2018 Volkswagen Beetle vs. Its Competition

2018 Volkswagen Beetle
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

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.

2018 Volkswagen Beetle2018 Volkswagen Beetle
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2018 Honda Civic2018 Honda Civic
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2018 Volkswagen Golf R2018 Volkswagen Golf
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2018 Fiat 5002018 FIAT 500
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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2018 Volkswagen Beetle is a competent small car that’s showing its age. The same could be said for every other Beetle on the road and that hasn’t stopped it yet, has it?
7.5
The 2018 Honda Civic is a good car made better by plenty of options and value at nearly every stop.
6.8
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra adds a versatile hatchback to the fold and makes a more compelling case as a compact contender in a value-packed segment.
6.5
There's a VW Golf for everyone, and they're even better for 2018 thanks to a big tech upgrade inside.
6.3
The 2018 Mini Cooper is an icon made better by nimble handling and infinite customization.
4.8
The 2018 Fiat 500 packs more punch this year, but it’s still a statement of style over some substance.
MSRP From     
$20,220$18,940$16,950$20,910$21,600$16,245
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-3Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsMinicompact CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name     
S AutomaticLX ManualSE 2.0L Manual (Ulsan)1.8T S ManualOxford Edition FWDPop Hatch
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
455544
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedanSedanHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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