2015 Volkswagen Beetle vs. Its Competition

2015 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Beetle doesn't sit comfortably in any one genre, spanning coupe, hatchback, and convertible competition with its unique form.

The MINI Cooper is its closest natural competition.

The MINI is more compact and more fun to drive, and it offers a similar image factor, but at a much higher price.

Ford's Mustang is another classic-meets-modern image car, but it's considerably quicker and sportier in most guises, and even competitive on gas mileage with its new turbo four-cylinder.

The Nissan Juke offers its own special look, but ride quality and gas mileage aren't the best.

The Audi TT is a notch above the Beetle in performance and price, but that sophistication and standard all-wheel drive might draw in buyers looking for a more grown-up ride.

2015 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line2015 Volkswagen Beetle
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2015 Audi TT Roadster2015 Audi TT
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2015 Ford Mustang Apollo Edition2015 Ford Mustang
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2015 Nissan Juke2015 Nissan Juke
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2015 MINI Cooper S 4-Door Hardtop, Catskill Mountains, NY, Apr 20152015 MINI Cooper
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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle offers plenty of powertrain choice and decent practicality in a retro-leaning package.
8.0
The 2015 Audi TT is quick, fun, and stylish -- but it skips full sports-car credentials in favor of a little more practicality.
8.4
The 2015 Ford Mustang finally makes the rear-end switch—and the SVO's back, at least in spirit.
6.8
The 2015 Nissan Juke is part rambunctious rally-racer and part defiantly different crossover—and it adds up to a vehicle that you'll have some strong feelings about, one way or the other.
8.6
The 2015 MINI Cooper hardtop is a slightly larger car with all the virtues of earlier MINIs and fewer drawbacks; it's nicer and quieter inside, the base car is closer to the Cooper S in performance, and it retains the rollerskate handling and cheeky character it's always had.
MSRP From    
$20,195$40,350$23,800$20,250$20,700
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3
EPA Class    
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonMinicompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Automatic 1.8T Classic *Ltd Avail*2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T2-Door Fastback V65-Door Wagon CVT S FWD2-Door HB
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
44454
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Hatchbackquattro CoupeFastbackSport UtilityHatchback
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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