2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2016 Mini Cooper
With so many look-alike vehicles on the market, it only makes sense that shoppers are seeking something unique to fit their own creative personalities. If you’re on the market for a compact car with more than a little character, you’ve likely found yourself comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2016 Mini Cooper. In some ways the models do look similar, especially with nearly matching rounded headlights, but the Volkswagen Beetle has a much curvier feel to its design, while the Mini Cooper has a square top that gives it an appearance all its own. Both models will stand out in a crowd, and in busy parking lots, but practical drivers choose a vehicle based on more than just looks alone. Both models are available as either hardtops or convertibles, though you’ll note the Beetle is a two-door coupe while Mini Cooper is available in two- and four-door variations.
|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|
|184 lb-ft||Torque||162 lb-ft|
Differences between the 2016 VW Beetle and Mini Cooper
One thing you’ll immediately notice is that the 2016 Mini Cooper starts off at a higher price than the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, which could be a deciding factor for those on a tight budget. The base model Beetle also comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission (though a five- or six-speed manual is available on other trims), but the Mini Cooper comes standard with a six-speed manual, which will mean another upgrade in price for those who dislike driving stick.
When it comes to engine options, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle really outpaces the 2016 Mini Cooper as the standard engine option for the Beetle is a 1.8-liter turbo four compared to a 1.5-liter turbo in the Mini Cooper. You can see from the specs that the power figures fall in the favor of the Beetle, but the Mini Cooper does have three engine options available. The Beetle has two, with a 2.0-liter turbo available in the R-Line Beetle, and it manages to remain more affordable for every similar trim comparison against the Mini Cooper's trim options.
Standard features for both models include automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, full power accessories, cruise control, Bluetooth with audio and a multi-function steering wheel. The two-door Mini Cooper comes with a four-speaker sound system, while the Beetle has an eight-speaker system. One distinct feature in the Beetle is the new MIB II infotainment system, which is a faster and more responsive upgrade, but is particularly noteworthy in higher trims as it adds on the App-Connect suite that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity.
Not sure if the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is the right car for your tastes? Stop by Garnet Volkswagen to give it a test drive and see if it’s the right fit.