2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door

The Beetle is an icon in the automotive industry, making it difficult to replace. But despite its unique design, there are other small cars out there that vehicle shoppers may compare it to, such as the Mini Cooper. With these two models offering a compact driving experience, we decided to compare the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door model to see which vehicle has the edge and meets your driving needs.

Since both models are small cars, seating capacity for the two vehicles is identical at four passengers. Despite this, legroom does differ slightly, with the Beetle offering slightly more legroom for rear seat passengers. If you need to optimize vehicle space for cargo rather than passengers, the rear seats in both models can be folded down to have access to more cargo space. It might be worth keeping in mind that the Beetle has the edge in cargo space with all seats up, while the Mini Cooper has an edge when rear seats are folded down.

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle VS 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door
170 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque Base Engine Power 134 hp, 162 lb-ft of torque
41.3 in/31.4 in Legroom (front/rear) 41.4 in/30.8 in
4 passengers Seating Capacity 4 passengers
From $19,795 MSRP From $20,700

Differences Between the 2016 VW Beetle vs 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door

Though interior space may seem similar, and cargo space is a bit of a give-and-take, what's under the hood presents a much larger difference between the two models. Despite having a lower starting MSRP than the Cooper Hardtop 2-Door, the Beetle offers more power when comparing the standard engines between the two models. More power is available from the Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door, but it requires moving up to higher trim levels.

For example, the Cooper S is the next highest trim level after the entry level model, and it offers 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the Beetle R-Line model also delivers more power with 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. The final trim in the 2016 Cooper Hardtop 2-Door line is the John Cooper Works Hardtop, which comes with an even more powerful engine but at a starting MSRP of over $30,000.

It's up to you to decide between the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2016 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door, but if you like power at an affordable price and sedan-like cargo space without sacrificing seating capacity, then the Beetle may be a great option for you. Of course, we don't want you to take our word for it. Schedule a test drive at Douglas Volkswagen to experience the 2016 Beetle for yourself, in addition to checking out some of its features like available VW Car-Net App-Connect for smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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