VW Beetle vs rivals - specifications

 VW Beetle 1.4 TSI 160 SportMINI Cooper SVauxhall Astra GTC 1.6 SRi
On the road price/total as tested£21,220/£24,385£18,075/£22,270£21,480/£22,300
Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000)£9,231/43.5%£9,146/50.6%£8,356/38.9%
Annual tax liability std/higher rate£840/£1,680£609/£1,218£973/£1,947
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)£2,602/£4,337£2,415/£4,024£2,575/£4,292
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost18/£389/G/£16530/£435/E/£11525/£414/H/£190
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£329 (3yrs/30k miles)£150 (5yrs/50k miles)£152/£240/£152
Engine4cyl in-line/1,390cc4cyl in-line/1,598cc4cyl in-line/1,598cc
Peak power/revs 158/5,800 bhp/rpm182/5,500 bhp/rpm178/5,500 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs 240/4,500 Nm/rpm240/1,600 Nm/rpm230/2,200 Nm/rpm
Transmission 6-spd man/fwd6-spd man/fwd6-spd man/fwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel55 litres/space saver50 litres/run-flats56 litres/sealant
Boot capacity (seats up/down) 310/905 litres160/680 litres380/1,165 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight1,359/466kg/N/A1,140/450kg/N/A1,495/470/1,450kg
Turning circle/drag coefficient10.8 metres/0.37Cd10.7 metres/0.36Cd10.9 metres/0.33Cd
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (60,000)/1yr3yrs (unlimited)/3yrs3yrs**/1yr
Service intervals/UK dealersVariable/223Variable/14820,000 miles (1yr)/404
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.15th/24th23rd/21st29th/15th
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars92/90/53/5 stars5/3/2/76 points*91/79/50/5 stars
0-60/30-70mph8.3/7.9 secs7.3/6.5 secs8.4/7.7 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th4.4/5.9 secs3.2/4.3 secs4.0/7.0 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th8.0/10.8 secs6.0/7.2 secs7.8/9.7 secs
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 129mph/2,500rpm142mph/3,000rpm137mph/2,500rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 48.4/34.2/8.5m56.5/42.6/10.9m48.9/35.1/9.0m
Auto Express economy/range28.3mpg/342 miles30.5mpg/335 miles28.6mpg/352 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 32.5/53.3/42.8mpg38.7/56.5/48.7mpg47.9/30.4/39.2mpg
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket231/153g/km/20%214/136g/km/17%228/168g/km/23%
Airbags/Isofix/rear parking sensorsSix/yes/yesSix/yes/£245Six/yes/£385
Automatic box/stability/cruise controlNo/yes/yes£1,160/yes/£175No/yes/yes
Climate control/leather/heated seatsYes/£1,995/£240£235/£1,085/£215£305/£1,050^/£1,050^
Metallic paint/xenon lights/keyless go£470/£700/£340£340/£695/no£495/£790/no
Sat-nav/USB connection/Bluetooth£300/yes/yes£1,345/yes/£295£600/yes/£220

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