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Fresh looks for Volkswagen Beetle. Image by Volkswagen.

Fresh looks for Volkswagen Beetle
Sharper styling, updated interior and new R-Line trim level for the facelifted Volkswagen Beetle.
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What's all this about?

Volkswagen has given the Beetle range a makeover; the styling is updated and R-Line replaces 'Sport' in the model line-up. The changes apply to the whole line-up comprising the Coupé, Cabriolet and Dune crossover. Prices for the range start at £16,820 with the R-Line available from £23,540.

What's new?

Look out for the new bumpers, designed to sharpen the Beetle's appearance and include larger openings around the indicators and fog lamps. An entirely new bumper is fitted to R-Line models, which features extra air intakes on the upper edge.

Inside, there is new upholstery plus brighter instrument lighting. Design and R-Line versions get new dials and dashboard styling, too.

Tell me more about the R-Line.

As well as the new front bumper the Beetle R-Line comes with a body-colour rear diffuser, tailgate spoiler and chromed twin exhausts. The external mirrors and door protectors are finished in gloss black. Sports suspension is standard and there is a choice of two 18-inch alloy wheel designs at no extra cost.

'R-Line' logos feature throughout the interior, which is trimmed in 'Kyalami' cloth. Equipment levels include dual-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting and cruise control.

Power comes from the 2.0-litre, TDI 150hp engine with a choice of manual or DSG automatic transmissions.

Are there any interesting options?

The Beetle Design can be ordered with the Black Style Pack that includes 17-inch 'Rotor' alloy wheels, black painted roof and matching side mouldings; the price is £625.

Eight speakers and a subwoofer come as part of the 'Fender' premium sound pack for £545. This also includes a feature to change the interior lighting colour.

Bottle Green and White Silver are two new pearlescent paint colours for the Beetle. A touch of colour can be added to the interior for £125 with the dash centre console and steering wheel inserts of the Design trim available in a choice of Sandstorm Yellow, Tornado Red, Habanero Orange or Pure White.

John Lambert - 29 Jul 2016

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