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DUNE BUGGY (some text hidden)
By Jonathan Crouch
Volkswagen's Beetle Dune model should raise a smile amongst potential buyers, thinks Jonathan Crouch.
Ten Second Reviewword count: 46
Volkswagen hopes to reinvigorate the lifestyle appeal of its Beetle with this trendy Dune version. It gets a higher ride height and more eye-catching looks and comes in fixed-top 'Coupe' and Cabriolet guises. It's a bit of fun - with a little practicality still thrown in.
Backgroundword count: 113
The Volkswagen Beetle is renowned as an automotive style icon with, perhaps, the most well-known silhouette of any modern car. Original Beetles have been modified in small numbers over the years to suit specialist drivers' requirements and among the most famous of these are the 'Baja Bugs' vividly associated with west coast America. Now the spirit of those original conversions has been rekindled in the modern Beetle range with this model, the Beetle Dune. Engineered and styled to pay tribute to those off-road heroes, and with a ride height raised by 10mm compared with the standard car, the Beetle Dune is designed to offer a more vibrant dimension to the existing Beetle line-up.
Driving Experienceword count: 137
Let's cut to the chase. No, this car doesn't offer quite as good an overall ride and handling package as you'll find in the Golf, but to compare these two cars is an irrelevance. You'll buy a Beetle Dune because it's a bit of fun and because there aren't too many compromises required in doing so. And that's all a million miles from the dull, sensible practicality of Golf motoring. Fixed-top 'Coupe' and Cabriolet Dune buyers get a choice of two engines, a 105PS 1.2-litre TSI petrol unit and a 150PS 2.0 TDI diesel. In both cases, there's the choice of either manual or automatic transmission. The 1.2-litre petrol variant makes 62mph in 10.9s en route to 112mph,while the 2.0 TDI improves that showing to 8.9s and 126mph, courtesy of lustier pulling power, there's 340Nm of torque.
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