“Have you ever looked at a vehicle with a different filter? Perhaps as if it were a toy or an accessory? As something that matched and complimented your style so well, that you just fell in love with it? I have.”
2016 VW Beetle Dune – The Perfect Accessory
As a lover of all things fashion, I know firsthand that all accessories aren’t created equal. Choosing the wrong style of shoes or earrings that aren’t quite the right length, can be detrimental to an otherwise “on-fleek” outfit. Yes, I went there. Isn’t that what all the cool kids are saying nowadays?
So, while daydreaming of the perfect set of wheels for a variety of situations, outfits, moods and moments, there is only one car that I can think of—the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune.
To give you a little bit of a backstory, I have always dreamed of owning a Volkswagen Beetle; long before I had my drivers license. One of the physicians I used to work with had a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, and it was a total dream. I longed for the day when I could finally have my very own.
My glorious day finally came when Jerry surprised me by taking me to the local dealership to do a quick test-drive of a 2012 model, and naturally, it was love at first sight. I swore I was never getting out of it! My lifelong dream of owning a Beetle came true that snowy day and I have zero regrets.
Never would I have expected another car to top the same feeling I had the day I drove my Beetle home. But that day did come. The day Volkswagen dropped off a 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune for me to drive for a whole week.
The overall look of the Dune is what stands out the most on this special edition Beetle. It’s absolutely gorgeous! The bright gold color called “Sandstorm Yellow” (my favorite) screams beauty, power and domination. Powered Volkswagen’s 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4 cylinder turbo engine, and 6-speed automatic transmission, this baby goes! You couldn’t really ask for much more while running errands or going for a joy drive. The raised suspension is a Dune exclusive, and along with the bumpers and large rear spoiler, it transforms it into a real-life dune buggy, but more importantly, a much cooler Beetle than my own.
When it comes to technology, and as a Mom of very active kids, I greatly appreciate having a rearview camera and Bluetooth for my cell phone. These are features that are greatly underestimated and all automobiles should have them.
Unlike a lot of other cars that we get to drive, the Dune’s beauty isn’t just skin deep, it goes much further than that. The interior design is super fun and just as charming as the exterior. The Sandstorm Yellow paint carries into the dash and gauges, and there’s even yellow stitching on the steering wheel, parking brake, and shifter. The seats are contoured in black leather, with gray cloth inserts, and yellow contrast stitching and piping.
Just picture yourself hitting the town in this beauty; paired with your favorite high heels, your little black dress and your bestie. You don’t have to be an exhausted Mom (like me) to appreciate a fun night out. And don’t forget to turn up the music! Features like Volkswagen App-Connect—which can display select music apps like Pandora from your compatible smartphone onto your touchscreen on the available Fender Premium Audio System. Now there’s no reason why you can’t dance like nobody is watching, and with a real-world 31 MPG combined, I suggest you take the long way home!
Old or new, Beetles seem to just have an endless amount of personality that is completely timeless. Whatever your fashion sense might be, this car is the perfect accessory for every taste.
- Starts at:$23,995
- Price as tested: $25,065 (including an $820 destination charge)