Your car is like an extension of who you are. So whether you’re cruising around Newport Beach in a sporty roadster or headed home to Mission Viejo in a roomy minivan, your automobile can say a lot about you.

One car that’s continued to be a symbol of expression over the years is the Volkswagen Beetle. Its iconic shape has made it a favorite among many social butterflies, but it’s not alone. The equally stylish MINI Cooper has been making big waves throughout the driving community as the next conversation piece, but can it replace the legacy of the Beetle so easily?

Despite empowering slightly different characters, these two vehicles have a lot to offer. So our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine took a closer look at these vehicle’s features and specifications to see how they compare.

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Irvine, CA

Design

The Volkswagen Beetle has come a long way in terms of exterior design. The latest lineup features a look that fuses the Beetle’s iconic design with a slightly more aerodynamic shape.

The interior has been completely updated as well, featuring high style and high functionality. The R-Line model especially takes comfort and design to the next level. Sporty seats and customizable ambient lighting make the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle a comfortable and stylish ride.

Turning our attention to the MINI Cooper, there’s no doubt that this peppy little hardtop knows a thing or two about fashion. The interior gives drivers a unique premium experience with features such as a steering wheel–mounted speedometer and tachometer. The comfort of the MINI Cooper, however, is best enjoyed from the front seats due to its cramped second row.

Performance

The drive offered by these two vehicles is about as unique as their style.

Helping the Volkswagen Beetle achieve 210 horsepower is a TSI (turbocharged stratified injection) engine. Combined with the available sport-tuned suspension system, the Beetle handles turns and corners with ease.

The MINI Cooper also has some added pep in its step thanks to its MINI TwinPower Turbo engine. Although it can maximize torque supply to deliver faster acceleration, the nimble and even sharp handling can be hindered by a stiff ride.

Technology

The Volkswagen Beetle features a lot of technology systems that modern drivers have grown accustomed to, such as hands-free calling and streaming audio. Drivers also get a Fender Premium Audio System and touchscreen navigation.

The MINI Cooper, on the other hand, is a bit more tech savvy, including a center-dash LCD screen to unlock Bluetooth connectivity, social networking applications, and endless music options.

But if you really want experience the difference between these two vehicles, you’ll want to schedule a test drive.

If you happen to be in the Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, or Newport Beach area, you can test drive the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine. We have a large collection of new Volkswagen models available, including the Beetle, and our knowledgeable sales consultants can walk you through the specific features and capabilities.