The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle vs the 2016 Fiat 500


2017 Volkswagen Beetle vs 2016 Fiat 500

Featuring that classic style that has made it an icon, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle is the ideal compact car for the Beverly Hills and West Hollywood area. And with its balanced performance that makes for a comfortable and compelling ride, the Beetle is similarly well suited to the greater Los Angeles region. Take a look at this match-up with the 2016 Fiat 500, and see how well the 2016 Beetle carries on the legendary Volkswagen legacy!


With a 2.0L turbocharged engine, the new Volkswagen Beetle reaches up to 210 horsepower. This makes it a robust and agile vehicle, and its sporty design, which features racing-inspired amps, gives it the look and feel of an athletic sedan. With a 100-inch wheelbase, the Beetle turns tightly, and it handles with incredible precision. But the Beetle also delivers incredible fuel economy at an impressive an EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway*.

The 2016 Fiat 500 lacks the power of the Beetle. Featuring several engine options, including a 1.4L 16-valve Multair Turbo engine, the Fiat 500 can only reach up to 135 horsepower. That can go a long way with a compact car, but it is significantly less than that of the Beetle. The 500 does feature a shorter body that's only 90-inches long, meaning the 500 offers exceptionally little space for passengers and cargo.

2016 VW Beetle


Next, let's take a look at what features are available on both vehicles. We'll start by examining those offered by the Beetle:

  • 6.33-inch touchscreen monitor
  • VW Car-Net
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Park pilot

Now, let's see what features are available on the Fiat 500:

  • Five-inch touchscreen display
  • UConnect
  • Advanced multi-stage front airbags
  • Front seat reactive head restraints
  • Available rear park assist


2016 Volkswagen Beetle

Choosing the Best Compact for You

The 2016 Fiat 500 can't deliver the same power or space as the iconic 2016 Volkswagen Beetle, which no doubt makes for a less comfortable drive. The 500 doesn't compensate with superior handling or fuel economy, lagging behind the Beetle yet again. Finally, the Beetle provides superior interior options, which is why the winner of this match-up is so clear. In every category, the Volkswagen Beetle proves itself to be the best option for Santa Monica drivers.

Try the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle at Volkswagen Santa Monica

If you're a driver in the Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, or Los Angeles area, you can learn more about the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle with the help of Volkswagen Santa Monica. Give us a call at 855-459-7323, or fill out our online form to get started. We can't wait to see you at 2440 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA!


*Prices exclude transportation, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

**EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.