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).
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed