Although this Volkswagen
Beetle is named the Remaining Version, it is not the primary time the mannequin has disappeared. The unique, air-cooled model stopped manufacturing in different markets in 2003, commemorated with the Última Edición. However this marks the tip of the brand new Beetle, and if I am sincere, I will miss it.
Turbocharged and topless
You should buy the Remaining Version Beetle as a coupe or convertible, powered by a 2.Zero-liter, turbocharged I4 engine, mated to a six-speed computerized transmission. Remaining Version fashions get their very own particular colours paying homage to hues supplied on the aforementioned Última Edición, referred to as Safari Uni and Stonewashed Blue. Different Remaining Version touches embody diamond-stitched leather-based seats, steel scuff plates, stainless-steel pedals, distinctive wheels and a Safari Uni-colored sprint panel.
If the Remaining Version is not your jam, the Beetle remains to be supplied in S and SE guises for 2019, once more powered by the two.0T/6-speed auto combo.
The Remaining Version may be had with some fairly candy 18-inch wheels.
Behind the wheel, the Beetle is pleasant to drive. The turbo engine pushes out 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, which are not whack-a-doo numbers, however present satisfactory motivation for zipping by means of site visitors. The suspension is just too softly sprung to make the Beetle an attractive canyon-carver, and the transmission is tuned for effectivity first and sportiness second. However after I drop the highest and put my foot down, the Beetle rewards with an easygoing, nice driving expertise.
Blind-spot monitoring is commonplace, and is useful when the canvas prime is up, closing off a very good chunk of your rear-side view. Should you’re in search of different driving aids, nevertheless, you are out of luck. Given the automobile’s age, it does not get any trendy tech like adaptive cruise management, lane-keeping help or the rest.
So-so tech and luxury
Cabin tech is surprisingly strong, with my Remaining Version SEL mannequin packing a 6.Three-inch infotainment display screen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. (The bottom Beetle, in the meantime, has a 5-inch display screen that lacks these facilities.) VW’s Uncover Media interface is uncomplicated, with giant tiles on the show and loads of redundant buttons across the outdoors of the display screen. Just one USB port is obtainable, nevertheless, so passengers must preserve their smartphones charged through the 12-volt retailers out there up entrance and in again.
With the highest up, the Beetle’s cabin is fairly quiet — higher than what I initially anticipated. The highest folds again in lower than 10 seconds, and may be operated at speeds as much as 31 miles per hour. Even with the highest again, wind buffeting is saved to a minimal, and I can simply have a cellphone dialog over Bluetooth with the highest down.
I just like the cozy, leather-based seats, and usually discover the Beetle’s inside a pleasant place to spend time. There’s a variety of exhausting plastic all through, however the principle contact factors really feel completely positive. The Safari Uni-colored sprint panel harkens again to the steel sprint of the outdated VW Bug, full with the secondary “käeferfach” glovebox.
The place the Beetle Convertible suffers is in cargo room. The Beetle Coupe affords 15.four cubic toes of house in its trunk, which drops to a measly 7.1 within the Convertible. However hey, a minimum of the again seats fold flat so you will get just a little extra utility for longer gadgets.
Time to say goodbye
Whereas 2019 VW Beetle pricing begins at $20,895 for the coupe, the Remaining Version is a little more costly. The Remaining Version SE Coupe begins at $23,045, and stepping as much as the SEL Coupe will set you again $25,995. If it is top-down time you are after, the Remaining Version SE Convertible is available in at $27,295, whereas the SEL you see right here begins at $29,995, not together with $895 for vacation spot. No less than the SEL will get you issues like LED lighting and an upgraded Fender audio system.
The Beetle’s sprint is paying homage to the steel dashboard of the outdated air-cooled bugs.
The difficulty with the Beetle is that there are many different small runabouts that provide a greater driving expertise. It is exhausting to argue in opposition to the greatness of the Mazda MX-5 Miata or its Fiat 124 Spider counterpart. On the hardtop entrance, there’s at all times the Fiat 500 Abarth, or the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 twins. In all of those circumstances, I can not actually think about choosing the Beetle.
Nonetheless, there’s one thing concerning the Beetle that tugs at my heartstrings. This little man has been a close to fixed all through my life — I even raced the Baja 1000 in a inventory 1969 Beetle. It has been rumored the Beetle may return once more sometime, presumably with electrical energy. Contemplate my fingers crossed.