There are few cars we can think of more charming than the Beetle Convertible, whose look we'd argue is even more iconic than the coupe's.
The future is uncertain for the Beetle, which may be reincarnated as an electric vehicle in the coming years, with 2019 marking the last year for the second generation of the brand's best-known nameplate.
This year brings a streamlined trim structure built around a new Wolfsburg Edition trim that lines up next to the Dune package, carried over from last year's model.
A 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine once again provides the Beetle's motivation and is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.
With 174 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the Beetle boasts good performance to fit this car's strong style, but do remember that this is not a sports car: handling is competent but the suspension is geared toward comfort above all. The Beetle feels especially sprightly in city driving thanks to torque that peaks at just 1,500 rpm.
Front-seat headroom is generous even with the roof in place, and while adults will fit in the back, it's best if they're on the short side. The convertible treatment sacrifices the Beetle's handy hatchback for roof stowage space and thus limits the car's practicality.
The Beetle benefited nicely from a restyling effort a few years ago that added some sharp edges to its rounded roofline and fenders. Some will still unfairly label this a "girl car," whatever that even means, but to us it's simply a well-executed look for buyers who want to stand out on a reasonable budget.
Truthfully, the Beetle doesn't have many direct competitors. Mini comes closest with the also-stylish Cooper convertible, though that car has more sporting intentions and less interior space.
Wolfsburg Edition models come standard with 17-inch wheels, black roof, sunroof, passive keyless entry, blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, beige cloth seats, leather-trimmed shifter and steering wheel, automatic climate control, navigation, smartphone integration and satellite radio.
An optional style package brings 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and taillights, fog lights, a choice of black or brown roof and diamond-stitched leather seating in black, beige or brown.
The Beetle Dune carries over with its lifted suspension, unique 18-inch wheels, stiffer front stabilizer bar and trim-specific cosmetic touches.
Fuel consumption estimates are 9.0/7.2 L/100 km (city/highway).
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed