Volkswagen updates the Beetle

New paint options include Bottle Green Metallic and White Silver Metallic for refreshed 2017 range
June 01, 2016

The Beetle hardtop and convertible have been freshened up for the 2017 model year. Volkswagen have given the model an exterior and interior tweak - but the changes are rather mild. The exterior of the Bug now gets revised bumpers for the Basic, Design Line and R-Line trims, and tinted LED taillights. Buyers can choose between 17in Philadelphia and 18in Ravenna Adamantium alloys along with two new paint options - Bottle Green Metallic and White Silver Metallic. 

The cabin of the refreshed car gets a new dash and instrument panel for the Design Line and R-Line versions while some of the options include tree new upholstery materials. The R-Line, (it was previously called the Beetle Sport) can be had with the optional R-Line interior package. This sees the addition of special logos on the sill panel and head restraints. It also boasts a sportier multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel.

However, if you wish to stand out a bit more then you could opt for the Denim special model. This one is based on the 1974 Jeans Beetle; it gets a Stonewashed Blue Metallic paint, jeans-coloured convertible roof and rides on a set of 17in Circle wheels finished in Dark Graphite. The interior gets sports seats, jeans style storage pockets and an aluminium-blue matte-coloured dash.

Looking for something a little more posh? Then the Beetle Exclusive is for you. It adds Twister style alloys finished in black with a bright machined surface and gets a black dash with an aluminium sill panel with “Volkswagen Exclusive” lettering. The seats are wrapped in Nappa leather and the Cool Leather which maintains a low temperature even in sunlight. Clever.

The drivetrain remains the same; the hardtop and cabrio can be had with three petrol engines and two diesels, which we don’t care about here…