2019 Volkswagen Beetle
Ratings & Reliability
The Beetle coupe and convertible have a roomy-enough interior and decent driving experience. Though the ride is compliant, it's a bit unsettled, moving around frequently. Handling is responsive but not sporty and gets sloppy when pushed to its limits, despite the electronic stability control. The 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that we tested provided strong, effortless acceleration. It has been replaced by a 2.0-liter turbo engine. Wind noise is excessive, however, and rear visibility is severely hampered. Versions with the manual transmission have an awkward driving position because of the long clutch-pedal travel and wide center console. Blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning are standard for 2019, which is also the Beetle's final year.