Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Buick Cascada VS 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Buick Cascada

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle

Safety Comparison

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The Cascada has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Beetle doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Cascada Premium has a standard collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The Beetle doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Cascada Premium’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Beetle doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Cascada has standard Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Cascada Premium in front of the vehicle. The Beetle doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Cascada and the Beetle have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

The Buick Cascada weighs 544 to 1031 pounds more than the Volkswagen Beetle. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

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The Cascada comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Beetle’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Buick’s powertrain warranty covers the Cascada 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Beetle. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Beetle ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

Buick pays for scheduled maintenance on the Cascada for 1 year and 14,000 miles longer than Volkswagen pays for maintenance for the Beetle (2/24,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are almost 5 times as many Buick dealers as there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Cascada’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the Cascada’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The .’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Beetle’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Cascada has a standard 801-amp battery. The Beetle’s 380-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Buick vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick second in reliability, above the industry average. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 21st.

Engine Comparison

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The Cascada’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 30 more horsepower (200 vs. 170) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 184) than the Beetle’s standard 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. The Cascada’s 1.6 turbo 4 cyl. produces 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 207) than the Beetle R-Line’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Cascada’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Beetle:

Cascada

Beetle 1.8T/TDI

Beetle R-Line

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.3 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.5 inches

10.7 inches

10.7 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Cascada has larger tires than the Beetle (245/40R20 vs. 215/55R17). The Cascada’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Beetle (245/40R20 vs. 235/45R18).

The Cascada’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Beetle’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cascada has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Beetle. The Beetle’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cascada’s wheelbase is 6.1 inches longer than on the Beetle (106.1 inches vs. 100 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Cascada is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Beetle.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Cascada has a much larger trunk with its top down than the Beetle Convertible (9.8 vs. 7.1 cubic feet). The Cascada has a much larger trunk with its top up than the Beetle Convertible (13.4 vs. 7.1 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Cascada’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Beetle doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Cascada has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Beetle doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

On a hot day the Cascada’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Beetle can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the Cascada has a standard remote convertible top which can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The Beetle doesn’t offer a remote top, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

The Cascada Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Beetle’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Beetle R-Line/GSR’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Cascada’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Cascada has standard extendable sun visors. The Beetle doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Cascada’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Beetle doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Cascada’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Beetle doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Cascada’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Beetle doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

The Cascada’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Beetle’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

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