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The soft-top Beetle’s niche appeal is narrowed further

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Cabriolet (16-18) - rated 3 out of 5
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New price £25,425 - £29,655
Used price £12,055 - £21,765
Used monthly cost From £301 per month
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Road tax cost £135 - £165
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  • Distinctive
  • Comfortable
  • Roomy cabin
  • Well-built


  • Distinctive
  • Not fun to drive
  • Wind deflector optional

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Cabriolet rivals

Written by Keith WR Jones on

Filling a niche hitherto unapparent to most people is the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Cabriolet. Think of it as the familiar soft-top Beetle that’s been given the SUV treatment and you’re about there. If the notion appeals, but a hard-top’s more your thing, VW also offers a Beetle Dune Coupe.

Selling alongside the existing Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet, the Dune rivals the MINI Convertible and DS 3 Cabrio as well as the pricier Audi A3 Cabriolet and BMW 2 Series Convertible.

What makes the Beetle Dune Cabriolet different?

Paying homage to the ‘Baja Bugs’ – modified Beetles designed for use on California’s Golden Coast from the mid-1960s – VW previewed the idea of a modern take on the theme with the Beetle Dune concept car in 2014.

Two years later and the production version went on sale. This is essentially a superficial makeover, though: rugged, unpainted plastic body mouldings, silvered faux skid-plates and a 10mm ride height increase lend it an off-road air. Pity there’s no four-wheel drive availability for the Beetle.

Changes are fewer in number once you’ve climbed into the four-seater cabin, with dark ceramic-hued stitching on the seats and leather steering wheel, with a Dune logo at its base.

All it’s short of are some remixed Beach Boys hits being piped from the audio system and the transition is complete.

Limited engine range

Although other markets have a wide choice of petrol and diesel powerplants, the UK is offered just one of each.

Beetle Dune Cabriolet ownership starts off with the 1.2-litre TSI petrol producing just 105hp, while those looking for more urgency should pick the 2.0-litre TDI diesel serving up 150hp.

Both are available with a choice of manual and DSG automatic transmissions with CO2 emissions quoted at between 122g/km and 130g/km for the quartet of models available.

Volkswagen Beetle Dune Cabriolet rivals

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