Review and Test Drive: Auf Wiedersehen to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition SE

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While the Beetle was succeeded in 1974 by the Volkswagen Golf, known as the Rabbit in some markets including the United States, Volkswagen continued to manufacture the original Beetle for some time given its popularity. In the 1970s, the Beetle captured 5% of the U.S. auto market repeatedly.

In 1997, the Wolfsburg-based automaker launched a second successor, the New Beetle, to carry on the original’s retro design and friendly face.

In 2011, Volkswagen, recognizing that the New Beetle had never achieved the success or cult status of the original, introduced a completely new Beetle, marketed in some countries as the Coccinelle, Maggiolino, and Fusca, for the 2012 model year.


Open the driver’s door and you’ll see why we think the Final Edition Beetle makes a striking first impression. Start with the panoramic sunroof that bathes the interior in natural light, the comfortable black and beige cloth seats with rhombus-patterned stitching that befit a vehicle ten times the price, the Final Edition off-white metal dashboard, stainless steel pedals, a special gloss-black finish on the center console and upper door panels, and switches that look good and feel precise, and you are left with an extremely premium feel.

Unlike the original Beetle, the interior is quite roomy, and the design of the greenhouse gives the driver excellent outward visibility, almost rendering the standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert unnecessary.

If you really want to splurge, you can get the Final Edition in SEL guise, which raises the price by $2,950 but adds LED daytime running lights, taillights, and license-plate lights; fog lights; navigation; front and rear parking aids; a Fender premium audio system; and leather seats.

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