Pinning down the Beetle's genre-crossing nature to a handful of competitors is tough.
The closest alternative is certainly the MINI Cooper, which can be had in an even wider array of body variants, including wagon and coupe forms, but with a similar fun, image-centric design and even sportier handling.
The MINI is considerably smaller and more expensive, however.
On a different, but similar, tack, there's the Ford Mustang.
Also image-aware but with markedly more sporty performance, the Mustang checks many of the same boxes, while still being competitive on gas mileage, at least in V-6 form.
Nissan's funky-looking Juke might even make the list for some Beetle shoppers, but its stiff ride and poor gas mileage might cut it out of contention.
Finally, there's the Audi TT, which actually shares a bit of the Beetle's look, but in a more sophisticated package--at a similarly more sophisticated price.
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|21 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I5||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas Turbocharged I4||Gas I4|
|Subcompact car||Subcompact Cars||Compact||Small Station Wagon||Minicompact|
|2-Door Manual 2.5L PZEV||2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus||2-Door Coupe V6||5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD||2-Door Coupe|
|Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual||Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual|