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Back in 1998, Volkswagen set the automotive industry alight with the reimagining of its most popular vehicle of all time: the Beetle. After two decades and two generations, the revival comes to a close, as it's the final year for the Beetle. At least for now.
For 2019, VW trimmed the Beetle lineup, eliminating the Coast and Dune trim levels, but introduced a Final Edition trim to commemorate the end of the Beetle lineage. Otherwise, the Beetle closes out its run much the same as it's been for years.
The Beetle shares the retro spotlight with the equally delightful two-door Mini Cooper Hardtop, but the VW gains an advantage in regard to interior and cargo space. When compared to more conventional hatchback such as the Mazda3 and Volkswagen's own Golf, the Beetle is at a disadvantage in the same metrics. With this in mind, the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle represents a sensible and likable middle ground between old-school and modern smarts.
Front Wheel Drive (2WD)
F 41.3"/R 31.4"
F 39.3"/R 37.6"
Retro styling: The original VW Beetle certainly has a special spot in many drivers' hearts since its overwhelming popularity made it a staple on almost every street in the U.S. Volkswagen's revival of this iconic little car cashes in on all the original's styling cues and charm, both inside and out. The interior's body-colored glossy trim elements and simple layout are definite nods to the past and make it a standout in the class.
Powerful and efficient engine: With 174 horsepower coming from the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the VW Beetle holds an advantage over the contemporary Volkswagen Golf and Mini Cooper Hardtop and is just shy of the Cooper S' 189 hp and Mazda3's 186 hp. The Beetle is EPA-estimated to return 29 mpg in combined city and highway miles, which is between 1 and 3 mpg less than those rivals.
More practical than a Mini: Neither the Beetle nor the two-door Mini Cooper Hardtop is particularly accommodating when it comes to rear seat passengers, but the VW provides more space by the slightest of margins. The big difference is cargo capacity, as the Beetle can hold up to 15.4 cubic feet. By comparison, the Mini is limited to only 8.7 cubic feet.
Conventional hatchbacks are more practical: The Beetle and the Mini may have an advantage with their nostalgic charm, but their recognizable shapes affect overall practicality. The Beetle's arching roofline reduces space for rear passengers and cargo capacity when compared to more conventional hatchbacks. The VW Golf and Mazda3 are noticeably more spacious in the rear seats and can hold 48% and 30% more cargo, respectively.
5 out of 59 customer reviews
RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Beetle an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Volkswagen Beetle 23rd out of 44 among Compact Cars.
RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Volkswagen Beetle is $466, compared to an average of $482 for Compact Cars and $619 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
According to RepairPal, Volkswagen Beetle owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.0 times per year, compared to an average of 1.0 times for Compact Cars and 1.4 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 9% for the Volkswagen Beetle, compared to an average of 10% for Compact Cars and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle is available in multiple trims, each with its own estimated fuel economy, here are the EPA estimates for each trim:
The Volkswagen Beetle received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars from RepairPal, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Volkswagen Beetle as 22 out of 44 among Compact Car
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Here is what's new for the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle: