Used Volkswagen Beetle Dune Cabriolet (2016 - 2018) Costs

Review by Keith Jones on
Filling a niche hitherto unapparent to most people is the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Cabriolet. Think of it as the familiar soft-top Beetle that’s been given the SUV treatment and you’re about there.

3.2 out of 5

Running costs

  • Slightly costlier than a regular Beetle
  • Both engines are fairly frugal
  • Most other running costs reasonable

While the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Cabriolet’s running costs aren’t excessive, the additional ride height over the regular models makes it less aerodynamic and consequently slightly thirstier.

A pair of engines each with a choice of two transmissions means there’s scope for choosing a Dune that’s slightly cheaper to run – the pick being the 2.0 TDI with a manual gearbox with a claimed average of 60.1mpg, while the 1.2 TSI with the same transmission posts a claim of 50.4mpg. All very reasonable.

Emissions for all models fall between 122g/km and 130g/km of CO2 so VED car tax costs aren’t too bad either.

Because of the mechanical commonality with other VWs, servicing costs shouldn’t be astronomical although consumables such as tyres could be on the pricey side as they’re on 18-inch wheels.

Resale values are on par with regular Beetle Cabriolets around the 43 percent mark so there’s no financial penalty for choosing a more specialist model.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£900 - £936 *


£826 - £885 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Required every year or 10,000 miles, whichever occurs sooner.


Three years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs sooner.

Road tax (12 months)

£125.00 - £150.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

3.2 out of 5

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

With two efficient engine choices and a pair of gearbox types available for each, emissions are pegged at a low level for the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Cabriolet but that chunky SUV makeover ensures they’re higher than for the rest of the range.

BlueMotion Technologies (BMT) are standard across the range, most obvious in the VWs’ stop-start system which works impressively smoothly, especially with the DSG automatics.

Least-polluting of the range is the 2.0-litre TDI manual with emissions of 122g/km of CO2 while at the opposite end of the rather short scale is the 1.2 TSI manual at 130g/km.

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