The Beetle doesn't sit comfortably in any one genre, spanning coupe, hatchback, and convertible competition with its unique form.
Its most natural competitor is certainly the Mini Cooper, which is available in a far wider range of models with many customizable options.
But the VW is cheaper and certainly has some quirky style of its own.
The Nissan Juke may have four doors, but its rear seat is tight, so it's a good rival for the Beetle.
If you're set on a VW, you owe it to yourself to look across the showroom at the Volkswagen Golf and GTI lineup, which is far more modern and sophisticated than the Beetle without being much pricier.
And we're also throwing in the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins on account of their value pricing, but they're a lot sportier than the Beetle.
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|2017 Volkswagen BeetleBrowse Used Listings||2017 Nissan JukeBrowse Used Listings||2017 Subaru BRZBrowse Used Listings||2017 Toyota 86Browse Used Listings||2017 Volkswagen GolfBrowse Used Listings||2017 MINI CooperBrowse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded H-4||Premium Unleaded H-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3|
|Compact Cars||Small Station Wagon||Minicompact Cars||Minicompact Cars||Compact Cars||Subcompact Cars|
|1.8T S Automatic||FWD S||Premium Manual||Manual (Natl)||1.8T 4-Door S Manual||Cooper FWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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