2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door

It seems every car commercial is all about the big boisterous family that needs as much space as possible to keep the peace in the backseats, but this type of vehicle isn’t the right fit for every lifestyle. Some love the appeal of subcompact cars, as their smaller size makes them easy to maneuver, especially into tight parking spots. Another bonus? When shopping between models like the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door, you also get to debate which style is right for your personality. Both vehicles are highly recognizable, and they come with a variety of color options to make them stand out among the sea of black and silver options. It’s not just a matter of choosing between German or British heritage either, as both models feature premium materials that rival one another.

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door
15.4 cu. ft. Cargo 8.7 cu. ft.
1.8-liter turbo 4-cylinder Base Engine 1.5-liter turbo 3-cylinder
170hp Horsepower 134hp
184 lb-ft Torque 162 lb-ft

Features of the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2016 Mini Cooper

One of the first things most shoppers consider when choosing a new car is the price tag, as we all like to think we’re practical at heart. In this category, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is the clear winner. The model not only comes in with a starting price nearly $1,000 lower than the 2016 Mini Cooper, but it also comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. For those who prefer the ease of an automatic, the Mini Cooper adds on an additional $1,250, at which point you could move up to the SE trim level of the Beetle for even more features.

In comparing powertrains, the 2016 Beetle has two options, the 1.8 liter turbo four or the 2.0-liter turbo four in the R-Line models. The Mini Cooper has three total options, a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder, and two 2.0-liter turbo four options. Base model get 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque in the Beetle, while the Mini Cooper gets 134 horsepower and 162 pound feet of torque. Both models have earned stellar reviews for offering fun driving dynamics, but the Mini Cooper has a noticeably stiffer ride, which is only made worse with larger wheels. It also has poor visibility for taller drivers and tight rear seats.

When it comes to standard features, the models are comparable for the price. The Mini does have a few more features when it comes to conveniences like rain-sensing windshield wipers, ambient lighting and automatic climate control, but the Volkswagen Beetle matches it when it comes to heated side mirrors, automatic headlights and Bluetooth, while having a better base infotainment system, two additional speakers for the sound system and more interior space.

We all like saving money, and the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is the way to do it if you’re torn between these two options. Of course, the best way to choose is to stop by New Century Volkswagen for a test drive.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Sports seating
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Rear Spoiler
2016 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Interior
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Design

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