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2014 smart fortwo electric drive vs. 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the smart fortwo electric drive and the Volkswagen Beetle in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen Beetle you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the smart fortwo electric drive, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). When looking only at MSRP, the smart fortwo electric drive will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Beetle. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the smart fortwo electric drive will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Volkswagen Beetle.

Dimensions
Since the smart fortwo electric drive is much slimmer than the Volkswagen Beetle, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the smart fortwo electric drive, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Beetle.

Drivetrain
The smart fortwo electric drive has much less torque than the Volkswagen Beetle, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The smart fortwo electric drive has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Beetle, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the smart fortwo electric drive is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Beetle. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Utility
The smart fortwo electric drive has less seating than the Volkswagen Beetle, making the Volkswagen Beetle the better choice if you need to chauffeur many passengers. With its significantly greater cargo capacity, the smart fortwo electric drive will be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Volkswagen Beetle.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the smart fortwo electric drive than that of the Volkswagen Beetle.

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2014 smart
fortwo electric drive

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MSRP*: $28,000

2015 Volkswagen
Beetle

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MSRP*: $25,345 - $29,595
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City MPG: 122
Top 10 Fuel Efficient
23 - 30
Highway MPG: 93 31 - 40
Engine(s): 74-hp, (electric) Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 2 - 2 4 - 4
Basic Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
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Invoice*: $26,040 $24,331 - $28,411

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