Volkswagen Beetle Dune: prices and specs

Retro VW Beetle gets rugged new look; starting from £21,300

This is the new Volkswagen Beetle Dune, a model that’s been conceived as the spiritual successor to the Volkswagen dune buggies of the sixties. Originally shown at the 2015 LA Motor Show, it's on sale from the 5th April starting from £21,300.

The Volkswagen Beetle Dune is available as both a three-door hatchback and a convertible. In either bodystyle, the Dune is set apart from other Beetles by its increased ride height, new front and rear bumpers and LED rear lights.

The front bumper features a black honeycomb insert, which is usually reserved for VW’s crossovers and GTI performance models. The Dune also features rugged black wheelarches and 18-inch alloy wheels.

There’s a choice of five colours for the exterior, with Dark Bronze and Sandstorm Yellow exclusive to this model. There’s also unique ‘Dune’ badging around the car that helps make the car stand our against the rest of the range.

Inside, the Beetle Dune is based on mid-spec Design trim, so there’s the usual touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth phone connectivity and DAB radio, as well as automatic lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

The main differences inside are the unique Dune touches. There’s contrast stitching on the sports seats and leather steering wheel, while the Beetle’s body-coloured dashboard still features.

There are two engines to choose from - one petrol and one diesel. The petrol is a 1.2-litre TSI with 103bhp, which is good for 51.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 122-126g/km depending on the gearbox, while the diesel is capable of 62.8mpg and has CO2 emissions of 118-125g/km. Both engines come with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic gearboxes.

Safety should still be impressive, too. The Dune features ABS, electronic stability control and rollover protection for the Beetle Dune Cabriolet. There are two ISOFIX points for child seats and tyre pressure sensors, also.

The new VW Beetle Dune goes on sale on April 5th, starting from £21,300 for the 1.2 TSI Beetle Dune hatchback. The Beetle Dune 2.0 TDI cost £23,805, while adding a DSG gearbox to all models costs around £1,500 more. The Beetle Dune Cabriolet starts from £24,255 for the 1.2 TSI and increases to £28,235 for the 2.0 TDI with a DSG gearbox.

The Volkswagen Beetle Dune isn't the first 'Dune'-badged model to be sold in the UK. In 2004, the Volkwagen Polo Dune was offered, with a similar rugged look as this new Beetle.

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