|The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T Dune.|
|1960s-era Baja Bug.|
|1960s-era Dune Buggy.|
|2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T Dune.|
Beyond that, though, any comparison to Baja Bugs and Dune Buggies is pure marketing-speak. You certainly wouldn't want to risk this car's paintjob or undercarriage by off-roading. The changes in ground clearance and wheel choice aren't severe enough to impact what is typical contemporary VW Beetle/Golf/Jetta ride and handling.
What we have here is a nicely-equipped, fairly loaded special edition Beetle Convertible that slots in just about $7,500 below the top-of-the-line, more powerful R-Line SEL convertible the Phoenix Bureau reviewed this summer. , and has a spiffier-looking interior thanks to the body-color dash and door panels.
|2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 1.8T Dune interior.|
There's a long list of standard equipment, so your choices beyond the car itself are few. You can get it in white, black or (like our tester) Sandstorm Yellow (a color that got us a lot of compliments in our week with the car).
After that, there are just two option packages...the Technology Package (Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless access with pushbutton engine start and a Fender premium audio system with subwoofer) for $995, which our car had, and the Lighting Package (Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED license plate lighting) for $795, which our car didn't.
With the Technology Package and $820 destination charge, the bottom line came to $31,210, or still about five grand below the R-Line SEL convertible.
All in all, the Dune is another, but easily the most distinctive of the special editions of Beetle convertibles. And, as this generation of Beetle enters what are likely to be its final years, it might be the one to have.