2019 Volkswagen Beetle vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Volkswagen Beetle

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The Beetle has standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Beetle and the C-Class Cabriolet have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available rear parking sensors.


The Beetle comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The C-Class Cabriolet’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

The Beetle’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the C-Class Cabriolet’s (10 vs. 5 years).

There are over 71 percent more Volkswagen dealers than there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Beetle’s warranty.


The Volkswagen Beetle’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the C-Class Cabriolet’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Beetle’s reliability 12 points higher than the C-Class Cabriolet.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volkswagen 1 place higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Beetle gets better fuel mileage than the C 300 Cabriolet RWD (26 city/33 hwy vs. 21 city/29 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Beetle uses regular unleaded gasoline. The C-Class Cabriolet requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen Beetle higher (7 out of 10) than the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet (5). This means the Beetle produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the C-Class Cabriolet every 15,000 miles.

The EPA certifies the Volkswagen Beetle as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Beetle’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Cabriolet (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R18).

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Beetle’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the C 300 Cabriolet’s (35.4 feet vs. 36.8 feet). The Beetle’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the AMG C 43 Cabriolet’s (35.4 feet vs. 39.7 feet).


The Volkswagen Beetle may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 1000 pounds less than the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet.

The Beetle is 1 foot, 3.7 inches shorter than the AMG C 43 Cabriolet, making the Beetle easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Beetle Convertible has .1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Cabriolet (81.4 vs. 81.3).


Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Beetle SE/SEL to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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