It’s fairly common for automakers to kill off low-selling cars in their lineups, even those with the most popular nameplates. One car discontinuation that still hurts though is Volkswagen’s decision to sunset production on the beloved Volkswagen Beetle. We are still hoping that VW will revive this lovely coupe but for now, our only choice is to buy it used. Some might think finding a good-used Beetle would be challenging, but that isn’t the case. Used Beetles are not terribly hard to find, even the last version ever made.
The Final Edition of the VW Beetle
The 2019 Beetle was the last version ever made, at least for now we hope. You can blame VW’s decision to stop making the Beetle on a lethal combination of buyers’ changing interests, low-car sales, and even the coupe’s flawed past. Even so, the VW Bug is just so loveable and exudes personality. The 2019 Beetle is an especially solid option to buy used.
Where the Beetle gets its power
Each Beetle in the 2019 lineup is powered by a turbocharged 174-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Beetle offers satisfying power and accelerating is no problem. This compact car absorbs road imperfections well too. Although, as Consumer Reports notes, the Beetle’s emergency handling rating is below average so it is not one of the ideal choices for teen drivers.
Overall, the Beetle feels lively and engaging. It has a fuel economy rating of a combined 29 mpg. That’s not bad for the subcompact car class.
What comes on the 2019 Beetle
The Beetle is fun to drive, but this coupe’s adorableness and timeless style is its main selling point. You can get this 2019 model as either a traditional coupe or as a convertible. No matter which body style you pick, you’ll be met with a lovely-looking cabin. A crisp cloth interior comes standard on the coupe variants with faux leather, genuine leather, and front sport seats available as upgrades. Faux leather comes standard on the convertible versions.
There’s plenty of space on the Beetle’s front row but as you can imagine, space is more limited in the back The 2019 Beetle also benefits from modern upgrades. Advanced safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera come standard. Parking sensors are available too.
Infotainment-wise, base Beetles come with a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, and an eight-speaker stereo. For more connectivity features can upgrade to the 6.3-inch touchscreen, premium audio system, plus Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay capability. Some critics have said that the infotainment display is a little dated, but really it’s just fine.
Predicted reliability ratings
Consumer Reports gave the 2019 Beetle a good predicted reliability rating based on its testing across 17 potential car trouble spots. However, there are two recalls on the 2019 Beetlel that you should be aware of. The first recall was related to a potential issue with its electrical system and the second was related to its steering. If you really want this Bug, just make sure to address these areas with your auto dealer.