BMW stunned the visitors at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo by unveiling its marvelous Mini Cooper. Previously showcased in the Bollywood flick ‘Players’, BMW Mini Cooper has got the attention it deserved in the Indian subcontinent. Its German counterpart, Volkswagen has already been selling luxurious hatchback Beetle in this part of the world. With Mini Cooper’s introduction, the battle in the scarce yet potential luxury market is sure to beef up. The question of choosing anyone car between BMW Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Beetle is always tricky. Read on to know the comparison done on the basis of following:-
Crafted to perfection, BMW Mini Cooper is blessed with terrific exteriors having straighter looks from the side profile and curvy from the front fascia. Round chromed head lamps and chromed front grille with couple of broad lines painted on the bonnet accentuate the stunning beauty of the Mini. Alluring alloy wheels, Active Retractable Rear Spoiler, Polished Exhaust Tip, Rear bumper integrated reversing lights & fog lights, etc are some of the exterior features.
Contrarily, the new Volkswagen Beetle has got a bubbly kind of a structure. The alluring exteriors of Volkswagen Beetle are accentuated by Body Colored Door handles, Body Colored Bumpers, Front Fog Lamps, Rear Fog Lamps, Rear Defogger, Roof Antenna, Printed Glass Antenna, Side Turn Indicators, Halogen Headlamps, Electrically Adjustable Outside Mirrors, Alloy Wheels, etc.
The same fantasy travels inside as well with ergonomically arranged seats having curved edges resembling that of a sports car. Dual tone interiors, premium leather upholstery with an exhaustive range of options, LED Waterfall Lighting, Leatherette Upholstery, Cruise Control, Audio Controls mounted on the Steering Column, etc are some of the highlighted features of this Mini machine.
However, the new Beetle is roomier than its German counterpart and the fine line making both the cars different is the luxurious interiors of the VW Beetle. The seats of Beetle are crafted with finest quality leather upholstery and the dash is made up of soft touch durable plastics. The centre console is appointed with plastic, leather and wooden trims. In addition, the gripping of leather on the steering wheel further adds to its opulent cabin.
Engine, Specifications & Performance:-
Beneath the intact hood of BMW Mini Cooper rests 1.6 litre motor belting out 98 bhp of maximum power and goes up to 184 bhp in the S variant while the diesel version is imparted with 1.6 litre engine yielding out 90 bhp of top power which goes up to 143 bhp in SD variant. The new Mini Cooper sprints from 0-100 kmph in 9.1 seconds while the sports version races from 0-100 kmph in 7.0 seconds.
On the other hand, Volkswagen Beetle is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder in-line petrol engine, with the caliber to churn maximum power of 114.4 bhp at 5400 rpm and maximum torque of 172 Nm at 3200 rpm. The engine of Beetle is mated with a six-speed automatic tiptronic transmission. It can get over the speed slot of 0 – 100 kmph in a précised time of 11.2 seconds.
For power freaks, it’s undoubtedly, BMW Mini Cooper.
The all new BMW Mini Cooper is bestowed with ample of features comprising of Active Retractable Rear Spoiler, Wide Opening Front Doors, Aerodynamic Helmet Roof Design, 6-way Adjustable Seats with Height Adjustment also, Adjustable Headrests, Seat Back Easy-Entry Feature, Power Adjustable Outside Rear View Mirrors, LED Waterfall Lighting, Leatherette Upholstery, Cruise Control and Audio Controls mounted on the Steering Column, Tilt & Telescopic Adjustable Steering, Climate Controlled Glove Box, Comfort Access System (optional), etc.
Volkswagen new Beetle is also not far from the Mini with host of comfort and convenience gadgets like driver and the passengers seating arrangement is very convenient and caters high level comforts. Some highlighted features of Beetle include Tilt and telescopic steering wheel, AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3 Playback stereo, Power Windows, Power Steering, Air Conditioner, Climate Control, Power Door Locks, Cup Holder etc.
BMW Mini is low on fuel efficiency with just 5-6 kmpl overall mileage whereas VW Beetle delivers an impressive fuel economy of 8-9 kmpl in city conditions and 13 – 14 kmpl on highways.
Beautiful BMW Mini Cooper falls in the price bracket of Rs 24.9 lakhs and goes up to Rs 31.99 lakhs whereas the Wow Volkswagen Beetle is placed in the price bracket of 21 lakhs to Rs. 22 lakhs (Ex-showroom approximate prices).