Volkswagen Beetle Dune offers a slight taste of the past
The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune offers a pleasant modern driving experience and lots of character. COURTESY PHOTO
Back when Volkswagens were ubiquitous as cheap but cheerful transportation, the original Beetle served as a blank canvas for many owners. One popular customization was the creation of dune buggies – with a raised suspension, big wheels, a bigger engine and other modifications, the “Baja Bug” and similar creations demonstrated surprising abilities in the sand.
These days, Volkswagens are generally priced on the high end of the markets where they compete. Today's Beetle is priced from $20,615, a retro-styled version of the Golf that reflects old appearances but not old character.
So, too, is the Beetle Dune version, which went on sale for 2016 on hatchback models and hits dealers this fall in the tested convertible form. Dune-exclusive golden paint (and matching plastic interior trim) reflect the hues of a sandy desert, and this model does sit a fraction of an inch higher off the ground than a standard Beetle.