2019 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback

What’s new

  • 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

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
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MSRP Starting at
$20,895

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Which Beetle does Edmunds recommend?

It's the final year of the Beetle, so go ahead and get one of the special editions. The Final Edition SE has plenty of standard equipment plus some unique interior materials.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

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.

2019 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.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Driving

Acceleration should be strong whether you're pulling away from a stoplight or overtaking on the freeway. But deceleration takes more effort than anticipated because the brakes aren't quick to respond. It's no GTI, but the Beetle is relatively fun to drive.

Comfort

Though Volkswagen plays off the Beetle's style, this is thankfully still a modern-day small car. The seats hug you without being oppressive, and the suspension dispatches road imperfections without transmitting any harshness to the driver. Exterior noise is limited.

Interior

The Beetle feels airy and bright thanks to its large windows, and the roof is high enough for a pair of tall adults in the front — the rear can only accommodate small children. Hard, body-colored plastic trim is abundant and takes some getting used to. Visibility out the back is hampered by a small window and thick pillars.

Utility

There isn't much space in the VW Beetle cabin for personal items, but the cargo space should accommodate plenty of larger objects. Overall, the Beetle is about average in this category.

Technology

As far as infotainment systems go, the VW Beetle's isn't cutting-edge, but it is relatively easy to use, and the screen resolution is sharp enough to read at a glance. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are found on all but the most basic S trim. A rearview camera and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert are standard.

Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 5.0 stars based on 8 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, Just Plain Easy Fun
Denny,
2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

I had a Beetle in 1965. I bought this 2019 Red SE a couple of months ago. Seems a lot of people do not know what this car is about. I enjoy it more than any car I have had in my 73 years. It drives great, comfortable, powerful to handle all traffic situations. Brakes are fine to me, radio is perfect. Simplicity of use is what I was wanting, not a video game. Buy one, you will not want any other car.

5 out of 5 stars, Final Edition of an Old Friend - A winner!
Peter Maher,
2.0T Final Edition SEL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The Final Edition SEL Model Beetle takes me back to my 1976 Super Beetle. Like my old friend, this car drives like a car twice its size. The squatty road hugging nature of the Beetle was always one of my favorite things about driving it around the Washington, D.C. area. While the brakes do take a little getting used to, they seem to rely on the engine/transmission/deceleration to help you slow down; they do work when you need them. Like all Beetles, the back seat is not meant for human adults, but when you fold down the split rear seats, there is plenty of storage space. Over-all a winner and I expect to drive this Beetle like I did my last one - into the sunset!

5 out of 5 stars, Love my Bug!
Lesha,
2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

It's quick and fun to drive and the added accessories are totally awesome!

5 out of 5 stars, Just Plain Easy Fun
Denny,
2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

I had a Beetle in 1965. I bought this 2019 Red SE a couple of months ago. Seems a lot of people do not know what this car is about. I enjoy it more than any car I have had in my 73 years. It drives great, comfortable, powerful to handle all traffic situations. Brakes are fine to me, radio is perfect. Simplicity of use is what I was wanting, not a video game. Buy one, you will not want any other car.

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Features & Specs

2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback features & specs
2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$24,395
MPG 26 city / 33 hwy
SeatingSeats 4
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 5000 rpm
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2.0T S 2dr Hatchback features & specs
2.0T S 2dr Hatchback
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$20,895
MPG 26 city / 33 hwy
SeatingSeats 4
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 5000 rpm
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2.0T Final Edition SEL 2dr Hatchback features & specs
2.0T Final Edition SEL 2dr Hatchback
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$25,995
MPG 26 city / 33 hwy
SeatingSeats 4
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 5000 rpm
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2.0T Final Edition SE 2dr Hatchback features & specs
2.0T Final Edition SE 2dr Hatchback
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A
MSRP$23,045
MPG 26 city / 33 hwy
SeatingSeats 4
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower174 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Beetle safety features:

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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
DriverNot Rated
PassengerNot Rated
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover10.5%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Volkswagen Beetle vs. the competition

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.

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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.

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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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FAQ

Is the Volkswagen Beetle a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Beetle both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Volkswagen Beetle fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Beetle gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Beetle has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Volkswagen Beetle. Learn more

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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Is the Volkswagen Beetle reliable?

To determine whether the Volkswagen Beetle is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Beetle. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Beetle's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Beetle is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

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 SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $24,395
  • 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $20,895
  • 2.0T Final Edition SEL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $25,995
  • 2.0T Final Edition SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $23,045
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What are the different models of Volkswagen Beetle?

If you're interested in the Volkswagen Beetle, the next question is, which Beetle model is right for you? Beetle variants include 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T Final Edition SEL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and 2.0T Final Edition SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A). For a full list of Beetle models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback Overview

The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback is offered in the following styles: 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T Final Edition SEL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and 2.0T Final Edition SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Beetle Hatchback 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Beetle Hatchback.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Beetle Hatchback featuring deep dives into trim levels including 2.0T SE, 2.0T S, 2.0T Final Edition SEL, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback here.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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