New 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback
Volkswagen Beetle Hatchback
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle range of compact coupes and convertibles enters its final year of production, but goes out on a high note.
2019 Volkswagen Beetle Pricing
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2019 Volkswagen Beetle KBB Expert Review
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle enters its last year of production. All good things, etc. Over the course of its existence, the Beetle -- available in coupe and convertible form -- has been one of the few cars that transcend mere personal transportation to become a statement. Although it started out mimicking the looks of the original Beetle (the archetypal “people’s car”), this version has made its own impact on motoring society. Which might be a long-winded way of saying that it’s cute and it’s fun. The retro styling mixes with modern features and safety equipment to form a desirable combination. Now VW is closing this chapter in its story, but the Beetle is going out on a high note, with decent equipment levels and a punchy engine.
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You’ve often toyed with the idea, but never made a move before. Now’s the time. With a starting price of $21,790, it’s more affordable than the Mini Cooper. And it’s more powerful than the Fiat 500. The 2019 Beetle is both charming and zesty.
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Anyone seeking a manual transmission should look at the Mini instead. And if four doors are preferable to two, then definitely locate the nearest Mini dealership. Although the Beetle’s 174 horsepower is stronger than the entry-level Mini’s 134 horsepower, the latter enjoys better fuel consumption (38-mpg highway).
What's New for 2019
Trim levels for the 2019 VW Beetle are S, SE, Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL, with equipment distributed more generously toward the higher end.
Although it’s no enthusiast’s dream, the 2019 Beetle has tidy handling that’s more comfortable than rivals like the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500, with a smoother ride quality and less noise on the freeway. The Beetle feels stable rather than nimble. The 174-horsepower turbocharged engine is satisfying, providing strong acceleration and reassuring passing power. It’s well-matched to the 6-speed automatic transmission, which has a Sport mode for more aggressive response, and a manual mode for those who like to get more involved. Outward vision is generally good, although rear-three-quarter vision is compromised in the convertible, both when the fabric roof is up and down.
FENDER PREMIUM AUDIO SYSTEM
One of the strongest audio systems in this class, the VW Beetle’s optional Fender-branded premium audio system sends 400 watts through four speakers, four tweeters and a subwoofer in the trunk. Fender is renowned for its electric guitars and amplifiers, and this system is made in collaboration with Panasonic.
Even the entry-level 2019 Beetle S trim has blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. It also has VW’s Intelligent Crash Response System that cuts the engine’s fuel supply, unlocks the doors and activates the hazard lights in the event of an airbag deployment. Plus, automatic post-collision braking to avoid secondary impacts after an accident.
Up front, the VW Beetle sports bucket seats that are well-shaped and supportive, while space is exceptionally generous. A couple of passengers can fit in the back, but the smaller they are, the better. Overall, the interior design is clean and simple, with a blend of modern and retro touches. There are several stowage places for phones and the like, plus a double glove box. Coupe models are basically hatchbacks and a surprising amount of luggage area sits behind the rear seats: 15.4 cubic feet. There’s only 7.1 cubic feet in the convertible’s trunk and accessing that space is awkward.
The VW Beetle pays homage to the VW Beetle. In other words, the current model was inspired by the old classic. As such, its profile is one of the most recognizable car shapes ever. The curved hood, curved fenders, curved roof, round headlights and short overhangs at each end evoke Volkswagen’s cool pedigree. The convertible’s power-operated roof doesn’t fold completely into the body (as so many modern convertibles do), so the general effect is now unintentionally retro. But still quite pleasant in its way.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2019 Beetle range begins with the S trim, which has 16-inch alloy wheels, 5-inch infotainment touch screen, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cloth upholstery, and an 8-speaker audio system that includes AM/FM radio, CD player, Bluetooth, USB port and an auxiliary input. It has the aforementioned safety features as well. SE models improve matters with rain-sensing wipers, heated washer nozzles, 17-inch alloys, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, 6.3-inch touch screen, and ambient cabin lighting. A Final Edition SE brings stainless-steel pedals and cloth/simulated-leather seating surfaces. This trim is cheaper than the regular SE, but still enjoys much of the same equipment. The Final Edition SEL has 18-inch alloys, leather upholstery, Fender audio and parking sensors.
Notable Optional Equipment
Final Edition versions of the 2019 VW Beetle aren’t really eligible for many options; the top model already has pretty much everything as standard. It’s the regular SE that offers the most extras, such as bigger wheels, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and taillights, navigation, parking sensors front and rear, and the Fender-branded audio system.
Under the Hood
Every 2019 Beetle is propelled by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine developing 174 horsepower. That’s sufficient muscle for most purposes. Highway cruising and city zipping are equally well served, especially in conjunction with the 6-speed automatic transmission and its Sport mode. Many turbocharged engines require premium fuel, but this unit is happy enough with regular. And fuel consumption (29 mpg combined) is unaffected by body style. Front-wheel drive is the only setup; there’s no option for all-wheel drive.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
174 horsepower @ 4,400 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/33 mpg (standard coupe & convertible)
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle S coupe launches the range with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,895. Add the destination charge of $895 and that makes $21,790. The SE trim starts at $25,290. The Final Edition SE model represents better value, starting at $24,040. And the Final Edition SEL coupe comes in at $26,890. The convertible models are priced at $26,890 (S), $29,290 (SE), $28,190 (Final Edition SE) and $30,890 (Final Edition SEL). For some context, the 2-door Mini Cooper hatchback starts at $22,750. The Fiat 500 subcompact hatch is priced from a more affordable $17,540, but its limited appeal means we’re less likely to recommend it to as many people. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying in your area for their new VW Beetle. Keep in mind that resale values are not especially strong.
Volkswagen Beetle Consumer Reviews
December 30, 2018
Ordered with all extras & love it
I ordered my car with all the extras, exactly the way I wanted it. I have loved my car since I got it and still love it. It has sport...
August 30, 2018
Great reliable fun to drive vehicle
Very reliable, and fun to drive; and Ive had over 30 vehicles in my lifetime.
May 29, 2018
Excellent ride and handling! Ease in top up/down.
Issues: This car does have blind spots, the wind guard is needed (option) and comes without a mid arm rest (option). Other then...
April 19, 2018
A sharp looker puts the fun in functionality
My Sandstorm Metallic Yellow VW Beetle Dune hatchback with dark tinted windows looks like an angry bug thats ready to roll over the...
November 07, 2017
Ive had quite a few cars and this one is nice
This vehicle has been absolutely 100% dependable, great mileage, fun to drive, and looks good too. Going into my third winter with it,...
December 25, 2016
Best Beetle ever made...Got me back into VW!
2014 R-Line Beetle was faster than the 2014 GTI. Enough said! AWESOME car!
September 10, 2016
I absolutely LOVE the 2016 Beetle Dune! Its fun to Drive! It turns heads every where I go! It's Fast! Awesome Stereo! The exterior is...
August 28, 2016
It's everything I dreamed it would be!
I've waited 20 years to own this car, and i can say it's lived up to all i've dreamt it would be. The sleek design is a real head turner...
May 17, 2016
Economical sporty convertible
I originally went into the dealer to buy a Golf for my teen driver, but this little silver turbo convertible caught my eye, and I took...
May 15, 2016
I love this car!
I just got my new 2016 Beetle in February and fall more in love with it everyday. I ordered a black one with black interior and sunroof...
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