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 Convertible generation introduced for 2012
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.
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle offers top-down motoring at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, this will be the last year you can get one. Yep — 2019 will be the final year of production for the Volkswagen Beetle. But at least it’s exiting gracefully with its classic shape and some upgraded standard equipment.
When VW introduced the New Beetle in the late 1990s, the car’s appeal was mostly about looks. This modern Beetle, however, has a peppy-yet-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It also has more space than most of its compact convertible rivals. Pricing is favorable, as the Beetle offers an open-air experience for less money than many competitors. READ: Volkswagen Passat 2019 Review History
The 2019 Beetle does have some drawbacks, however. For one, it’s not particularly exciting to drive. Sure, it has a decent amount of power, but entertainment value will be much higher behind the wheel of a Mazda Miata or a Mini Cooper Convertible. They’re priced a bit higher, but we think it’s worth the trade-off. Also, the Beetle doesn’t have much in the way of advanced driver safety aids.
If your heart is set on the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle, we wouldn’t dissuade you. But we would recommend test-driving a few other similarly priced convertibles before making up your mind.
2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible configurations
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door, four-passenger convertible with a standard power-operated soft top. There are four trim levels: S, SE, Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL. Every Beetle Convertible comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 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 heated 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, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, keyless ignition and entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, 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 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.
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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 adds all of the SE Premium’s added elements plus unique 18-inch wheels, heated front sport seats and genuine leather upholstery.