2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune

VW Gives the Buggy a lift with this re-tuned version of the VW Beetle.

  • Likes
  • Retro-cool styling
  • User-friendly interior
  • Dislikes
  • Handling is somewhat predictable

The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune is one of GAYOT's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Cars

With its new trim level, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune pays homage to the classic “Dune Buggies” of the 60s and 70s. It sports new front and rear fascias, a slight rise in ground clearance and new, larger wheels and tires that recall those on the famous “Baja Bugs,” which were versions of the original VW Beetle modified to race in the off-road Baja 500 and Baja 1000 races. While those originals had a host of changes including removed interior bits, roll cages and giant, off-road only tires, the Volkswagen Beetle Dune is a more subtle change in trim for Volkswagen’s stylish, retro-themed compact. What is unique to the Dune model is the color scheme, including matching interior trim, a new spoiler, skid plates and unique 18” wheels that set it apart from more everyday Beetles.

The Dune is still powered by Volkswagen’s trusty 1.8-liter turbo inline-4, and it provides responsive if not earth-shaking performance. The handling, as in most new Beetles, is composed and predictable, although there is a little more body roll in this model compared to the Volkswagen Beetle Turbo we drove. Gas mileage for the Volkswagen Beetle Dune will come in around the same as the standard Beetle 1.8T, at 25 mpg city/ 34 mpg highway. As with other recent Volkswagen products, the interior is thoughtfully designed, with clear, easy-to-read gauges and a versatile info screen.

A vast difference compared to classic Baja Bugs, the new version comes with such incredible features as a working heater and air conditioner, a tachometer and the ability to safely merge into freeway traffic.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000 mile new vehicle and roadside assistance warranty, 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty and 12-year/120,000 mile limited warranty against corrosion perforation

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Specs

Base Price: $24,815

As Tested: $24,815

  • 25 / 34 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.4 sec
  • 0-60
  • 170 hp @ 4800
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve, turbcharged/intercooled FSI
  • Horsepower: 170 hp @ 4800
  • Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 1500
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Curb Weight: 3,093 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 100 in
  • Length: 168.7 in
  • Width: 71.7 in
  • Height: 59.1 in
  • Brakes: power assisted, dual circuit vented front discs and solid rear discs
  • Suspension: strt-type with lower control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, rear is multilink with coil springs and anti-roll bar
  • Traction: Standard Electronic Stability Control
  • 0-60 mph: 7.4 sec
  • EPA City: 25 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 34 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 28 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Safety: Driver & front passenger front & side airbag supplemental restraint systems, Anti-lock braking system, Stability control

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