2019 Volkswagen Beetles in RI
Few cars are as iconic a brand symbol as the Volkswagen Beetle, with its unique look that has changed so little over the seven decades that it’s been sold in America. But all good things must end, and VW has announced (another) end to the bug-eyed favorite, with 2019 as its final model year. This includes a convertible edition with a user-friendly one-touch soft top. There are four trims available for both the hardtop and ragtop Beetle: the S, SE, Final Edition SE, and Final Edition SEL. To honor its history, the ’19 Beetle includes some retro-style reminders of its legacy, from the trio of analog gauges to the throwback Kaferfach glove compartment.
The Beetle Hardtop
The base S trim of the hardtop comes with heated power exterior mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, cloth seats, backup camera, blind-spot monitor, rear-traffic alert, and a rear spoiler. The SE gets a panoramic sliding sunroof, interior ambient lighting with three colors and four positions, a Kaferfach heritage-inspired glove box, rain-sensing wipers, and heated windshield washer nozzles. The Final Edition SE adds leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and unique Final Edition gloss-black interior and exterior elements. The SEL Final Edition receives sporty bumpers, park distance control, foglights, and comfort sport seats. While the Final Edition trims come in just two colors: Safari Uni and Stonewashed Blue Metallic, the others are available in a palette of nine paint hues, including the eye-catching Habanero Orange Metallic.
The Beetle Convertible
The convertible version of the Bug offers a tad more standard features than the solid top, with the base S getting leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, heated windshield washer nozzles, and interior ambient lighting in three changeable colors. The SE adds dual-zone climate control, push-button start, and the VW Car-Net App-Connect feature. The Convertible Final Edition SE receives quilted leatherette seating and trim-specific design elements, while the Final Edition SEL gets a Fender premium audio system and an upgraded infotainment system with navigation.
Performance and Fun Factor
All ’19 Beetles come standard with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque for zippy and enjoyable driving. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic (manual mode) plus Sport mode feature and achieves an EPA-rated 26 miles per gallon around town and 33 miles per gallon on the interstate. Daily driving in this last-edition Beetle is that much more fun with the peace of mind you get from the People First Warranty, also known as America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty. It covers the Beetle from end to end for 6 years or 72,000 and is fully transferable to a new owner.