► VW Beetle Dune goes on sale
► Starts from £21,300 in the UK
► Petrols, diesels, coupes, convertibles
Volkswagen has announced pricing for its genre-confused Beetle Dune, which becomes available to order in the UK from 5 April 2016. The higher-riding, spoiler clad Bug will start from £21,300 for a manual petrol coupe, ranging to £28,235 for a convertible diesel automatic.
Remind me what the VW Beetle Dune is all about?
Your guess is as good as ours quite frankly, but the salient points are these:
- A 10mm higher ride height and 18in wheels for an off-roader-ish look
- Ditto chunkier wheelarches and bumpers
- A choice between Coupe and Cabriolet bodies
- Tea tray rear spoiler and a range of extra-loud paint choices
Equipment-wise, the Dune’s based on the regular Beetle Design trim level, which includes a 6.5in touchscreen with DAB radio, automatic headlights and wipers, and front and rear parking sensors.
There’s a choice of two engines: a 1.2 TSI petrol (with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox) or a 2.0 TDI diesel (with a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG ’box).
VW claims a 0-62mph time of 11.3sec for the petrol (regardless of gearbox option) and 51.4mpg, and 9.2sec and 62.8mpg for the diesel.
Where do those prices place the VW Beetle Dune in the market?
Quite what you’d classify as a rival for the Beetle Dune is up for debate; but for a little crossover context, the Nissan Juke starts from £13,930, the Mini Countryman from £17,125 and the Fiat 500X from £13,995.
Here’s the full price list:
VW Beetle Dune Coupe
1.2 TSI manual: £21,300
1.2 TSI auto: £22,760
2.0 TDI manual: £23,805
2.0 TDI auto: £25,410
VW Beetle Dune Cabriolet
1.2 TSI manual: £24,255
1.2 TSI auto: £25,700
2.0 TDI manual: £26,875
2.0 TDI auto: £28,235
Deliveries for the new VW Beetle Dune will start in June 2016. You can read more about the car in our original news story here.