2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs. Mini Cooper CountrymanThe 2016 Volkswagen Beetle and the 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman are iconic vehicles that just get better with time. Both are known for their great performance, advanced features and adding tasteful modern accents to their classic designs.

These models are very popular among drivers in Rome, Utica and Manlius, NY, but which is better? To help you find out, Nye Volkswagen of Rome has compared the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle with the 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman below.

VW Beetle vs Mini Cooper Countryman Performance

The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is more than just an attractive car. It’s also a powerful vehicle. It comes with a standard 1.8L TSI® turbocharged, direct-injection 4-cylinder engine. This gets up to 170 horsepower. It also offers a 2.0L TSI® turbocharged, direct-injection engine that produces 210 horsepower. Both engines can work with the available DSG® transmission as well. With this, you’ll be able to experience smoother shifts and enhanced overall fuel economy.

The 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman offers multiple engine options, as well. However, none of them offer great power. Its standard engine is only 121 horsepower. One of its two available options only gets 180 horsepower, and its strongest is only capable of generating 208 horsepower. On top of that, this vehicle does not come with a DSG® transmission for a smoother performance and enhanced efficiency.

Interior Features and Technologies

Both the Volkswagen Beetle and the Mini Cooper Countryman are equipped with advanced technologies. This includes an available automatic climate control system and heated seats.

On top of that, the VW Beetle comes with a cutting-edge infotainment system. The new MIB II infotainment system hosts a number of entertainment features that allow you to pull up any playlist you want. The system includes Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®, as well. These smartphone integration technologies connect compatible smartphones to the system so you can make calls, send texts and use your favorite apps while you’re behind the wheel.

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Above all, the Volkswagen Beetle offers the Volkswagen Car-Net® system. This allows you to set speed limits and driving boundaries when someone else is driving your car. You can also use it to pull up other available apps and navigation options.

The Mini Cooper Countryman incudes an infotainment display, as well. Unfortunately, it does not offer smartphone integration technologies or a system like Volkswagen Car-Net for added entertainment and convenience.

Comparable Safety Technologies

Both vehicles are home to a variety of safety amenities. Within the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, you’ll find a Blind Spot Monitoring system and Rear Traffic Alert. These can detect when a vehicle is traveling within your blind spots and signal alerts to let you know of their presence. They can also warn you if a vehicle is approaching from either side when you’re trying to get out of a parking spot.

In addition, the Beetle is equipped with the Automatic Post-Collision Braking system and the Intelligent Crash Response System. Each technology is designed to ensure your safety after an accident.

There are also advanced safety technologies within the 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman. However, none of these include any systems similar to the ones offered for the Volkswagen Beetle.

The VW Beetle vs the Mini Cooper Countryman: Verdict

There’s no denying the Mini Cooper Countryman is a good car, but it simply doesn’t have as much to offer as the Volkswagen Beetle. Because of that, we consider the Beetle to be the top choice for all drivers in Rome, Utica and Manlius.

Drivers looking to learn more about the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle can contact Nye Volkswagen of Rome and schedule a test drive today.