2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible vs 2016 Fiat 500c Cabrio

Some might argue convertibles aren’t the most practical cars to own, though the issue is less pronounced in sunny California. Still, those who do opt for the top-down lifestyle are obviously looking for more style in their vehicles, and this is clear when comparing distinct models like the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible vs 2016 Fiat 500c Cabrio. Both vehicles offer a distinct profile for shoppers, thought the petite 500c Cabrio doesn’t have quite the same extensive history as the Beetle, it has follow a similar path. Both models had a long run, then fell out of production for a brief period before being reintroduced to the market with fresh retro-inspired designs. Though both models have round headlights and a unique appearance, there are significant differences in the models that may help you decide which is right for you.

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible vs 2016 Fiat 500c Cabrio
1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Base Engine 1.4-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder
170hp Horsepower 101hp
184 lb-ft Torque 98 lb-ft
84.1 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 76.2 cu. ft.

Features of the 2016 Beetle Convertible vs Fiat 500c Cabrio

When it comes to cost, you may have noticed the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is the more expensive option, which may make you wonder if you could save some cash by choosing Fiat. Though fuel economy is also better in the 500c, this is where its benefits end. The model sips fuel by offering an underpowered base engine that struggles to reach highway speeds, which hardly makes it fun convertible to take cruising along the coast. It should also be noted that the automatic transmission, which is a likely choice for many shoppers, cuts the fuel economy significantly, allowing the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle (which comes standard with a six-speed automatic) to match it in efficiency. The Fiat 500c does have a turbocharged engine to boost the power up to 160hp, which is still significantly below what the Beetle offers. Especially when considering the VW Beetle is available in the R-Line models, with 2.0-liter turbocharged engines that deliver up to 210 horsepower.

If potency isn’t topping your list of requirements, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is also a more spacious option. The Fiat 500c may seat four on paper, but reviews say it can only comfortable seat two adults, and only if they are no more than average in height. Features for the 2016 Fiat 500c Cabrio include a 5-inch touchscreen, cloth seats, cruise control, keyless entry, power doors/lock and the Uconnect system, which still does not include Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. By comparison, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible has all the same features, except with V-Tex leatherette seating. It adds on automatic headlights, customizable interior ambient lighting and heated front seats. Higher trims also have the 6.33-inch touchscreen with App-Connect, which does bring with it Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Still not sure which model is right for you? Stop by New Century Volkswagen to see the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle for yourself and take it for a test drive.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible in Tornado Red
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Interior Quality
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Cargo/Trunk Space
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Standard V-Tex Leatherette seating

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Glendale CA
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Glendale CA