John Diether
Automotive Editor - December 10, 2018

2019 Volkswagen Beetle OVERVIEW

The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle will be the final edition of the German automaker's charming hatchback and convertible. The Beetle continues to offer distinctive looks and plenty of character for the price of a conventional compact.

What's New for 2019

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard across the lineup. The entry-level S gains chrome side accents and body-color door handles and mirrors. Final Edition versions of the SE and SEL carry special interior features and badging.

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Choosing Your Volkswagen Beetle

The Beetle might be on its final lap, but its powertrain was introduced just last year. Every model carries a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. VW's Tiptronic six-speed automatic transmission delivers power to the front wheels. This setup achieves an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 29 combined.

Although the Beetle wears the profile of a coupe, it's actually a hatchback with 29.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded. Convertibles have a conventional trunk that holds 7.1 cubic feet. Both body styles are offered in the same four trim levels:


The Beetle S hatchback and convertible are priced at $21,790 and $26,890, respectively (all prices include the $895 destination charge). In addition the newly standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, the S comes with a five-inch infotainment touchscreen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Hatchbacks get cloth seats, while convertibles have leatherette seats (heated in front) and a power soft top.


For a starting price of $25,290 (hatchback) or $29,290 (convertible), the SE provides a bundle of worthy equipment, including dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers with heated washer nozzles, push-button start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, chrome bumper accents, ambient interior lighting, and 17-inch wheels. The hatchback gains leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The $2,500 Premium Package adds navigation, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, a premium Fender sound system, front and rear parking sensors, fog lights, 18-inch disc-style wheels, bi-xenon high-intensity headlights, and LED taillights and running lights.

Final Edition SE

Priced just below the regular SE, the Final Edition SE costs $23,940 (hatchback) or $28,190 (convertible). It gets a unique interior featuring diamond-quilted black and beige cloth seats with leatherette inserts, and a retro-style covered storage bin above the regular glovebox. Other upgrades include "Beetle" badging on the steering wheel and liftgate or trunk lid, stainless steel pedal covers, and beige-colored dashboard facing. Two exterior color choices are exclusive to the Final Edition, Stonewashed Blue and Safari Uni (a dusty beige that matches the dash trim). The Premium Package isn't offered.

Final edition SEL

The Final Edition SEL hatchback ($26,890) and convertible ($30,890) come standard with everything available on the SE, plus the Final Edition trim. Front sport seats and genuine leather upholstery top things off. There are no packages offered on the Final Edition SEL.

CarsDirect Tip

Owning one of the last Volkswagen Beetles produced is a pretty big deal, so we recommend going all the way up to the Final Edition SEL. It's the only model that combines the commemorative packaging with the upscale features of the Premium Package. Getting one in Stonewashed Blue or Safari Uni would be a bonus.

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