If you’re a driver in Manhattan, the Bronx, or Queens, NY, then you need a hatchback that’s compact enough for city driving, but one that still brings the power when it’s time to take a drive upstate. That’s why we love the 2020 MINI Cooper Countryman and 2019 Volkswagen Beetle for drivers here in the Big Apple.

Of course, if you’re embarking on your car search, you may wonder which of these iconic models is the right fit for your lifestyle. That’s where this MINI Cooper Countryman vs. VW Beetle comparison comes in. Give it a read to learn more about what each car can offer. Then, contact MINI of Manhattan to test drive your favorite.

MINI Cooper Countryman Engine Specs

MINI Cooper Countryman Horsepower

2020 MINI Cooper Countryman vs 2019 VW Beetle: Engine Specs

Small but mighty, the MINI Cooper Countryman and Volkswagen Beetle pack a powerful punch under the hood. Both vehicles run on a standard or available 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engine, and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Take a look at what kind of power they bring in the table below:

2020 MINI Cooper Countryman

2019 Volkswagen Beetle


2.0L TwinPower Turbo I-4

2.0L TSI® turbocharged I-4


6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic


189 horsepower

174 horsepower


207 lb-ft of torque

184 lb-ft of torque

While both hatchbacks offer powerful engine specs, the additional horsepower output means that you’re likely to have a more energetic drive from behind the wheel of the MINI Cooper Countryman. Not only that, but the MINI optimizes all-weather handling, too, with its standard ALL4 all-wheel drive (AWD) system.

The ALL4 AWD system in the MINI Cooper Countryman automatically adjusts torque distribution based on your conditions to reduce wheelslip. Without an AWD system available, the VW Beetle may be lacking in all-weather traction control, which can really come in handy during a snowy New York winter.

Mini Countryman Interior

MINI Cooper Countryman Trunk Volume

Interior Specs by the Numbers

Now that we’ve checked out the underhood areas of the MINI Cooper Countryman and VW Beetle, let’s slide behind the wheel and see what the cabins offer. Here’s where the two vehicles are the same: Both cabins feature two rows of seats and roughly 40 inches of headroom and legroom for the driver.

How about the differences? We’ve spelled them out in the table here:

2020 MINI Cooper Countryman

2019 Volkswagen Beetle

Seating Capacity



Rear Headroom

38.3 inches

31.4 inches

Rear Legroom

37.6 inches

31.4 inches

Trunk Volume

17.6 cubic feet

15.4 cubic feet


You can see above, that although both cabins have two rows of seats, the MINI tends to make its compact size go further in a variety of areas. For example, it can accommodate up to five passengers while the 4-passenger capacity in the Volkswagen may have you leaving someone behind.

Rear-seat riders might be more comfortable in the MINI Cooper Countryman, too, which gives backseat passengers an additional 6.9 inches of headroom and 6.2 inches of legroom. Not only that, but the MINI also offers an additional 2.2 cubic feet of trunk space behind the back row.

Fold down the rear seats in the MINI, and you’ll have a total cargo capacity of 47.6 cubic feet to load up with all your belongings.

Will You Drive the MINI Cooper Countryman or VW Beetle?

We hope that our 2020 MINI Cooper Countryman vs. 2019 Volkswagen Beetle comparison was able to give you a better idea of which one you want to drive around Manhattan or Queens, New York. If the MINI is the hatchback you want to drive through the Bronx, contact the team at MINI of Manhattan, and we’ll set you up with a test drive.

Contact us to schedule your test drive today!

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