Compare 2010 Ford Mustang vs 2008 Volkswagen Beetle

2010 Ford Mustang
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2-Door Conv GT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT 16 24 $30,706 $33,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT Premium 16 24 $33,406 $36,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv Shelby GT500 14 22 $46,686 $51,725
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 18 26 $24,406 $26,395
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 Premium 18 26 $27,106 $29,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT 16 24 $26,206 $28,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT Premium 16 24 $28,906 $31,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe Shelby GT500 14 22 $42,236 $46,725
Mustang 2-Door Coupe V6 18 26 $19,906 $21,395
Mustang 2-Door Coupe V6 Premium 18 26 $22,606 $24,395
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2-Door Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic S 20 28 $23,104 $24,315
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic S PZEV 20 28 $23,104 $24,315
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic SE 20 28 $24,446 $25,740
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic SE PZEV 20 28 $24,446 $25,740
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual S 20 28 $22,031 $23,240
New Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual S PZEV 20 28 $22,031 $23,240
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic Black Tie Edition 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic Black Tie Edition PZEV 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic S 20 29 $17,454 $18,550
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic S PZEV 20 29 $17,454 $18,550
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic SE 20 29 $19,538 $20,525
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic SE PZEV 20 29 $19,538 $20,525
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic Triple White 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic Triple White PZEV 20 29 $19,976 $20,990
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual S 20 28 $16,381 $17,475
New Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual S PZEV 20 28 $16,381 $17,475
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,706
$23,104
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,395
$24,315
Monthly Payment Estimate
$557 / month
$405 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
Nostalgia is still a big part of the appeal, but the 2010 Ford Mustang is now every bit a modern, refined sport coupe. The 2008 Volkswagen New Beetle’s looks are its best features—interior room, performance and crash protection are not.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mini-Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
29.8 31.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 40.7
Second Hip Room (in)
45.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 52.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
81.0 78
Second Head Room (in)
36.5 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
45.0 42.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 39.4
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.6 58.5
Wheelbase (in)
107.1 98.8
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
80.1 67.9
Track Width, Front (in)
62.0 59.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 4.7
Length, Overall (in)
188.2 161.1
Height, Overall (in)
56.1 59.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
9.6 5
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 1.18 11.03 x 0.87
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)
11.8 x 0.75 9.13 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.04
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.7 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50WR18 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50WR18 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3651 3248
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.2 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas I5
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 @ 4250 170 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
99H NA
Displacement
4.6L/281 2.5L/151
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
315 @ 6000 150 @ 5000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 20
Transmission
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.00 2.37
Trans Order Code
44F NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.55 3.87
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.38 4.04
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.32 1.56
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Rear wheel drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.62 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.38 3.19
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
Ford Mustang Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.87 0.71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.34 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
3-link solid axle Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Panhard rod Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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