2010 Volkswagen
New Beetle
vs. 2012 Fiat
500 Pop

2012 Fiat 500 Pop

10.0

Winner

Fiat 500 Pop

starting from

$16,000

Reasons to buy the Fiat 500 Pop

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More airbags
6
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Good highway fuel efficiency
38 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle

9.6

starting from

$27,140

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen New Beetle

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Cramped front seats
49.0 ft3
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
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Average number of gears
6
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Really underpowered
150 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Safety Features 10.0 vs 8.8
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Winner: 500 Pop
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  • The 500 Pop has 3 more airbags (including Rear Curtain, Knee, Head / Curtain), 6 vs 3
Cost 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Winner: 500 Pop
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets 50% more miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg vs 20 mpg
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2012 Fiat 500 Pop Winner: 500 Pop
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  • The 500 Pop's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the New Beetle
  • The 500 Pop has 2 more cupholders, 5 vs 3
  • Room for 90% more stuff, 9.5 ft3 vs 5.0 ft3
Entertainment System 9.8 vs 10.0
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Winner: New Beetle
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  • The New Beetle has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Performance 9.8 vs 10.0
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Winner: New Beetle
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  • The New Beetle 's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission
  • The New Beetle has 1 more gear, which can improve performance, 6 vs 5
  • Around 50% more powerful, 150 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 101 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Safety Features

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500 Pop
2012 Fiat 500 Pop
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Volkswagen
New Beetle
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 3 The 500 Pop has a good number of airbags, but the New Beetle does not (missing Rear Curtain, Knee, Head / Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

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500 Pop
2012 Fiat 500 Pop
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Volkswagen
New Beetle
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MSRP $16,000 vs $27,140 The 500 Pop has a great price and the New Beetle is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 30 mpg vs 20 mpg The 500 Pop has great city mileage and the New Beetle is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The 500 Pop's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the New Beetle 's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The 500 Pop's basic warranty is long lasting, but the New Beetle 's is very short

Practicality

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500 Pop
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New Beetle
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Passengers 4 vs 4 Few seats
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Highway driving range 399 miles vs 406 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 9.5 ft3 vs 5.0 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 45.3 ft3 vs 49.0 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The 500 Pop's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the New Beetle
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 5 vs 3 The 500 Pop has a good number of cupholders, but the New Beetle is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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500 Pop
2012 Fiat 500 Pop
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New Beetle
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Number of speakers 6 vs 10 The New Beetle has more speakers, but the 500 Pop has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the 500 Pop, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Performance

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500 Pop
2012 Fiat 500 Pop
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New Beetle
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Horsepower 101 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 150 HP @ 5,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the New Beetle 's semi-automatic transmission and the 500 Pop's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 23.4 lb/hp vs 21.6 lb/hp Both New Beetle and 500 Pop are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 30.6 ft vs 35.8 ft The 500 Pop can make tight turns, and the New Beetle is comparable to most other vehicles

Luxury Features

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500 Pop
2012 Fiat 500 Pop
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New Beetle
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

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500 Pop
2012 Fiat 500 Pop
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Volkswagen
New Beetle
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 4 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 4 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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500 Pop
2012 Fiat 500 Pop
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0-60 mph 9.7 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 131 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 17.2 s @ 78 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.85 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Volkswagen Golf 500 Pop vs Golf
2012 Fiat 500 Pop 2011 Toyota Yaris 500 Pop vs Yaris

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