Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

Pros: Unique retro looks; good build quality; peppy acceleration; availability of slick, stylish convertible body style

Cons: Swoopy styling takes precedence over ergonomics; pricier than similarly equipped Golfs and Jettas; cramped back seat

CG Says: The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle gains standard blind-spot alert and rear cross-traffic alert for its last year. VW drops the Dune trim, but adds two Final Edition models to mark the end of its retro hatchback coupe and convertible. Beetle is based on the same platform as the previous generation of VW’s compact Golf and Jetta, but has retro styling. We class Beetle as a Sporty/Performance Car. While Golf and Jetta can seat five passengers, the Beetle has seating for only four. A 174-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed automatic is the sole powertrain. The final-generation Beetle is just as style-driven as the New Beetle was back 1998, but it’s also more practical in everyday terms, feels more substantial, and is arguably better to drive. Trouble is, it costs a fair bit more than a comparably equipped version of a Golf or Jetta, which offer many of the same virtues, plus far better rear-seat and cargo room. So what we have here is another nostalgia trip that makes sense if you love the styling, can accept the compromises that go with it, and are willing to pay for the privilege.

The Facts
Class Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door hatchback, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices S coupe: $21,790
S convertible: $26,890
SE coupe: $25,290
SE convertible: $29,290
Final Edition SE coupe: $23,940
Final Edition SE convertible: $28,190
Final Edition SEL coupe: $26,890
Final Edition SEL convertible: $30,890

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
174
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33