2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible Review – All Bark and no Bite



Coming from Volkswagen’s latest line of limited edition Bugs is the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible that is supposed to capture the hearts of those who were enamored by the original Baja bug that eats sand for breakfast and flies over them like a low flying plane and lands with a confident jolt as the long travel suspension soaks up road undulations. While it’s very easy to picture it out and boy how good would that be, the Beetle dune is just a cosmetic upgrade to the regular Beetle convertible without the Sand-eating powertrain to make it fly like you envisioned it.

2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible Review - All Bark and no Bite

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible is One Heavy Bug

Some might find the cosmetic bits of the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible to be a bit too gimmicky or tacky as it delivers little benefits as something it’s supposed to resemble but it’s there. You do get a special vehicle as it’s part of a limited run of VW Beetles, and while it may not perform like the Baja Bug, it’s a collector’s item that’s hard to pass up especially with its sandstorm yellow paintjob and fairly affordable price.

On the inside of the 2017 Beetle Dune Convertible, the sandstorm yellow paint job pairs nicely with the black vinyl seats with gray fabric centers and orange stitching. A standard 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready, thanks to the inclusion of Volkswagen’s Car-Net system. Although the system is easy to use and quick to respond to inputs, glare from the sun during top-down driving can make it all but impossible to read the display. For practicality, the Dune’s 50/50 split-folding rear seats are cozy but capable of carrying only two passengers, while the trunk can hold 7.0 cubic feet of cargo regardless of the top’s position.

Thanks to a heavier convertible body and extra heft from the body kit and lifted suspension, it takes an extra 0.3 seconds to go from 0-60 and on that same note, the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible is thirstier than its regular Beetle counterpart. However, as funny as it may seem, the “lifted” ride height does benefit from better comfort and the additional ground clearance keeps the under chassis from damage when tackling pockmarked highways and gravel-covered roads but still it’s no off-roader. Overall, you can’t blame the it for being such a let-down, it doesn’t promise anything aside from being cosmetically-inspired by the Baja Bug; accepting the Beetle Dune for what it is, it’s a great city car that’s a standout among the crowd.


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