2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible

The Dune Buggie Drops its Top. A souped-up version of the VW Beetle Dune with a droptop.

  • Likes
  • a classic convertible
  • Dislikes
  • no room for the back seats; reduced back sides visibility when the roof is not open

There's nothing quite like the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible. Except of course, the regular coupe model of the same car. But If you haven't already read our review of the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune, here's a quick recap of what we thought:

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.

But how does it compare to this sleek drop-top? We're glad you asked. It holds up fairly well in comparison, however, we had much more fun driving this drop-top around. It's hard to beat the thrill of riding around in a classic VW convertible like this one. Plus, the souped-up rims and upgraded interior features were fun too! The only drawbacks were the lack of room in the rear seats of this compact Dune Buggie. We also found it hard to see what was going on behind the Buggie (and around the blind spots) when the top wasn't down. With any luck, you'll be driving this around in forgiving weather and won't need to keep the top up. Otherwise, consider the coupe.

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

  • 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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