Full Test: 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune Convertible

The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune convertible wears bold bodywork that writes a check that its run-of-the-mill powertrain can’t cash. While the Dune’s extra 0.4 inch of ground clearance, aggressive fascias, fender flares that widen the body by 0.6 inch, trim-specific 18-inch wheels, and rocker-panel-level “Dune” graphics present the posture of a Global Rallycross car, the front-wheel-drive convertible’s 170-hp 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission mean the Dune is little more than a Beetle 1.8T convertible on stilts. Really short stilts. READ MORE ››


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