2019 Volkswagen Beetle Review

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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

  • 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
  • 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

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.

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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.

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

Read what other owners think about the Used 2019 Volkswagen Beetle.

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5 out of 5 stars
Love my Bug!
Lesha,10/15/2019
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
Final Edition of an Old Friend - A winner!
Peter Maher,03/18/2019
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
Just Plain Easy Fun
Denny,10/08/2019
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
Luv bugs
Maryann White,07/12/2019
2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Since they came out again I traded in a 350 camero for a yellow one just bought my 9 beetle in white now at 64 I don’t want any other car since I bought the bug I got special plates and enjoy driving it every time I get in during pandemic I would see it in garage and say I luv my bug it has had no mechanical issues runs great and going to miss not getting a new model still loving my beetle will always drive a beetle even if it will have to be a used one. Now have 30,000 miles and still luv it just as much

Safety

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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    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 Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle

Used 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Overview

The Used 2019 Volkswagen Beetle is offered in the following submodels: Beetle Hatchback. Available styles include 2.0T S 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T Final Edition SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 2.0T Final Edition SEL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and 2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Pre-owned Volkswagen Beetle models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 174 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Volkswagen Beetle comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Volkswagen Beetle comes with a 6 yr./ 72000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 72000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What's a good price on a Used 2019 Volkswagen Beetle?

Price comparisons for Used 2019 Volkswagen Beetle trim styles:

  • The Used 2019 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0T S is priced between $23,000 and$23,000 with odometer readings between 49770 and49770 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Volkswagen Beetle?

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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