Greene Ford Compares 2014 Ford Mustang VS 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2014 Ford Mustang

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle

Safety Comparison

The Mustang offers optional parking sensors to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The Mustang also offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Beetle doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The Mustang’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Beetle doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Mustang offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Beetle doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Mustang and the Beetle have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Mustang, with its five-star roll-over rating, is 1.8% to 2.5% less likely to roll over than the Beetle, which received a four-star rating.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Mustang’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The .’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Beetle’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Mustang has a standard 590 amp battery. The Beetle’s 380 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford Mustang V8’s reliability will be 29% better than the Beetle and the Ford Mustang V6 will be 44% better than the Beetle.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang first among midsize sporty cars in their 2012 Initial Quality Study. The Beetle isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 27th in initial quality. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 29th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 45 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

The Mustang’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 135 more horsepower (305 vs. 170) and 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 177) than the Beetle’s standard 2.5 DOHC 5 cyl. The Mustang’s 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 105 more horsepower (305 vs. 200) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 207) than the Beetle Turbo’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Mustang GT’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 220 more horsepower (420 vs. 200) and 183 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 207) than the Beetle Turbo’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Mustang V6 is faster than the Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L (manual transmissions tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

8.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.1 MPH

85.3 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Mustang V6 is faster than the Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L (automatics tested):



Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.6 sec

15.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.2 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

83.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Mustang Convertible Auto V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Beetle Convertible 2.5L Auto (19 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/27 hwy).

The Mustang has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Beetle (16 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Mustang has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Beetle doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Mustang’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Beetle:

Mustang V6

Mustang opt.

Beetle 2.5L/TDI

Beetle Turbo

Front Rotors

12.4 inches

14 inches

11.3 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

10.7 inches

10.7 inches

The Mustang’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Beetle are solid, not vented.

The Mustang stops much shorter than the Beetle:



80 to 0 MPH

199 feet

242 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

152 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

136 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Mustang’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Beetle (255/40R19 vs. 235/45R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Mustang has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Beetle’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Mustang has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Mustang flat and controlled during cornering. The Beetle Coupe 2.5L/TDI suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Mustang’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Beetle doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Mustang’s wheelbase is 7.1 inches longer than on the Beetle (107.1 inches vs. 100 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Mustang is 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Beetle.

The Mustang’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the Beetle’s (59.5% to 40.5%). This gives the Mustang more stable handling and braking.

The Mustang GT Coupe handles at .97 G’s, while the Beetle 2.5L Coupe pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 4.7 MPH faster than the Beetle Turbo Coupe (70.6 vs. 65.9 MPH).

The Mustang GT Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Beetle Turbo Coupe (24.7 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Mustang’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Beetle’s (33.4 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Ford Mustang amounts to more than styling. The Mustang has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .36 Cd. That is lower than the Beetle (.367 to .38). A more efficient exterior helps the Mustang go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Mustang get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Mustang Convertible has 1.1 inches more front legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Beetle Convertible.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk than the Beetle Convertible (9.6 vs. 7.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Mustang Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The Beetle doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Mustang’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Beetle does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Mustang’s available exterior keypad. The Beetle doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Consumer Reports rated the Mustang’s headlight performance “Good” to “Very Good” (depending on model and options), a higher rating than the Beetle’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Mustang offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Beetle doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mustang has standard extendable sun visors. The Beetle doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Mustang’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Beetle doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Mustang’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Beetle doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Mustang’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Beetle doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Mustang’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Beetle’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Mustang allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Beetle doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

With optional SYNC, the Mustang offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Beetle doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Mustang owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Mustang with a number “1” insurance rate while the Beetle is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

The Mustang will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Mustang will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Beetle.



Four Year

39% to 46%

36% to 37%

Two Year

55% to 63%

50% to 52%

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Mustang is less expensive to operate than the Beetle because typical repairs cost much less on the Mustang than the Beetle, including $79 less for a water pump, $93 less for a starter, $117 less for fuel injection, $188 less for front struts and $281 less for a power steering pump.

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