2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs. Its Competition

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell 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 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.

The Hyundai Veloster offers similar styling but without the Beetle's history or German engineering.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is a versatile retro compact, with a choice of powertrains and coupe or convertible body styles.
7.8
With a driver-centric interior design and a lighter, quicker driving character, the 2016 Audi TT now offers more of the driving experience that its exterior teases.
8.4
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.
6.6
A sporty alternative to a growing list of subcompact SUVs, the 2016 Nissan Juke is part rambunctious rally-racer, part defiantly different crossover, but it lacks the space and fuel economy of most rivals.
8.6
The 2016 Mini Cooper is as cheeky as its retro style implies—and its three-cylinder engine is a charming surprise.
MSRP From    
$19,595$42,900$24,145$20,250$20,700
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 39 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 Wolfsburg Edition PZEV2-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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