The automotive apple has a abundant accord to do with assuming and posing; assuming to be and attending like article it’s not. From affected awning scoops to rear spoilers that aren’t at all for downforce but are alone there for show, the vehicular apple is abounding with “fake it till you accomplish it” models. And that’s OK.
You see, as consumers, we do the above every day. We absorb best of our lives assuming and attractive the allotment we apparently can’t comedy at all. However, we appetite the apple to anticipate we do and are with ease.
So, aback I was handed the keys to the all-new 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune, I was afraid to be afflicted by this accurate archetypal because, to me, it was artlessly dressed to affect with actual little below the apparent to abutment its claims.
Lofty dreams of Beetle Baja’s past In all fairness, Volkswagen is aggravating its actual best actuality to get us to bethink a bigger time ― a time afore Dieselgate, a simpler and happier time in the automotive world, and a time aback Type 1 Beetles were adapted to hit bank dunes, beaches, and accessible deserts. These accurate Beetles were generally bare bottomward to bald anatomy anatomy cages, featured abundant beyond advance and wheels/tires to match, and had the ride acme to accouterment some appealing adequate surfaces.
Well, that’s not the case with the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune. Sure, this new appropriate copy is 0.2” added than the accepted Beetle, and it additionally sits 0.4” college off the arena acknowledgment to a adapted suspension, but that’s about it.
Like I said, it’s annihilation added than a appropriate copy alongside the Beetle Denim, Fender, and Classic models ― oh, and the accessible #PinkBeetle, of course.
While I acclaim Volkswagen’s admiration to accompany aback those added airy canicule of years gone by, I anticipate they could accept fabricated a abundant added solid accomplishment at the accomplished ordeal. For example, the Beetle Dune is not able with 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Despite afterward in the footsteps of its Dune Buggy parent, this accurate Bug wouldn’t do able-bodied at all off the road. Armed with front-wheel drive alone and “skid plates” I wouldn’t appetite to put to the test, it is actually added appearance than go.
The engine’s all absolute and all rightBeyond all of the aloft affected off-road posturing, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune is actually a acceptable car, and a lot of fun to drive.
Blessed with Volkswagen’s turbocharged 1.8L mill, the Dune pushes out 170 application and 184 lb-ft of torque, so it has affluence of get-up-and-go. Alone one manual is available, namely a 6-speed automated (no DSG can be had, sadly). Left in “Sport” mode, the car’s got a fair bulk of appearance on the road, and does what’s asked aback amalgamation into faster cartage or demography a bend in a added active fashion.
In accustomed drive mode, however, aback you hit the burke adamantine to accomplish a canyon or advance quickly, the VW Beetle Dune has a adamantine time allotment gears. This additionally happens if you affluence off the burke again reapply burden anon after; the autobox is never actually abiding what to do. As for the anchor pedal, it takes a fair bulk of burden to appoint and bite. It’s not off-putting, but instantly apparent aback switching from a altered Beetle archetypal to the Dune (which I did).
Spreading animosity of nostalgia One thing’s for sure: The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune induces smiles, thumbs up, and adulation wherever it goes. Perhaps it was the Sandstorm chicken acrylic or the abstract rear spoiler, beyond advanced bumper, and “DUNE” decals on the side, but this affair gets a lot of attention. On gloomy, backing days, the Dune somewhat became my ablaze spot.
That above ablaze colour is mimicked central on the dashboard and aperture inserts, as able-bodied as in the adverse bond on the council wheel, handbrake (hallelujah, it has a absolute handbrake!), and about-face knob. Piping on the seats is additionally in Sandstorm yellow. At first, I begin the autogenous architecture to be a bit much, but it grew on me afterwards a few days.
My adolescent son actually admired the car, by the way, from the colour of the ample rear addle-brain to the kickass Fender complete arrangement arena all his favourite tunes. The Beetle Dune was actually a champ in his 4-year-old mind.
Given its special-edition status, it has its limitations aback architecture to own. It can alone be ordered in three colours: Pure White, Deep Black Pearl or Sandstorm yellow. Also, alone 18” admixture auto are available. And if you anticipate that the Beetle Dune comes with all the accretion and whistles, you’re wrong. One technology amalgamation is offered for $1,570 that will accord you the above Fender audio system, additional blind-spot monitoring, navigation, and a beyond 8.3” colour touchscreen. This distinct amalgamation pushes the amount up to aloof over $28,000.
In comparison, a accustomed Beetle Comfortline with the above powertrain and technology amalgamation costs about $1,000 less.
Worth it?When you attending at it that way, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune is account the little bit of added for that posturing. Aren’t we consistently told to dress for the job we want, not the job we have? So, who are we to drove the Dune’s dreams of bank drives and arid racing?
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2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune