Herndon, VA (September 17, 2018) — The first Volkswagen Beetle arrived in the United States in 1949, and quickly became a cultural touchstone for an entire generation. Nearly seven decades later, the Beetle is one of the most iconic cars in the world. The third generation Beetle is modernized with 21st century conveniences, while holding on to its rich heritage.
New for 2019
The 2019 Beetle is offered with a standard automatic transmission with Tiptronic® in four trims—S, SE, Final Edition SE, and Final Edition SEL.
All Beetle models for the 2019 model year come equipped with standard Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. For an enhanced exterior, the Beetle S now features standard body-colored side mirrors with integrated turn signals, body-colored door handles, and body-colored side sills with chrome accents.
The Final Edition SE offers standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, chrome exterior accents, heated washer nozzles, KESSY® keyless access with push-button start, rhombus cloth seating surfaces with leatherette inserts, heated seats, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with unique “Beetle” clip, stainless steel pedal caps and metal scuff plates, unique Safari Uni color dashpad, Climatronic®, gloss-black center console, three-color ambient lighting, Composition Media infotainment, SiriusXM® radio, Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect, and a “Beetle” badge on tailgate replaces the typical “Turbo” badge.
The Final Edition SEL features standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Pure White accents, Bi-Xenon® headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), LED taillights and rear license-plate lighting, fog lights, diamond-stitched leather seats, Discover Media infotainment with navigation, Car-Net Security & Service and Guide & Inform, Fender® Premium Audio, and Park Distance Control.
Pricing for the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle starts at $20,895. The destination charge for all Beetle models is an additional $895.
Paying homage to its rich heritage, the 2019 Beetle coupe retains the distinctive silhouette of its predecessors, while offering a more dynamic and athletic stance. Its roof profile also runs distinctly lower than in previous generations for a bolder appearance. At 71.2 inches wide, 58.5 inches tall, and 168.4 inches long, wide tracks and a long wheelbase give the car sporty proportions, without compromising charm.
The Beetle S rides on 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while SE models offer standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, with 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels available in the Premium Package. Final Edition SE models feature 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while Final Edition SEL has 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
All models feature body-colored side mirrors with integrated turn signals, body-colored door handles, body-colored side sills with chrome accents, an integrated spoiler, and “Turbo” badging on the tailgate. All models above the entry-level S receive chrome trim on the lower window for a bit of upscale flair, and feature heated washer nozzles.
SE models have standard chrome bumper accents, automatic headlights, and rain-sensing wipers. The Premium Package ($2,500) adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), LED taillights and license plate light, and fog lights. Final Edition SEL models feature these premium features as standard equipment.
The Final Edition models replace the “Turbo” badge on the tailgate with the Beetle nameplate.
For a classic touch, 2019 Beetle models—Final Edition SE trims and above—integrate a kaeferfach glovebox or “Beetle bin” into the dashboard. The lid folds upward, while the standard glovebox opens downward.
Standard features on the Beetle include a rearview camera; power windows with one-touch up/down; heated washer nozzles; heated seats; and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, shift knob, and brake lever. All models besides the base S feature an auto-dimming rearview mirror, interior chrome trim, three-color ambient lighting, and a panoramic sunroof.
Final Edition SE models include KESSY keyless access with push-button start, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with unique “Beetle” clip, stainless steel pedal caps and metal scuff plates, Climatronic, gloss-black center console, and three-color ambient lighting, as well as a unique Safari Uni color dashpad. SE models add a body-colored dashpad and body-colored upper door sills.
Cloth seats are standard on S, while SE models feature standard leatherette seating surfaces. Final Edition SE models feature rhombus cloth seating surfaces with leatherette inserts, while SEL models have standard leather seating surfaces with diamond stitching. Final Edition SEL models also feature Sport seats, while all other models feature Comfort seats.
With 37.1 inches of rear-seat headroom, 41.3 inches of front legroom, and 55.3 inches of front shoulder room, space is plentiful in the 2019 Beetle. Overall interior volume is 85 cu-ft, with 15.4 cu-ft of trunk space. With the seats folded, rear utility capacity increases to 29.9 cu-ft. A split-folding rear seat and a wide opening trunk lid help ease loading and unloading.
MIB II Infotainment. All 2019 Beetle models feature Volkswagen’s innovative MIB II touchscreen infotainment system. The display utilizes a capacitive-touch sensor (as in smartphone and tablet technology) rather than the more common resistive touchscreens that require pressure, enabling gesture controls like swiping and even pinch-zooming.
The Beetle S is equipped with the Composition Color unit, which features a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display. The infotainment system also offers aux-in and USB (one port) multimedia interfaces, as well as a rearview camera and standard Bluetooth® technology for compatible devices.
All other Beetle models are equipped with a 6.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display—SE and Final Edition SE with the Composition Media unit; SE models equipped with the optional Premium Package and Final Edition SEL models with the Discover Media system with navigation.
Both units offer a USB port, SiriusXM radio for a three month trial period, and HD Radio. Both units also have the ability to send and receive SMS text messages with Bluetooth with compatible phones and pair two phones simultaneously. The Discover Media unit offers 2.5D navigation, featuring one-shot voice destination entry, destination entry with search and auto-complete, and predicts possible destinations based on often used routes.
Volkswagen Car-Net. Volkswagen is committed to driving the development of more connected and intelligent vehicles, and the Car-Net connectivity system is a major element in achieving that goal. Features available through Car-Net are divided into three key areas: “App-Connect,” “Security & Service,” and “Guide & Inform.”
Car-Net App-Connect smartphone integration for compatible devices is standard on all Final Edition and SE models. App-Connect offers users the ability to run select smartphone apps directly on the vehicle’s display through services such as Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM and MirrorLink®.
Equipped on SE and Final Edition SEL models, Car-Net Security & Service is a suite of elements that provides security features and also allows owners to access their VW remotely through vw.com/carnet as well as a smartphone app.
Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped with VW Car-Net Security & Service will receive a six-month trial subscription from Verizon Connect Inc. that starts on date of your Volkswagen purchase for no additional charge. To extend the benefits of this system after the trial, customers can choose from a number of payment options: One year for $199 and two years for $378, or month-to-month for $17.99, plus applicable taxes and fees. App-Connect can be used free-of-charge and is not included as part of the subscription-based services.
Available Car-Net Security & Service features include Automatic Crash Notification, which can help automatically notify an operator who can quickly contact first responders in the event of a collision; Manual Emergency Call, a feature that allows for quick access to customer specialists at the touch of a button; Roadside Assistance, for added peace-of-mind in the event of trouble on the road; and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which uses Car-Net Security & Service to assist law enforcement with locating your vehicle in the event that it is stolen.
In addition, Car-Net Security & Service offers remote vehicle access, remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash of lights, last parked location information, and remote status check (doors and windows). Consumers will also be able to send a location from their connected smart device to the factory-installed compatible navigation system on select models. For consumers who prefer a more personal touch, Agent Destination Assist is also available.
Car-Net Security & Service also includes Family Guardian, which offers features such as: speed alert, which notifies you when the pre-determined maximum speed limit is exceeded; boundary alert, which lets you know when the vehicle has traveled outside of a pre-set virtual boundary; curfew alert, which notifies you if your vehicle is driven while curfew alert is on; and valet alert, which lets you know if your vehicle is driven more than 0.2 miles from the valet drop-off location.
Diagnostics and maintenance information is also available through Car-Net Security & Service. In addition to the vehicle’s warning and indicator lights, a Vehicle Health Report provides customers easy access to diagnostic information. When it’s time for scheduled service, Car-Net Security & Service not only notifies the customer, but provides a simple way to schedule a dealer visit.
The available VW Car-Net app for smartwatch (supports select Apple Watch® and Android WearTM operating systems) allows VW customers to control a host of Security & Service features and functions available through the iPhone® and AndroidTM apps and Customer Web Portal, directly from their wrist. Smartwatch wearers can keep tabs on their vehicle from afar, remotely locking and unlocking doors and viewing the status of doors, windows and sunroof (open or closed). These consumers can also find a parked vehicle more quickly, with a map of the current vehicle location, and get walking or driving directions to the vehicle. Drivers can check their fuel level and receive alerts with a compatible smartwatch.
