2019 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2019 Fiat 500

Light blue 2019 Volkswagen Beetle, VS icon, and white 2019 Fiat 500

With more than 80 years of production, legions of passionate owners, and high-level cultural significance, the Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most beloved cars of all time. The 2019 VW Beetle more than lives up to the legacy of the iconic nameplate, with its classic design cues, fun-to-drive nature, an upscale cabin, and advanced safety features. One of the competitors of the Beetle is the Fiat 500. See how the two cars measure up in this 2019 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2019 Fiat 500 comparison.

The Beetle delivers excellent performance with its 2.0-liter turbo TSI 4-cylinder engine, which doles out 174 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Fiat 500 offers three engine options, but they all have a lower output than the turbo TSI engine for the Beetle: 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder (135-hp; 150 lb-ft of torque), standard 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder for the 500 Abarth (160-hp; 170 lb-ft of torque), and optional 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder for the 500 Abarth (157-hp; 183 lb-ft of torque). Also, with a shorter turning circle (35.4’ vs 37.6’), the Beetle is more maneuverable.

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2019 Volkswagen Beetle VS 2019 Fiat 500
174-hp/184 lb-ft Max. Horsepower/Torque 160-hp/183 lb-ft
15.4 cu-ft Trunk Volume 9.5 cu-ft
Standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System No
6-years/72,000-miles Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty Warranty Coverage 4-years/50,000-miles Basic and Powertrain Warranties

Compare the 2019 VW Beetle and 2019 Fiat 500

Despite its small size, the Beetle offers a respectable total passenger volume of 85.1 cu-ft and a trunk volume of 15.4 cu-ft. The Fiat 500 has a total passenger volume of 75.5 cu-ft and a trunk volume of 9.5 cu-ft.

You can count on a very safe ride with the Beetle. Unlike the Fiat 500, the Beetle comes equipped with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which applies the brakes to help prevent a secondary collision. Also, unlike the Fiat 500, the Beetle has a Crash Response System, which shuts off the fuel pump, turns on the hazard lights, and unlocks the doors after a collision.

For additional peace of mind, the Beetle has very generous warranty coverage, with the backing of a 6-years/72,000-miles Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. The Fiat 500 has 4-years/50,000-miles of coverage for basic and powertrain warranties.

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Front view of blue 2019 Volkswagen Beetle
Steering wheel, gauges, and touchscreen in 2019 Volkswagen Beetle
The sun shining through the rear window of a 2019 Volkswagen Beetle
Dashboard and black front seats in 2019 Volkswagen Beetle