Other than a few retro trim touches and special colors, the Beetle Final Edition is pretty much the same as last year’s bug.
Our review Beetle is the drop-top Cabriolet. A coupe is also available. The nicely-tailored top is quiet and weather tight, dropping in only about 6 seconds.
Two-tone leather is available in the SEL version, adn those front seats are really comfortable.
Blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard, and the only transmission is a six-speed automatic.
SEL’s also get excellent sound by Fender. The video touch screen is small, but works well.
Last year’s engine also carries over a 2-liter turbo four, with 174 horsepower. Performance is rather sluggish.
The real nice thing about convertibles these days is if you get caught in a shower, you don’t have to stop to put the top up. In this Volkswagen, all you have to do is slow down, hit the button, and you put that top right up.
So for the 2019 VW Beetle Final Edition Cabriolet, I say thumbs up to classic Beetle styling, comfortable seats, and a great convertible top. I say thumbs down to sluggish performance.
The test car averaged about 29 miles-per-gallon in the Beetle, the as-reviewed sticker is just under $30,000.