2019 Volkswagen Beetle Review
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most helpful consumer reviews
2.0T SE 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
It's quick and fun to drive and the added accessories are totally awesome!
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!
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.
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
Features & Specs
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.