Are there any major changes for the 2019 model year?

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Beetle, VW News on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 3:35 pm
2019 Golf GTI Rabbit Edition

2019 Volkswagen model lineup updates

We’re already halfway through the month of September, and yet the only 2019 model that has arrived so far is the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. If you’ve been holding out wondering if there will be any major model updates in the lineup for the upcoming year, details are finally out. Most are subtle, but there are a few shocking and sad bits of news.

One last year for the VW Beetle

Volkswagen announced this year that the Beetle will be discontinued after the 2019 model year. Standard S and SE trims will continue and the Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL are being introduced. Standard features are enhanced to include Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. The Final Edition SE includes heated washer nozzles, keyless access with push-button start, heated seats and more, plus unique badging to honor the special edition.

The 2019 VW Atlas, which was only just introduced for 2018, now has standard Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. Rumors were circling that the V6 engine could disappear, but this appears to not be the case.

The 2019 VW Golf is losing the 1.8-liter turbo 4-cylinder in favor of the 1.4-liter found in the 2019 VW Jetta, but this also means the transmission is updated to have a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

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Blue 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan parked at night


Driver assistance features increase across the lineup, but we’re pleased to see the rumors that the Alltrack and SportWagen might not continue are proven to be false. The SportWagen with FWD is also receiving the 1.4-liter engine.
Horsepower for the Golf GTI is increased slightly to 228 horsepower and the model has a limited Rabbit Edition trim.

Aside from the Spektrum program, not much is changing for the Golf R.

The rumors that the Passat would be losing the V6 have proven to be true, though as we stated this didn’t extend to the Atlas. The S trim is now discontinued and the lineup is reduced to Wolfsburg and SE R-Line trim levels.

Not many changes were made for the 2019 VW Tiguan, which was also redesigned for 2018. A standard alarm system and readjustment of features in other trims prove to be the only minor updates.

Which 2019 VW model are you most excited for? Share your thoughts with a comment here at the Karen Radley Volkswagen Blog.

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