2019 Volkswagen Beetle vs. Its Competition

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior 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.

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Quick Specs
5.6
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle offers a surprising amount of value and a great warranty.
6.5
Safety upgrades this year make the 2019 Honda Civic as compelling as ever.
5.7
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra delivers good handling and a lot of value for the money.
6.5
The practical 2019 VW Golf is a smart choice whether as a frugal hatchback or a zippy GTI.
5.5
The 2019 Mini Cooper makes no apologies for its heritage, packing charm and fun into a pint-size package.
4.2
The 2019 Fiat 500L is a tall-riding family hatchback that struggles with style and comfort in the name of affordability.
MSRP From     
$20,895$19,550$17,200$21,845$21,900$22,160
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 30 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     
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Style Name     
Final Edition SE AutomaticLX CVTSE Manual1.4T S AutomaticOxford Edition FWDPop Hatch
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
455545
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedanSedanHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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