When comparing the MINI Cooper's and the Volkswagen Beetle's specifications and ratings, the MINI Cooper has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency. The Volkswagen Beetle has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the MINI Cooper's and the Volkswagen Beetle's specifications and ratings, the two cars are fairly comparable.
MINI Cooper vs. Volkswagen Beetle Pricing
A used 2011 MINI Cooper ranges from $5,302 to $13,495 while a used 2019 Volkswagen Beetle is priced between $19,435 to $30,946.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the MINI Cooper’s base engine makes 121 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Beetle base engine makes 174 horsepower. The Cooper is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 488 miles. The Beetle is rated to deliver an average of 29 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 479 miles. This gives the MINI Cooper the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Volkswagen Beetle. The Cooper uses gasoline, and the Beetle uses regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Volkswagen Beetle has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The MINI Cooper has the advantage in the areas of front leg room and rear head room.