Volkswagen Beetle Dune: More Fun Than It Should Be

May 23rd, 2016 by

Volkswagen has introduced a new trim level to the Beetle lineup. The Dune is a throwback to the Baja Bug of the 1960s and ’70s, making it a fun drive for adventurous drivers. Let’s look at what’s included in the new Dune.

Outward Styling

From the get-go, you’ll notice the Dune’s good looks. As the VW Beetle’s evil twin, the Dune is a rugged and masculine take on the modern Beetle. Start with the front grille that has a honeycomb-esque look, perfectly suited for the Sandstorm Yellow color option. New fasciae in the front and back along with fender flares add to the Baja-Bug look while updating it to look modern. A wider wheelset and aluminum skid plates along with the 18-inch wheels complete the off-road feel of the vehicle. Choose either a hardtop or a convertible depending on your needs and preference. Add on the Lighting Package for even more flair and get LED rear license plate lighting, HID headlights, and LED running lights.

Vehicle Performance

Though the Dune’s look and feel are inspired by the Baja Bug, don’t let it fool you into believing this is an off-road vehicle that will take you through the desert. The only option is front-wheel drive and automatic transmission, which disappoints those hoping for an all-wheel drive experience. Definitely made for paved roads, the Volkswagen Beetle Dune is a speedy bug with the 1.8L-turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has a 0-to-60 time of 7.4 seconds. Commuters will love the gas economy, with the engine getting 25/34 city/highway mpg.

Dune’s Interior

The interior of the Dune is where the car really shines. The yellow model includes two-tone leatherette and cloth seats with yellow accents along with matching yellow highlights on the inside doors and dash completing the styling from exterior to interior, while the white and black models feature a black interior. The front seats are very roomy and comfortable, though note that the back seats are a little tight for the typical adult passenger. The hatchback provides 15.4 cubic feet of storage with 29.9 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded, comparing well with other cars in its class.

In the dash, drivers will enjoy the 6.3-inch touch display infotainment system with the Car-Net App-Connect standard, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There is a technology package you can add on as well that will give you push-button start and dual climate control, among other additions.

What’s Fun About Driving the Beetle Dune?

Climbing into the cockpit, you’re reminded that this isn’t the typical run-of-the-mill car but a stylish retreat. Start that turbocharged engine and pull out onto the highway where you quickly speed up. As you drive, the suspension and responsiveness make for a comfortable ride that turns corners like a dream. Driving the yellow Dune down the street, you’ll definitely turn heads.

If you’re looking for something different, something that stands out from the crowd of coupes available on the market but at an affordable price, consider the Volkswagen Beetle Dune.
Source: Hiley VW Blog

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