The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle and the FIAT 500 may seem similar, but they only have one thing in common: their own unique, compact design. Other than that, their features and performance contrast, making Utica, Rome, and Manlius drivers’ car buying decision easier.

However, if you still need a little help making your choice, Nye Volkswagen of Rome has provided a comparison of the two cars below.

Small Cars, Big Performance

Volkswagen Beetle Rome, NYPerformance for the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle doesn’t match its compact size. Instead, it delivers 170 horsepower with its standard 1.8-liter TSI® turbocharged and direct injection engine. For those looking for even more power, a 2.0-liter TSI® engine that achieves up to 210 horsepower also is available.

The FIAT 500 features four engine options, two of which are turbocharged. Unfortunately, it offers less power and can only get up to 101 horsepower with its standard engine and 160 horsepower with its strongest engine.

Space for All

Interior space for both the Volkswagen Beetle and FIAT Fiat 500 is surprisingly large. The FIAT 500 offers 75.5 cubic feet in passenger volume and about 40 and 31 inches in front and rear seat legroom, respectively.

The 2016 VW Beetle also offers 31 inches in rear seat legroom, but it offers a total of 41 inches in the front seats for added comfort. On top of that, this compact vehicle has 85.1 cubic feet of passenger room so you and your passengers have the room to stretch and feel even more relaxed as you take on the open roads.

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VW Beetle vs. FIAT 500: Tech Features

The latest models of the VW Beetle and FIAT 500 are technologically advanced ones designed for your convenience and entertainment. In the Volkswagen Beetle, you’ll find the all-new MIB II infotainment system with USB and VW Car Net® App Connect for access to your favorite smartphone apps from the vehicle information screen.

On top of that, this year’s new VW Beetle has Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink for seamless smartphone integration to help you make calls and send texts safely. You’ll also have access to a selection of remote services and security options.

Inside the new FIAT 500, you’ll find the Uconnect infotainment system that offers entertainment radio options and Bluetooth® connectivity. While these features can make your drives a little better, the technology in the FIAT 500 doesn’t come with the option to integrate smartphones, access mobile apps, or use remote and security services.

Safety and Security

In terms of safety and security, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle maintains its reliable reputation with a 5-Star Overall Crash Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Plus it comes with a selection of driver assist safety technologies, including a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, and an Automatic Post-Collision Braking system for extra peace of mind.

The FIAT 500 received a 4-Star Overall Crash Test Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it only offers a Rear Park Assist system as driver assist technology.

The differences between the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle and the FIAT 500 show that the VW Beetle is a great choice for drivers looking to experience power, innovation, and spacious comfort. So if you’re in the market for a new car, choose the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle and contact Nye Volkswagen of Rome to schedule your test drive today! 

Read more about the Beetle with our 2016 VW Beetle vehicle review too.

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