2008 Volkswagen Beetle vs. Its Competition

2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe 2-door Auto S Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

A few cars bring back designs from the 1960s in newly updated forms.

The MINI Cooper is one--and it's a success at reinventing the MINI's charm on a larger scale.

The Ford Mustang hits the right styling notes and offers convertible and V-8 editions to boot.

If you're looking for an inexpensive German car with good handling and fuel economy and more room, Volkswagen's own Rabbit hatchback has a four-door version, a rich interior, up-to-date equipment, and good crash test performance.

2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Coupe 2-door Auto S Side Exterior View2008 Volkswagen Beetle
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Quick Specs
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.
The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit is a high-quality compact vehicle throughout, though it's not particularly sporty or fuel-efficient.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Gas I5Gas V6Gas I5
EPA Class  
Style Name  
2-Door Manual S2-Door Coupe V62-Door HB Manual S
Front Wheel DriveRear wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door HB
Manual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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