Volkswagen Beetle vs MINI Cooper

Volkswagen Beetle

If you’re looking to add an iconic looking vehicle to your excursions throughout the scenic roads of Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City, there are only a handful of vehicles that can help you accomplish that feat. But if you’ve narrowed it down to the Volkswagen Beetle vs. MINI Cooper, there’s still more to learn!

At Volkswagen of Panama City, we’re here to take a closer look at these two iconic and stylish vehicles, so you can get a stronger sense of what they offer, how they differ, and which one seems like the better fit for you!
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VW Beetle vs MINI Cooper: Engine Specs & Performance

Volkswagen Beetle Deep Black PearlDespite their compact frames and their similar, yet original and unique, appearances, each vehicle delivers something different when it comes to their respective performances. The VW Beetle comes outfitted with a 2.0L turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder engine that can boast 174 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The MINI Cooper gets its energetic performance from the 1.5L turbo 3-cylinder under the hood. This engine is capable of boasting 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, but falls short in comparison to the VW Beetle performance.

Interior Space & Comfort

While the VW Beetle vs. MINI Cooper are considered compact vehicles, they still offer a spacious cabin for their four passengers. Each vehicle offers more than 41 inches of legroom for their respective front passengers, but when it comes to the rear, there are a few notable differences.

Volkswagen Beetle Interior

The VW Beetle offers its rear passengers more room because there’s 37.1 inches of headroom and 31.4 inches of legroom in the second row. The MINI Cooper comes close, but falls short with 36.9 inches of headroom and 30.8 inches of legroom. The VW Beetle offers 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space while the MINI Cooper only features 8.7 cubic feet in the trunk.

Media & Technology Features

2019 Volkswagen Beetle InteriorThe Volkswagen Beetle and MINI Cooper each include intuitive touchscreens within their respective cabins. Each vehicle includes Bluetooth® technology that drivers can use to not only stay connected to family and friends from the road, but also to stream audio entertainment from the paired phone.

These vehicles both include AM/FM radios and USB/auxiliary inputs for portable media devices. The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle, however, includes a CD player with MP3 playback—allowing you to bring your favorite albums on the road!

VW Beetle vs MINI Cooper: Making Your Decision

At Volkswagen of Panama City, we hope that our VW Beetle vs. MINI Cooper comparison helped you see what these vehicles each offer and how they differ. While you got a strong sense of these vehicles, as well as the many notable advantages of the Volkswagen Beetle, you can still learn more to help you decide.

When it’s time, you can drop by our dealership to get a closer look at your options, so you can truly decide on the one that’s perfect for you. Of course, taking a spin in the VW Beetle can really inform your decision!

Schedule your test drive with us at Volkswagen of Panama City today, so you can find the right set of wheels for your trips in Springfield, Callaway, and Panama City!

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