Equipped on Final Edition SEL models and SE models equipped with the optional Premium Package, Car-Net Guide & Inform offers an enhanced navigation and infotainment experience for VW consumers. Volkswagen has incorporated technologies that enhance existing navigation offerings while adding an additional level of information that empowers consumers. The in-vehicle navigation system features fuel prices, sports scores, movie information and weather data as part of the three-month SiriusXM Travel Link trial. VW customers will also enjoy real-time traffic information and a complimentary three-month SiriusXM Traffic trial.
All 2019 Beetle models, both convertible and coupe, are powered by Volkswagen’s most advanced EA888 engine ever. For the 2018 model year, the engine capacity was increased from 1.8 to 2.0 liters and incorporated the so-called Budack cycle for improved combustion efficiency. The upshot is 174 horsepower that kicks in at 4,400 rpm, and is maintained until 6,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 184 lb-ft is achieved at 1,600 to 3,940 rpm.
All models are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and the EPA-estimated fuel economy rating is 26 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
All Beetle models are fitted with a strut-type front suspension with a lower control arm and an anti-roll bar: on the Beetle, this is 22 mm in diameter. All Beetle models feature a multi-link independent rear suspension, with coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an 18-mm-diameter anti-roll bar.
Beetle models have standard anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake pressure distribution (EBD). The Beetle has 11.3-inch-diameter vented front discs and 10.-inch-diameter rear disc brakes.
To help protect occupants, the Beetle provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It features four airbags (front airbags and head-thorax side airbags for front seat passengers), along with a number of electronic safety systems, such as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
A standard feature on the 2019 Beetle is Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System helps address this, in certain crash scenarios, by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus potentially reducing residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
The Beetle also includes Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions.
All Beetle models feature a standard rearview camera.
To meet the demands of American drivers, the 2019 Beetle offers a comprehensive suite of driver-assistance technology. Available features include: Blind Spot Monitor Rear Traffic Alert; and Park Distance Control.
Blind Spot Monitor is standard on all Beetles, and uses two radar sensors at the rear of the vehicle to scan the approaching traffic and is intended to warn drivers of potential danger in adjacent lanes. If the driver uses the turn signal to indicate a lane change while a vehicle is detected in a blind spot, the system utilizes a flashing LED symbol in the outer area of the side mirrors. Even if the driver does not use a turn signal, the LED symbol in the mirror will illuminate if a vehicle is detected in the blind spot. The system is designed to help alert drivers in specific situations; stationary objects or oncoming vehicles do not trigger warnings, nor do vehicles more than one lane across away from the vehicle.
The Rear Traffic Alert system, also standard across the lineup, is intended to detect vehicles approaching from the side that may be difficult for the driver to see while reversing. It offers a sizable range of about 65 feet on either side of the vehicle, and will present a visual and an acoustic warning, if a potential collision with a crossing vehicle is detected. If the driver does not react, the system can apply the brakes to help mitigate and, in the best case, can prevent a collision. The system is activated by putting the car in reverse.
Park Distance Control, standard on Final Edition SEL models and available in the Premium Package on SE models, uses ultrasonic sensors located in the front and rear bumpers to monitor a range of up to approximately five feet in front or behind the vehicle. The system is activated when reverse gear is engaged or below a speed of 9 mph and helps provide guidance when parking or in tight spaces. The system has audible and visual warnings when the car starts to approach parked cars or static objects from the front or rear.
For the 2019 model year, Volkswagen Beetle models in the United States will come with the People First Warranty, a six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty, the remainder of which can be transferred to a subsequent vehicle owner throughout its duration.
The six-year/72,000-mile People First Warranty includes powertrain coverage for engines, transmissions and optional 4Motion® all-wheel-drive systems. Additionally, all the elements of the remaining warranty coverage can be transferred to a subsequent vehicle owner.
Most mainstream competitors to the Volkswagen brand in the United States such as Honda, Toyota and Ford offer only a three-year/36,000 mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty on their cars and SUVs. While Hyundai and Kia offer a five-year/60,000 mile basic warranty and a higher time and mileage limit on their powertrain limited warranties, if the vehicle is sold to a second owner, the powertrain limited warranty is not transferable beyond five years or 60,000 miles from the date it was first sold new.