Compare 2016 Ford Mustang vs 2016 Volkswagen Beetle

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2-Door Conv EcoBoost Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mustang 2-Door Conv EcoBoost Premium 22 31 $33,211 $35,145
Mustang 2-Door Conv GT Premium 15 25 $39,591 $41,895
Mustang 2-Door Conv V6 17 28 $28,607 $29,645
Mustang 2-Door Fastback EcoBoost 22 31 $24,490 $25,645
Mustang 2-Door Fastback EcoBoost Premium 22 31 $28,014 $29,645
Mustang 2-Door Fastback GT 15 25 $30,613 $32,395
Mustang 2-Door Fastback GT Premium 15 25 $34,393 $36,395
Mustang 2-Door Fastback Shelby GT350 14 21 $45,166 $47,795
Mustang 2-Door Fastback Shelby GT350R 14 21 $45,166 $47,795
Mustang 2-Door Fastback V6 17 28 $23,299 $24,145
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2-Door Automatic 1.8T Denim
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T Denim 25 34 $24,955 $25,995
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T Denim PZEV 25 34 $24,955 $25,995
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T S 25 34 $24,471 $25,490
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T S PZEV 25 34 $24,471 $25,490
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T SE 25 34 $26,948 $28,070
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T SE PZEV 25 34 $26,948 $28,070
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL 25 34 $29,280 $30,500
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL PZEV 25 34 $29,280 $30,500
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SE N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SEL N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line S 23 31 $29,655 $30,890
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line S PZEV 23 31 $29,655 $30,890
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line SE 23 31 $31,363 $32,670
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line SE PZEV 23 31 $31,363 $32,670
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line SEL 23 31 $34,609 $36,050
Beetle Convertible 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line SEL PZEV 23 31 $34,609 $36,050
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SE N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SEL N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line S 23 31 $28,598 $29,790
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line S PZEV 23 31 $28,598 $29,790
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line SE 23 31 $30,308 $31,570
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line SE PZEV 23 31 $30,308 $31,570
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line SEL 23 31 $33,553 $34,950
Beetle Convertible 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line SEL PZEV 23 31 $33,553 $34,950
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T Classic 25 34 $19,387 $20,195
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T Dune 24 31 $23,035 $23,995
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T Dune PZEV 24 31 $23,035 $23,995
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T S 25 34 $19,003 $19,795
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T S PZEV 25 34 $19,003 $19,795
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T SE 25 34 $21,553 $22,450
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T SE PZEV 25 34 $21,553 $22,450
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL 25 34 $24,937 $25,975
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL PZEV 25 34 $24,937 $25,975
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Automatic 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition PZEV 25 34 $18,811 $19,595
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SE N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SEL N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line SE 24 31 $26,011 $27,095
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line SE PZEV 24 31 $26,011 $27,095
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line SEL 24 31 $31,249 $32,550
Beetle Coupe 2-Door DSG 2.0T R-Line SEL PZEV 24 31 $31,249 $32,550
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 1.8T SE 25 34 $20,497 $21,350
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 1.8T SE PZEV 25 34 $20,497 $21,350
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SE N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SEL N/A N/A N/A N/A
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line SE 23 31 $24,955 $25,995
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line SE PZEV 23 31 $24,955 $25,995
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line SEL 23 31 $30,193 $31,450
Beetle Coupe 2-Door Manual 2.0T R-Line SEL PZEV 23 31 $30,193 $31,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,211
$24,955
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,145
$25,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$586 / month
$433 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Ford Mustang keeps its newfound finesse and pony-car attitude, blasting past its 50th year with a rorty new Shelby GT350 variant plus more ways to stand out from the crowd. The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is a versatile retro compact, with a choice of powertrains and coupe or convertible body styles.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Subcompact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
35.7 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
44.7 43.1
Front Leg Room (in)
44.5 41.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
80.8 81.4
Front Hip Room (in)
54.9 -
Second Leg Room (in)
30.8 31.4
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 39.3
Passenger Capacity
4 4
Second Hip Room (in)
43.7 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 55.3
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
188.3 168.4
Height, Overall (in)
54.9 58
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.9 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
107.1 100
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.4 71.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.3 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.4 7.1
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.5 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.8 35.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
T3H NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50WR18 P215/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
T3H NA
Front Tire Size
P235/50WR18 P215/55HR17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3642 3225
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 17 X 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
320 @ 2500 184 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
99H NA
Displacement
2.3 L/140 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
310 @ 5500 170 @ 4800
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 (Est) 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 (Est) 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 (Est) 34
Transmission
Trans Order Code
44X NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.24 1.14
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.24 4.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.87
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 1.56
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.84 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.54 2.50
Summary
Body Style
Convertible Convertible
Vehicle Name
Ford Mustang Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
NA 6.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 330
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 140
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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