If you want a subcompact car that will also provide a high level of driver enjoyment and let you put the top down for a Sunday cruise, your options are somewhat limited. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the available options are quite strong and unique. Both the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible and the 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible offer substantial equipment and performance specs – not to mention personalities unmatched among competitors.
The 2016 MINI Cooper
The MINI Cooper has an upscale, European flavor and the substantial available equipment to go along with it. While the MINI Cooper is built with expert handling, the small car’s sporty character means some comfort is sacrificed. For now, the MINI Cooper is only available as a two- or four-door hatchback – the convertible version is on hiatus.
Standard features for the coupe include: 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, driving modes, full power accessories, automatic climate control, cooled glovebox, cruise control, vinyl upholstery, split folding rear seats, Bluetooth, four speakers, HD radio and an auxiliary audio jack. A 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine making 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque is also standard.
|2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible||vs||2016 MINI Cooper|
|1.8L turbo 4-cylinder||Engine||1.5L turbo 3-cylinder|
|184 pound-feet||Torque||162 pound-feet|
|27 mpg||Combined Fuel Economy||32 mpg|
The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
With more power and interior space than the base MINI Cooper, plus the available convertible trim, the VW Beetle should be enough to charm you. Standard features include a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, 170-horsepower four-cylinder engine with 184 pound-feet of torque, 17-inch wheels, a power-retractable convertible roof, heated front seats, vinyl upholstery, automatic headlamps, heated side mirrors, full power accessories, keyless entry, cruise control, A/C, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, a five-inch touchscreen, eight speakers, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.
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