Used 2019 Volkswagen Beetle
Pros & Cons
- Stylish interior design
- Powerful engine with strong fuel economy
- More practical than other high-style small cars
- Less practical than conventional compact hatchbacks
- More expensive than competitors
Which Beetle does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The resurrected Beetle of the late 1990s had all the right curves to foster fond memories from the 1950s. And over the past few decades, it has continued to offer a pleasing mix of style and practicality. Time, however, has once again caught up to the Beetle, and VW says 2019 will be the car's final production year.
The 2019 Beetle is a strong option for buyers interested in style and a bit of performance. It looks like nothing else on the road, and its standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine provides a satisfying amount of thrust. This year, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all but the base model, as are blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
What's it lacking? Well, a bit of a modern touch, really. The infotainment interface, while easy to use, isn't as modern or stylish as systems that competitors offer. And while some safety features are standard, the Beetle doesn't offer a forward collision warning or adaptive cruise control system at all — both of which are becoming commonplace in rivals.
If your heart is set on the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle, we wouldn't dissuade you. But some options are higher up on our list. If you want a hatchback with some decent space for four adults, we'd steer you toward competitors such as the Mazda 3 or the Mini Cooper 4 Door Hardtop. Alternately, a Mazda Miata or a Toyota FR-S will provide a more thrilling driving experience.
Volkswagen Beetle models
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door hatchback that seats four people (the convertible Beetle is reviewed separately). There are four trim levels: S, SE, Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL. Every Beetle comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 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 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, a sunroof, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, keyless ignition and entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, 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 optional 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 has all of the SE Premium's added elements plus 18-inch wheels, heated front sport seats and genuine leather upholstery.
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Our experts like the Beetle models:
- VW Car-Net Security & Service
- Automatically informs emergency services in the event of a crash. Also includes an emergency response button.
- Blind-Spot Monitor
- Keeps track of your blind spots and uses side mirror lights to alert you to the presence of other cars.
- Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
- Automatically applies the brakes in the event of a collision, reducing the likelihood of a secondary impact.
Volkswagen Beetle vs. the competition
2019 Volkswagen Beetle
2019 Mini Hardtop 2 Door
Volkswagen Beetle vs. Mini Hardtop 2 Door
Right alongside the Beetle, the Mini Cooper is a good option for those who want something with style and nostalgia. The Mini also offers a few different powertrain options. Prices on the Mini Cooper can be higher, especially with the performance options, but it's the one we'd rather live with on a daily basis.
Volkswagen Beetle vs. Fiat 500
Another back-from-the-dead hatchback, the Fiat 500 offers a retro design and a small size that makes it easy to park. However, it's not particularly good on fuel economy, nor is its interior as modern as we'd like. Its increasingly dated design makes the Beetle a better option.
Volkswagen Beetle vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Mazda Miata continues to improve. Along with stellar handling, this year's Miata has more power and a few other refinements. Sure, it only has two seats and the Beetle has four, but fun requires compromise sometimes. Besides, those back seats in the Beetle are pretty much a penalty box for adults.
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What's new in the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle:
- 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 generation introduced for 2012
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How much should I pay for a 2019 Volkswagen Beetle?
The least-expensive 2019 Volkswagen Beetle is the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $20,895.
Other versions include:
- 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $20,895
- 2.0T Final Edition SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $23,045
- 2.0T Final Edition SEL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $25,995
- 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $24,395