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More style, new trim for Volkswagen Beetle

R-Line trim option and styling changes on latest Mk2 coupe and cabrio.

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Volkswagen is launching a mid-life refresh of its distinctive Beetle model, with the emphasis on styling changes and a new trim level.

The Mk2 version of the current Beetle, launched in 2011, debuted a lower, wider shape compared to the first ‘new Beetle’ of 1998. Now across both coupé and cabrio versions, that body gains changes to the front bumpers and enlarged openings around the indicators and fog lights to produce a more sculpted look.

R-Line trim is also available for the first time on the Beetle, replacing the previous Sport trim, and this includes bespoke bumper designs with extra air intake openings to create a more sporty look. R-Line models also include sports suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels with two choices, a body-coloured rear diffuser, chrome-plated twin exhausts, gloss black door mirrors and protectors and a tailgate spoiler.

Inside R-Line models include ‘Sports’ instrument dials, aluminium pedals, leather on the three-spoke steering wheel and R-Line badging. Climate control, ambient lighting, front and rear parking sensors and cruise control are all specified as standard.

Throughout the Beetle range brighter interior lighting, dash changes and new upholstery options are now offered.

Beetle prices start at £16,820 for the 1.2 TSI petrol coupe – R-Line versions are only offered with the 2.0 TDI diesel engine at prices from £23,540.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.