The Beetle comes standard with one engine and transmission combination. All models utilize a 174-horsepower, 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine driving the front wheels through a standard 6-speed automatic. In its final year, the Beetle is offered in Finale Edition SE and Final Edition SEL trim levels.
The Beetle shares its underpinnings with the Jetta, which includes front struts and a rear multi-link setup. Steering will feel very familiar to those who have driven previous modern Beetles, though the driving experience has changed significantly, thanks to the revised A-pillar angle and accordingly, the abbreviated dashboard, bringing the driver closer to the action.
A convertible version gets a power-folding fabric top. The top folds in 9.5 seconds and will operate at vehicle speeds up to 30 mph. Convertibles feature the same engine and transmission lineups as the coupe, and the modest weight increase barely hinders performance.
Final Edition SE trims ride on 17-inch, 15-spoke aluminum wheels and feature chrome exterior accents, body-color side mirrors, heated washer nozzles, keyless entry, push-button start, stainless steel pedals, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming mirror, a 50/50 split-fold rear seat, heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, VW Car-Net App-Connect, a 6.3-inch touchscreen, and a powered panoramic sunroof.
Final Edition SEL trims feature 18-inch white aluminum wheels in a disc design, plus bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. Inside, there's a Diamond Media infotainment system with navigation, a Fender premium audio system, and a blind-spot warning system.
Safety comes standard as well in all 2019 Beetles, with anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags and combined curtain and side front seat airbags.