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2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition, Stonewashed Blue Metallic

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2020 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Elaine JoyceThe most recent Volkswagen Beetle went on sale in September 2011 as a 2012 model. It replaced the 1998-vintage New Beetle in VW’s lineup, and became the third iteration of the car that made VW famous. As this latest Beetle ended production—for the foreseeable future at least—Volkswagen sent it off with specially trimmed 2019 Final Edition cars. 

Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL in Platinum Gray Metallic

2015 Audi Q52019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 291

Fuel Used: 10.6

2016-2018 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Since news of “dieselgate” broke in September 2015, Volkswagen’s TDI diesel engines and the software that enabled emissions-test cheats have received tremendous attention. It’s probably an understatement that the resulting avalanche of bad press has overshadowed the company’s new-product news.

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T S in Bottle Green Metallic


2015 Audi Q52018 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 2.0T S

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 324

Fuel used: 12.1 gallons

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

2018 Volkswagen Beetle Dune in Sandstorm Yellow Metallic (a $250 option)

2015 Audi Q52018 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 230

Fuel used: 8.1 gallons

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune in Sandstone Yellow Metallic, a $250 option

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune   Consumer Guide Automotive

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 182

Fuel Used: 8.2 gallons

Kevin Bacon, Footloose, Beetles in Movies

What, exactly, does Kevin Bacon have in common with Clint Eastwood? Read on…

Few film genres employ characters more cookie-cutter and two-dimensional than do Westerns. Generally speaking, the whole good guy/bad guy, cowboys/Indians thing is the stuff of mediocre legend. Anyone who’s watched any Roy Rogers movie knows exactly what I’m talking about.

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

Test Drive

2016 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8T Dune

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 299

Fuel Used: 10.9 gallons


Our test Beetle is one of the only diesel convertibles Consumer Guide has ever tested.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI Convertible with Sound & Navigation Package

Dates tested: 8/15/2013-8/29/2013

Miles driven: 312

Base price: $30,295 (not including $795 destination fee)

Real-world fuel economy: 33.2 mpg

Driving mix: 60 percent city, 40 percent highway

Quick Hits

The great: Super-fast power-top operation, fantastic fuel economy

The good: Impressive ride and handling

The not so good: Limited trunk space, limited rear-seat space

Wilt Chamberlain Volkswagen

1966 Volkswagen Ad

In a previous blog, I questioned whether Shaquille O’Neal truly had enough legroom to fit in that Buick LaCrosse—you know, the one in the commercial that has aired incessantly for more than a year. Today, I stumbled upon this ad, which shows the late basketball legend Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain (who, like Shaq, was 7-foot-1) trying to get into a Volkswagen Beetle back in the late 1960s.