The value of the Beetle isn’t its position as a budget city runabout – the Honda Fit is better there. Nor can it trade on hatchback practicality, where the VW Golf across the showroom will reign supreme. No, the value of the Beetle (this year especially) is nostalgia and character. The Beetle to have is one of the two Final Editions, which celebrate the retro design with design tweaks that elevate the interior and exterior.
Luckily, the Final Edition trims are both reasonably priced. We wouldn’t blame anyone for choosing the Final Edition SE, which includes niceties like heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control but still checks in $1,350 cheaper than a regular SE.
But if we’re following our hearts, it’s the Final Edition SEL that we’d have. With retro 18-inch chrome-center wheels, leather seats, premium sound, LED lights, and navigation, it’s a Beetle worthy of a sendoff. The Final Edition SEL is a bargain of its own, costing less than a Beetle SE with the optional Premium package and just a few thousand more than the Final Edition SE.
With everything standard, the Final Edition SEL requires no option selection. We’ll have ours in Stonewashed Blue, please:
- Model:2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SEL
- Engine:2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output:174 hp / 184 lb-ft
- Transmission:Six-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy:26 City / 33 Hwy
- Base Price: $26,890 (including the $895 destination fee)
- Best Value Price:$26,890