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…