2017 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2017 Fiat 500

The classic sedan body style is just not a great fit for everyone. Unique designs remain an appealing option for many shoppers as they look for a model that speaks as much to their personality as they do to their wallets. For those seeking a compact car with a little more character, it’s not surprising to find yourself comparing the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2017 Fiat 500. Both models express a rounded aesthetic and come in a wide variety of color options to create that feeling of personalization.

One thing that will surely draw attention to the Fiat 500 is its low starting price. Many of us speak with our bank accounts first and it’s tempting to drive off with change in your pocket. Unfortunately, that great feeling of a dollar well-spent isn’t likely to last long. Fiat is among the bottom brands when it comes to reliability, according to Consumer Reports, while the Beetle has been on the market for more than six decades.

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2017 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2017 Fiat 500
170hp 1.8T 4-cylinder engine Base Engine 101hp 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine
15.4 cu. ft. Cargo Volume 9.5 cu. ft.
85.1 cu. ft. Passenger Volume 84.9
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Is the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Right for you?

Reliability is obviously more important than looks along, but there are a few other reasons why you might prefer the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle over the 2017 Fiat 500. There are few things more painful for a driver than an underpowered model. The Beetle may be a compact car, but it won’t feel like your average grocery getter once you start up the engine. Under the hood is a standard turbocharged 1.8-liter engine with a 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque output. In contrast, the Fiat 500 is sporting a 1.4-liter engine with a pitiful 101 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque. Maybe you’re looking for a city vehicle, but be warned: it’s fuel economy somehow doesn’t make up for the lack of energy.

If the lack of power isn’t bad enough, the 2017 Fiat 500 is slightly less roomy for passengers, but has significantly less cargo space. This makes it impractical even for taking to the store for a modest amount of purchases. Those seeking a unique, some might even say bubbly, design for an otherwise practical model will do well sticking with the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle.

The Beetle comes in a total of five trims for 2017, while the Fiat 500 has been reduced to just three. Standard features found in the Beetle include full power features, Bluetooth with audio, automatic headlights, an eight-speaker sound system and a rearview camera. Come find out about your full options for this model year when you stop by New Century Volkswagen for a test drive.

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