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New 2012 VW Amarok auto 4WD review

This is a solid of hardy workhorse and some comforts that make life a bit more bearable.

Pincott road tests and the new 2012 VW Amarok auto 4WD with specs, fuel and verdict.

It’s a battle of the Volkswagen’s Amarok is taking on a the sales-topping Toyota HiLux .

The range has just been with a single-cab version to the tradies, and an eight-speed auto the in a ute here — for the weekend (and tradie bosses).

So snobbery comes to the building and cashed-up contractors can get a European to broadcast how well they’re


There’s a list of 24 different models by the you choose from the 2.0-litre and diesel engines, bodies and Trendline, Highline and Ultimate.

The chassis models start $24,490 for the 118kW/300Nm 2.0-litre petrol (with a six-speed driving the rear wheels) and to $27,490 for the 90kW/340Nm turbodiesel while the 4WD 120kW/400Nm turbodiesel ask from $35,490 (with ute adding an extra $1500 the range).

Dual-cab chassis versions off with the rear-drive six-speed 90kW/340Nm TDI from $30,490, by the 118kW/300Nm TSI from $31,090, and the twin-turbo 120kW/400Nm TDI at $32,490, the last of those getting 4WD for

The eight-speed ZF conventional auto dual-clutch boxes slip too for offroading — arrives with the 4WD 132kW/420Nm dual-cabs, from $44,490 and topping out at the Ultimate spec. A couple of tags down is the one we tested at in mid-spec Highline — more than the manual but partly because VW has carved off the latter’s price.

At this you get a decent six-speaker audio Bluetooth streaming and dual-zone control on the goodies list. Our ute had VW’s ‘4Motion’ full-time AWD a Torsen centre diff normally runs 40:60 but varies on demand to deliver to the wheels with best

The ZF usually starts off in second on bitumen, because it has an ultra-low ratio for general offroading a selectable offroad mode for clambering that adjusts the traction, brake and electronic lock responses.

Our test ute around on the standard heavy-duty suspension, begging for a load in the There’s a no-cost comfort option for those who don’t a heavy toolbox to calm down, but it drops the payload by (to 740 on ours).

It’s high, and handsome. Squared off lines the body a tough and purposeful set off in our Highline with stainless rear bumper, side-steps and bar — but undermined by looking a bit with 17-in alloy nowhere near filling the flared wheel arches. and shoulder room is great and back, so there’ll be no bromance

The interior is clean and hardy, but manages to add a slight touch of in the trim and equipment, with controls from big chunky No flimsy hipster switchgear mate. The clip-on cupholder like it won’t last 10 sticking out of the dash, and the glove box is with barely space for a unless you remove the owner’s

But there are plenty of storage around the cabin, including bins and massive door There’s also enough between shifter and centre bin to look at mounting a small You have to applaud three 12v in cabin and another in the tray, a light back there no fumbling around in the dark.

The led the ute world with a five-star safety rating, and gets front and front-side airbags although it misses out on curtains anti-lock brakes with assistants, stability and traction plus trailer sway

The ZF gearbox is slick and refined, and into its own at both ends of the with first giving low crawling ability, and eighth economical highway running a relaxed 1700rpm. But the auto is to make the best of any economy by heading up towards eighth and when you kick, it often down two cogs.

Slipping into manual gets clearer response for but a whole lot more noise under the bonnet, and most of the it’s well-sorted enough to out what it needs to do in auto. hard to believe the torquey is just two litres, with its and sometimes its noise punching above that size.

A at the fuel economy is the compensation, it happily averaging mid 9s over a of low-gear dirt crawling, cruising and suburban frustration. from the empty tray for some bouncing over surfaces, it’s surefooted and and ride comfort is exceptional for a big And big it certainly is. Impressive on the street, but with the cabin’s good the rear parking acts are a to wedge the beefy tail place.

You might scoff about snobbery or cog-upmanship hitting the sites. But overall this is a blend of hardy workhorse and creature comforts that working life a bit more

Volkswagen Amarok

Price: cab from $24,490; dual cab $30,490.

Warranty: 3 years/unlimited km

interval: 15,000km/12 months

rating: five-star


Engine: 2-litre 118kW/300Nm petrol; 2-litre twin-turbodiesel 90kW/340Nm, 120kW/400Nm or 132kW/420Nm RWD and 4WD

Volkswagen Amarok

Body: 5.2m (L); (w); 1.8m (h)

Price: cab from $19,740; dual cab $30,240

Engine: 2.5-litre 4-cyl petrol, 110kW/375Nm 2.2 and 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder

Transmission: 5 or 6-speed manual, automatic, rear and four-wheel

Body: 2 and 4-door utility


Price: single-cab $23,690; dual cab from

Engine: 2.5-litre 4-cyl 106kW/356Nm, 126kW/403Nm or 140kW/450Nm; three-litre V6 turbodiesel (7-spd

Transmission: 5 or 6-speed manual, automatic, rear or four-wheel

Body: 2 and 4-door utility


Engine: 116kW/240Nm 2.7 and 175kW/376Nm four-litre V6 petrol; three-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel

5-speed manual or 5-speed rear or four-wheel drive

2 or 4-door utility


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