Compare 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe vs 2010 Ford Mustang

2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe
2010 Ford Mustang
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2-Door Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Manual PZEV S 20 28 $16,381 $17,475
2-Door Manual S 20 28 $16,381 $17,475
2-Door Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $17,454 $18,550
2-Door Automatic S 20 29 $17,454 $18,550
2-Door Automatic PZEV SE 20 29 $19,538 $20,525
2-Door Automatic SE 20 29 $19,538 $20,525
2-Door Automatic Black Tie Edition 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
2-Door Automatic PZEV Black Tie Edition 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
2-Door Automatic PZEV Triple White 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
2-Door Automatic Triple White 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
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2-Door Coupe V6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe V6 18 26 $19,906 $21,395
2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 18 26 $22,606 $24,395
2-Door Convertible V6 18 26 $24,406 $26,395
2-Door Coupe GT 16 24 $26,206 $28,395
2-Door Convertible V6 Premium 18 26 $27,106 $29,395
2-Door Coupe GT Premium 16 24 $28,906 $31,395
2-Door Convertible GT 16 24 $30,706 $33,395
2-Door Convertible GT Premium 16 24 $33,406 $36,395
2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 14 22 $42,236 $46,725
2-Door Convertible Shelby GT500 14 22 $46,686 $51,725
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,381
$19,906
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,475
$21,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$291 / month
$357 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle’s looks are its best features—interior room, performance and crash protection are not. Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.5 29.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
81 83.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 46.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.8 55.3
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 34.7
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.3 51.6
Front Leg Room (in)
39.4 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 80.1
Track Width, Front (in)
59.4 62.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
161.1 188.1
Height, Overall (in)
59.0 55.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.8 62.9
Wheelbase (in)
98.8 107.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.0 13.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.03 x 0.87 11.5 x 1.18
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
9.13 x 0.35 11.8 x 0.75
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 16
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.6 15.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 33.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.04 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P215/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P215/60R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2884 3400
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 17 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 12.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/151 4.0L/245
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
150 @ 5000 210 @ 5300
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 3750 240 @ 3500
Engine Order Code
NA 99N
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 21
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear wheel drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.53
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 2.19
Trans Order Code
NA 44F
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.75
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.41
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe Ford Mustang
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.71 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 1.13
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam 3-link solid axle
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Panhard rod
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 8.9

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