2018 Toyota Yaris iA vs 2018 Volkswagen Beetle

2018 Toyota Yaris iA Exterior Passenger Side Front Angle vs 2018 Volkswagen Beetle Exterior Driver Side Front Angle

While the 2019 model year will see the iA designation disappear, the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA is still a great option in the subcompact sedan market. While the Yaris Hatchback might be a better competitor, many people want to know how the Yaris iA fares against the iconic VW Bug, so we thought we’d appease shoppers by pitting the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA vs 2018 Volkswagen Beetle to see how they differ.

With that in mind, we dug up some of the critical specifications and compiled them into the table just below. It includes fuel economy and power specs that are important regardless of segment, and we’ll go through them below said table. But with one glance, it becomes clear which vehicle has the advantages in what.

2018 Toyota Yaris iA


2018 Volkswagen Beetle

30 mpg City Fuel Efficiency 26 mpg
39 mpg Highway Fuel Efficiency 33 mpg
106 HP Horsepower 174 HP
2,385 lbs. Curb Weight 3,012 lbs.

Advantages of the 2018 Yaris iA

The first thing you’ll notice in the table above is that the fuel economy advantage is clearly in favor of the Yaris iA. The first row shows that it gets an extra 4 miles to the gallon through city streets, and the second row shows that advantage improve to 6 mpg on the highway. Those are both fairly substantial advantage that will see quite a bit of extra cheddar sticking around in your bank account after visits to the gas station.

But the second thing you’ll notice is that the power advantage is firmly behind the VW Bug. An extra 68 horsepower is a hard advantage to come back from; however, the fourth row muddies the waters a bit, making things not as clear as we originally thought. The lighter a vehicle is, the less power it needs to do the same things as a heavier vehicle. So, the fact that the Yaris iA weighs a whopping 627 pounds less than the Volkswagen Beetle lessens that power advantage quite a bit.

It doesn’t eliminate it though, so if you’re interested in more power, perhaps the slug bug is for you. However, if you can over look the dip in power for the extra fuel efficiency, then get in touch with us right away!

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