Used Volkswagen Beetle Dune Cabriolet (2016 - 2018) Safety & Reliability

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.

4 out of 5



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  • Award five stars by Euro NCAP
  • Roll-over protection for added security
  • Optional safety kit includes bi-xenon lights

Euro NCAP awarded the standard model five stars when it was crash-tested back in 2011, suggesting the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Cabriolet has a positive safety record.

Its cabin has four airbags, anti-whiplash front head rests, roll-over protection hoops that pop up behind the rear seats, the usual plethora of electronic stability systems and partial LED lighting to help ensure you’re visible, which automatically illuminate at dusk.

Extra-cost safety-related options for the Dune include cruise control (non-adaptive) and Side Scan which flashes a warning light in the door mirror housing to alert you of vehicles approaching from behind in your blindspot. Bi-xenon headlamps can also be specified to improve night-time visibility compared with the standard halogen units.

4 out of 5


  • Proven mechanical package
  • Well-made and feels rugged
  • Just one recall for the Beetle

Although it’s difficult to judge the reliability levels of the Volkswagen Beetle Dune Cabriolet specifically, the rest of the range has proven to be largely trouble free.

The whole range has been subjected to just one recall – for a possible fuel leak – but that was for models built before the Dune versions were introduced in 2016.

Mechanically there’s little to cause concern – the 1.2-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI engines are in service across various Volkswagen Group products, as are the transmissions.

It’s a similar story with the car itself – the Dune’s modifications are essentially cosmetic for a car that’s been on sale for several years, so there’s little that’s genuinely new and untested in real-world scenarios.

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No problems reported


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No problems reported