The Beetle’s style puts it in a segment with the Mini Cooper, and that’s about it.
The Cooper is far and away more fun to drive, but also much more expensive.
The Volkswagen Golf is somewhat related to the Beetle, although it’s moved on in style, price, and practicality.
Among compact hatchbacks, the Honda Civic reigns supreme although its hatchback model is priced nearly identically to the Beetle.
The Elantra GT is a smidge cheaper and more practical, although lacking the Beetle’s iconic looks.
The 500 is just as style-focused, but in a very different way—have fun with either one while you can.
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