Volkswagen Beetle vs MINI Cooper Comparison

2019 Volkswagen Beetle

Compact cars like the Volkswagen Beetle and MINI Cooper are always fun to drive and feature a stylish design. Which one has what you’re looking for in your next coupe or convertible? To help drivers near Little Rock, Benton, and Conway decide, Owens Murphy Volkswagen had them face off in this VW Beetle vs. MINI Cooper comparison.


2019 Volkswagen Beetle Performance SpecsAs both a coupe and a convertible, the VW Beetle delivers a sporty and efficient drive. It runs on a 2.0L TSI® 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that gets up to 174 horsepower. On top of this athletic engine, it has a light curb weight of just 3,012 pounds. This combination helps it accelerate and turn quickly. Plus, with its 14.5 gallon-fuel tank, your joy ride can last for a while.

The MINI Copper is also known for its efficiency; however, it’s not as strong or efficient. It’s powered by a smaller 1.5L 3-cylinder engine that can only produce up to 134 horsepower. While it has a smaller engine, its frame is bigger overall. Its 3,627-pound curb weight makes it less maneuverable. You’ll also have to stop for gas more often due to its small 11.6-gallon fuel tank.

Passenger & Cargo Room

Both the VW Beetle and MINI Cooper offer a comfortable cabin with two rows of seats. Each compact also gives you the option to step inside a stylish coupe or hop in a sporty convertible.

The Volkswagen has a more convenient design in both styles, though. While you and your copilot can relax behind the wheel, passengers in the back seats can also enjoy the ride with 31.4 inches of rear legroom and 49 inches of rear shoulder room.

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Interior 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Interior

The MINI Cooper will feel like a tighter squeeze for your passengers. The back seats are comparably cramped with only 30.8 inches of rear legroom and 47.8 inches of rear shoulder room.

The VW Beetle is also more convenient when you’re running errands or packing up for a trip. It features 15.4 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk. The MINI Cooper has significantly less trunk space with only 8.7 cubic feet.

Infotainment System

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Technology FeaturesThe VW Beetle is loaded with features and technology to make your drive more fun. For example, the dashboard has a Bluetooth®-compatible touchscreen display that makes it easy to stream music and make hands-free phone calls.

It’s also available with the Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect infotainment system. This system gives you even more smartphone compatibility. You’ll be able to access your favorite apps through Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, or MirrorLink®

The MINI Cooper also comes with a touchscreen display and Bluetooth®. While it offers Apple CarPlay®, neither Android Auto™ or MirrorLink® are available.

Test Drive a Compact Car

Visit Owens Murphy Volkswagen to learn more about this VW Beetle vs. MINI Cooper comparison and take a test drive. The VW Beetle offers a fun, comfortable drive and lots of features to drivers in Little Rock, Benton, and Conway.

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