 36.7
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.1 49.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 39.4
Front Hip Room (in)
52.8 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.3 4.4
Length, Overall (in)
181.5 161.1
Height, Overall (in)
53.2 59.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.2 58.7
Wheelbase (in)
101.3 98.9
Liftover Height (in)
28.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 67.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.9 12.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.02 10.1 x 0.79
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.5 x 0.55 NA
Brake Type
Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 7.9 x 0.39
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.7 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.0 17.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.3 35.4
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.38 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
T32 NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65R15 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
T125/90R15 P205/55HR16
Front Tire Order Code
T32 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R15 P205/55HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3073 2712
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 4.0 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.6 6.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 90
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
150 @ 4000 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
EFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
215 @ 2750 122 @ 2600
Engine Order Code
994 NA
Displacement
3.8L/232 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 29
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.84
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.15 3.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 1.94
Trans Order Code
445 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.73 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.35 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
11.02 - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Mustang Volkswagen New Beetle
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2Dr Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.06 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-bar link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Torsion-Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
30 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent

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