Ah, the Volkswagen Beetle. Has there ever been a more iconic vehicle? Affectionately called the Bug, the VW Beetle has had a place in American culture for decades, from inspiring its own game to capturing American attitudes about freedom and individuality. But alas, all good things come to an end. The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle will be the last of its kind, with production halting after this production year. To celebrate this iconic vehicle's legacy, Volkswagen has created a couple special trims for this year, making it not only a collector's item, but the most well-equipped Beetle ever.

Let's take a look at the 2019 Beetle, a car that needs no introduction.

The 2019 Beetle - VW's Final Edition

The 2019 VW Beetle steps onto the stage for the last time with all-new options, including two Final Edition trim levels that pay homage to the Beetle's history. With four trims to choose from this year, the Beetle has something for everyone, at least as long as they're looking for a sporty, fun coupe.

First up is the base S trim, which comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, cloth upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a 5-inch touchscreen interface paired to an eight-speaker sound system. This is a nice collection of features for a base model, and helps keep the cost low.

However, most buyers of the 2019 VW Beetle will want to go with the mid-range SE. Choosing the Beetle SE will net buyers 17-inch wheels, sunroof, automatic headlights & automatic wipers, keyless ignition & entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, 6.3-inch touchscreen, HD and satellite radio, and VW Car-Net App-Connect, Security & Service. This brings the desirable Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, as well as other smartphone integration and security telemetry.

As you can see, the SE really piles on the features compared to the base trim. Unique for 2019, there's also the Beetle SE Final Edition, which gets unique wheels, upgraded upholstery, stainless steel pedals, and specialty badging that pays tribute to the Beetle's storied history.

But for Ohio buyers that want the absolute best for their 2019 Beetle, there's the SEL Final Edition trim  rounding out the lineup. Features of this special trim include 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights & LED taillights, front & rear parking sensors, Fender audio system, navigation, heated front sport seats, and leather upholstery. If you want to celebrate the Volkswagen Beetle in style, the 2019 Beetle SEL Final Edition is your ticket.

Driving the 2019 VW Beetle

The Beetle has always had an identity as a fun car. That's no different for the 2019 model, which comes with a sporty turbocharged engine and engaged handling. The Beetle's 2.0l turbo puts out 174 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, making for spirited acceleration, and a fun driving experience to go with the 2019 Beetle's unique style. Folks who come in for a test drive have been impressed with its acceleration from a stop, and when on the highway.

The 2019 VW Beetle also offers a lot of comfort from its suspension, and the seats will remain comfortable even on long drives. This combination of comfort, precise handling, and great acceleration gives the Beetle a truly sporty feel, while still retaining its comfort around town.

Try One Before its Too Late

It may be the case that people have taken the Volkswagen Beetle's existence for granted, but it looks like this generation is truly the end. If you've thought about test driving a Beetle in the past, but haven't gone through with it, the 2019 VW Beetle is your last chance. If you've been looking for a compact car, the VW Beetle offers a sporty feel and great features. And in the future, the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle will come with a healthy dose of nostalgia. Try one for yourself today, and experience why the Beetle has been such a perennial vehicle on the American roadway.