Used 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Pros & Cons
- More practical and comfortable than other small convertibles
- Turbo engine provides a good mix of power and fuel economy
- Stylish interior design
- Awkward cargo hatch
- Poor rearward visibility
- Limited secure interior storage
Which Beetle Convertible does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle offers top-down motoring at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, this will be the last year you can get one. Yep — 2019 will be the final year of production for the Volkswagen Beetle. But at least it's exiting gracefully with its classic shape and some upgraded standard equipment.
When VW introduced the New Beetle in the late 1990s, the car's appeal was mostly about looks. This modern Beetle, however, has a peppy-yet-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It also has more space than most of its compact convertible rivals. Pricing is favorable, as the Beetle offers an open-air experience for less money than many competitors.
The 2019 Beetle does have some drawbacks, however. For one, it's not particularly exciting to drive. Sure, it has a decent amount of power, but entertainment value will be much higher behind the wheel of a Mazda Miata or a Mini Cooper Convertible. They're priced a bit higher, but we think it's worth the trade-off. Also, the Beetle doesn't have much in the way of advanced driver safety aids.
If your heart is set on the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle, we wouldn't dissuade you. But we would recommend test-driving a few other similarly priced convertibles before making up your mind.
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible models
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door, four-passenger convertible with a standard power-operated soft top. There are four trim levels: S, SE, Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL. Every Beetle Convertible comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available.
The base S comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, height-adjustable heated front seats, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, a 5-inch touchscreen interface, one USB port, and an eight-speaker sound system that includes a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.
The SE adds 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, keyless ignition and entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, HD and satellite radios, VW Car-Net App-Connect (adds various smartphone-integration apps, most notably Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) and VW Car-Net Security & Service emergency communications. The SE Premium package adds 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights, front and rear parking sensors, a Fender audio system, and a 6.3-inch touchscreen with navigation.
On top of the standard SE equipment, the Final Edition SE gets unique 17-inch wheels, special cloth upholstery with simulated leather inserts, some additional Beetle badges on the exterior and interior, and stainless steel pedals. The Final Edition SEL adds all of the SE Premium's added elements plus unique 18-inch wheels, heated front sport seats and genuine leather upholstery.
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Our experts like the Beetle Convertible models:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Alerts the driver with a warning light in either mirror if a car is passing through the left or right blind spot.
- VW Car-Net Security & Service
- Automatically informs emergency services in the event of a crash. Also includes an emergency response button.
- Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
- Automatically applies the brakes in the event of a collision, reducing the likelihood of a secondary impact.
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible vs. the competition
2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
2019 Mini Convertible
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible vs. Mini Convertible
The Mini Cooper (especially in our recommended S trim) is more expensive than a comparable Beetle, but it feels more modern and more fun to drive. Even if you opt for the base engine, the Mini is more entertaining from behind the wheel. What's more, the Mini, while sharing a bit of nostalgia factor with the Beetle, has a more upscale interior.
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata
If you put the Beetle Convertible and the Miata side by side, the Beetle has an obvious advantage: a back seat. But, since that seat is rather small, it might not be a deal-breaker that the Miata can only seat two — especially when you consider how fun it is to drive. The Miata is lightweight, sharp and sporty without being harsh. For buyers interested in driving enjoyment, the Mazda wins this one outright.
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible vs. Fiat 500
If you're looking for a convertible at rock-bottom prices, the Fiat 500 should be on your short list. Even if you opt for a topped-out Lounge or Abarth model, the price is still several thousand dollars less than a base-level Beetle Convertible. Of course, the 500 isn't as spacious, nor does it have as much power, but it has a style all its own.
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What's new in the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible:
- New Final Edition trim levels available for 2019 model year
- Coast and Dune trim levels eliminated from 2019 lineup
- Part of the third Volkswagen Beetle Convertible generation introduced for 2012
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How much should I pay for a 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible?
The least-expensive 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T S 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,995.
Other versions include:
- 2.0T SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $28,395
- 2.0T Final Edition SE 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $27,295
- 2.0T Final Edition SEL 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $29,995
- 2.0T S 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $25,995