2019 Volkswagen Beetle

Buyer's Guide

The future is uncertain for Volkswagen's most iconic model, with rumours of it being reinvented as an electric car. For now, all we know is 2019 marks the last year for the second generation of the brand's best-known nameplate.

VW is sending off the Beetle with a streamlined trim structure built around a 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.

The engine's 174 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque provide good performance to fit this car's outgoing style, but do remember that this is not a sports car: handling is competent but the suspension is geared toward comfort above all. The engine's torque peaks at just 1,500 rpm, so the Beetle feels especially sprightly in city driving.

Regardless of how the Beetle suits your mechanical preferences, you'll appreciate the car's generous front-seat headroom. Adults will fit in the back, but it's best if they're on the short side thanks to the sloping roofline, and cargo space is best described as adequate.

We still like the look of the Beetle, which 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, though that car has more sporting intentions and less interior space.

Wolfsburg Edition models come standard with 17-inch wheels, 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 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).

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Specifications

There are 2 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $24,475 MSRP
8.1
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
174 hp @5000 rpm
Number of seats 4
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Hatchback
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
Wolfsburg Edition Auto $24,475 4 Hatchback
Wolfsburg Edition Auto 174 hp @5000 rpm 184 ft-lb @1500 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Wolfsburg Edition Auto 168.8" 71.9" 58.6" 100.1"
Wolfsburg Edition Auto
Wolfsburg Edition Auto N/A
Wolfsburg Edition Auto
Wolfsburg Edition Auto
Dune Auto $29,595 4 Hatchback
Dune Auto 174 hp @5000 rpm 184 ft-lb @1500 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Dune Auto 168.7" 71.7" 59.1" 100.1"
Dune Auto
Dune Auto N/A
Dune Auto
Dune Auto

Expert Review Articles

by Benjamin Hunting
November 01, 2018
Bug out.

Owner Reviews: 2019 Volkswagen / Beetle

Average Rating

1970 Volkswagen Beetle

by girlonfire on 10-14-2012
A great car for $2000
A true classic that is still around today in its various reincarnations. This was one dependable automobile. For the first time the Beetle had a gas gauge and a car heater that burned gasoline. It had one of the earliest rear window defrosters and a front windshield that was in one piece. The trunk space, which was in the front, of course was not very spacious but it was adequate especially if you did not own a suitcase. The Beetle's strength was in the snow. It could out perform almost any car on any slippery hill. There were very few four wheel drive cars around in the early 1970s. Repairs were cheap and easy.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2006 Volkswagen Beetle

by serenawang628 on 10-11-2012
I Love My Beetle
I love my red Beetle !

It looks great with its minor plastic surgery outside, and a whole-heart transplant inside and it’s also reliable. German cars usually lasted longer than some other countries, with only minimal changes within the timeline. It has the same motor that powers the Jetta and VW would like to point out that parts of this motor-the cylinder head, for instance are adapted from half of the Lamborghini Gallardo’s V10. My Beetle feels safe and strong and it certainly can keep up with traffic in this configuration.

This Beetle’s interior is as unique as the exterior. I love the small flower vase, it suits me perfectly. The seats are comfy even for a long drive to work. Also, even though the truck doesn’t look too big it has huge amount of storage and its more than you’d expect if you flip the seats down to increase the cargo area.

It takes a very special kind of person to buy and drive the Beetle. Obviously I am one of them, I wouldn’t trade my Beetle for any car in the world.

Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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1998 Volkswagen Beetle

Trim: Leather
by SuperBug on 10-11-2012
Super Bug
Great car never dies
good one gas
great cornering
strong engine
all in all ive had great driving experiences with this terrific economical car
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
5/5
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