In the pantheon of compact cars, the Volkswagen Beetle is nameplate that launched a thousand models. Today's Beetle, available at Vic Bailey Volkswagen, is higher performing, safer and packed with more features than ever before. For the current model year, the new "Bug" has picked up a new engine option, some new technology and replaced accessory package with easier to understand trim levels. Showing how the new VW compact hatchback is still a class leader means examining the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2016 Mini Cooper. Both vehicles are well matched against one another, but the 2016 Beetle still holds an edge over its British rival.
Right off of the bat, the 2016 VW Beetle jumps out to an early lead over the 2016 Mini Cooper. An independent analysis of manufacturers' suggested retail price for each car has the Beetle coming out of the gate about $1,500 less expensive than a similarly equipped Mini. Additionally, the modern versions of the Volkswagen hatchback offer a smooth, sporty ride; whereas this year's model of the Mini Cooper has taken some heat for being a little rough, especially on larger tires. For the tech savvy Volkswagen Beetle owner, the 2016 model is also outfitted with the automaker's Car-Net App-Connect system which uses today's leading smartphones to display everything from navigation to music on a screen mounted on the dashboard.
The standard power plant for the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is a turbocharged, 1.8-L, four-cylinder engine. Proving the company has cracked the code to doing a lot with a little, the 2016 Beetle with this engine and five-speed manual transmission will make 170 horsepower and has one of the quicker zero-to-60 mph times in the class. Buyers looking for a little more pop can also choose a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with a peak power output of more than 200 horsepower. By comparison, the 2016 Mini Cooper uses a turbocharged, 1.5-liter, three-cylinder on the base version. With the car's standard six-speed automatic, the Mini puts out 134 horsepower..