Volkswagen has opened its order books for its new Beetle variant – the Dune.

Designed to evoke the image of the original ‘Baja Bug’ which was popular in the west coast of America, the Dune features a ride height that is raised 10mm over the standard car, as well as 18-inch alloys and front and rear wheelarch extensions.

Available in both coupe and cabriolet layouts, the Dune can be specified in one of five unique colours. Part of the car’s dash, as well as the door panels are painted in the same colour as the car’s exterior.

A leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob help give the Dune a more premium edge, while a 6.5-inch touchscreen provides access to the car’s major infotainment functions. Featuring Bluetooth connectivity and eight speakers, the system provides the very best in audio entertainment.

The Dune is available in two engine choices. Firstly, there’s a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol which can be specified with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox. As well as the petrol, there’s a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine which can power the Dune to 62mph in 9.2 seconds.

Air conditioning is also included as standard, as well as contrast stitching on all of the interior’s seats. Automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers add to an already impressive list of standard equipment. 

Fuel economy for the petrol is respectable at 51.4mpg combined, while the diesel returns even more impressive figures, at a 62.8mpg combined. 

The petrol version retails for £21,300, while the diesel variant comes in at £23,805. 

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

March 31, 2016

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