What the critics say
The VW Beetle Final Edition
Car and Driver
Tell us if you’ve heard this before, but the last Volkswagen Beetle is about to roll off the assembly line. Yes, “the Beetle never stays dead for long”: The original Beetle was given celebratory send-offs in 1980 and 2003, even as the name lived on. But VW is now closing the book on the current Beetle by dressing it up for the next several months with special wheels, two farewell colors, and a premium-look interior. The good news? All the “funereal finery” costs buyers little or nothing.
New York Daily News
Introduced in 2011, the current Beetle “has grown a bit long in the tooth in terms of features.” Even with the new engine added last year, it’s not particularly quick. But for a compact, it offers “exceptional calm,” even on ragged roads, and it’s “still unmatched in terms of retro style,” whether you choose the hardtop or convertible.
The special interiors are “quite nice.” The top trim gets leather, but the diamond-stitched two-tone cloth seats “look the best, really”—and looks alone have always been reason enough to buy the current Bug. Given that VW has already discussed a possible future plug-in model, it might not even be the last. We just hope the next edition is super affordable, “a true People’s Car” like the original. ■