2010 Volkswagen
New Beetle
vs. 2011 Toyota
Yaris

2010 Volkswagen New Beetle

9.4

starting from

$27,140

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen New Beetle

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OK brakes
Disc
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Has auxiliary audio input
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CD player
Standard
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Power windows
Standard
2011 Toyota Yaris

9.1

Runner-up

Toyota Yaris

starting from

$14,215

Reasons to buy the Toyota Yaris

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Average number of airbags
5
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Good city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
36 mpg
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Cramped back seats
37.4 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 5.9
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Winner: New Beetle
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  • Rock on in the New Beetle ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Yaris
  • The New Beetle 's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The New Beetle has 6 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 4
Safety Features 8.2 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Yaris Winner: Yaris
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  • The Yaris has 2 more airbags (including Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain), 5 vs 3
  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Yaris ; optional upgrade on the New Beetle
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.6
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Winner: New Beetle
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the New Beetle ; optional upgrade on the Yaris
Practicality 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Yaris Winner: Yaris
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  • The Yaris 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the New Beetle
  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
  • Room for around 90% more stuff, 9.3 ft3 vs 5.0 ft3
Cost 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Toyota Yaris Winner: Yaris
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  • Gets around 50% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg vs 20 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $12,925 cheaper (around 50% less), $14,215 vs $27,140
Performance 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.4 vs 9.1

Entertainment System

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New Beetle
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle
2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
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Number of speakers 10 vs 4 The New Beetle has more speakers, but the Yaris 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 Not Available Rock on in the New Beetle ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Yaris
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The New Beetle can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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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

Safety Features

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New Beetle
2010 Volkswagen New Beetle
2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
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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 3 vs 5 The Yaris has an OK number of airbags while the New Beetle has very few (missing Rear Curtain, Head / Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The New Beetle has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Yaris ; optional upgrade on the New Beetle
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Luxury Features

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New Beetle
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
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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 Optional The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the New Beetle ; optional upgrade on the Yaris
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

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New Beetle
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The Yaris has the usual number of seats, while the New Beetle has very few
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Highway driving range 406 miles vs 400 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 5.0 ft3 vs 9.3 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 49.0 ft3 vs 47.2 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Yaris '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 3 vs 3 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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New Beetle
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
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MSRP $27,140 vs $14,215 The Yaris has a great price and the New Beetle is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 29 mpg The Yaris has great city mileage and the New Beetle is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Performance

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New Beetle
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
Yaris
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Horsepower 150 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 106 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the New Beetle 's semi-automatic transmission and the Yaris '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 21.6 lb/hp vs 21.9 lb/hp Both New Beetle and Yaris 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 35.8 ft vs 30.8 ft The Yaris can make tight turns, and the New Beetle is comparable to most other vehicles

Crash Test Ratings

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New Beetle
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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New Beetle
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2011 Toyota Yaris Toyota
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 10.9 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 130 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 18.4 s @ 76 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.76 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 112 mph

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