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Volkswagen Amarok TDI 420 4Motion Test

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The Volkswagen has a massive tray (the in the class) and yet inside, and to drive, the quality and feel of a family says Isaac Bober .

in 2012, Volkswagen fitted an automatic to the Amarok, normally the of luxury vehicles, which is from the Touareg.  And, like in the Touareg, there’s no The eight-speed ‘box isn’t across the range, rather it can be had on dual-cab Amaroks with the in conjunction with the auto) 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder The rest of the range has to make do a six-speed manual only.

testing the Amarok TDI 420 Trendline which lists for $47,490 At the same time as introducing the automatic transmission, Volkswagen added, showing that it to the demands of potential buyers, steering wheel and Bluetooth audio streaming, which is on Trendline, Highline and Ultimate.

The Amarok, at 5.2 metres long, is big and so, than try and disguise its bulk, crayon twirlers went with the design. It gets pumped guards and styling from VW’s current look, while the top-spec get big alloy wheels, chrome bumpers, side steps and bars.


With one of the interiors in the business, the inside of the is as comfortable as it is practical. interior utilitarian, but it’s been from good quality and while the design is simple be familiar to anyone who has driven a Volkswagen (it’s reminiscent of a dash).

You get reach and rake on the wheel, and plenty of adjustment on the so accommodating either short or drivers won’t be a problem. And decent room in the back too. Indeed, I’m 181cm and with the front seat set up for me, I sit in the back with knee, leg and room to spare.


Featuring the largest tray in the (1.55×1.62m), the Amarok will swallow a standard Euro-sized between the wheel arches – wide. The single-cab Amarok, a larger tray (2.2m can handle two pallets. The Amarok’s sill, at 78cm, is nice and there are four sturdy eyes in each corner, and the will lug 1175kg in the back. in terms of towing, the Amarok is capable of dragging 3000kg a 300kg towball download

Probably our biggest concern is the clearance which is just for 4MOTION models – we scraped the a few times, although underbody meant no harm was done. While, as all VW Amaroks are fitted with 3+2 spring suspension at the back duty), our test vehicle was with the optional 2+1 ‘comfort This drops the overall of the vehicle by 20kg, and reduces the GVM 3040kg to 2820kg.

In standard the Amarok offers a decent approach angle, but a fairly 23.6-degree departure angle the rear bumper, though, and improves to a front-end matching Breakover is 21.4-degrees (although a will improve that).

no mistaking how big the Amarok is, indeed at long you’d reckon tracks would do it no favours, but a turning circle of 12.95m, the is pretty good, although not as good as the slightly longer Ranger, which offers a circle of 12.71m.


the exception of the entry-level Amarok which runs a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, all Amaroks are twin-turbos. And, as our test car is running the tweaked (TDI420), producing 132kW at and 420Nm from 1750rpm consumption is 8.3L/100km).

On the road, the more-power engine is and quiet, and mated to the eight-speed more refined than any dual cab on the market. There’s a bit of lag, sure, but name us a backed by an auto that have lag… And once up and running it whips through the with a quality you don’t from a work-oriented vehicle. sitting in eighth (an overdrive at 100km/h, the tacho is showing 1600rpm, which is right in the sweet spot, making an cinch.


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The might be more truck SUV, but you wouldn’t know from behind the wheel. the Amarok is easily the best-driving 4WD on the market and the comfort springs to our test car give it an even ride (more comfortable with less tendency to over obstacles).

Indeed, the shrugs off minor imperfections in the and barely shudders over patches in the road (and without a load in the back, most utes need to down). The steering is reasonably weighted and direct with straight-ahead stability, and while probably want to upgrade to a agressive tyre for low-speed work, on-road, the Amarok’s road-biased Bridgestone Dueler HTs and the 4WD make for impressive grip.

While all of its competitors offer the Amarok auto (the offers low-range gearing) do without it. Instead, it runs a low ratio (4.714), which is equivalent to three low in the manual, and is expressly for low-speed grunt Indeed, the gearbox, unless thumbed the ‘off-road mode’ will skip straight to gear.

While the low first isn’t what you’d a ‘crawler’ gear it was low enough with the rear diff engaged) that we clambered up all of our tracks at Mount Walker, NSW even raising a sweat. we crawled up one gnarly hill at 15km/h (pulling 1700rpm). put plenty of 4WDs through paces on this track, and it an easy one, stopping a HiLux dead. The downhill control is so capable that we inched our way back down hill with our feet off the


A standout in the category, the Amarok’s quality extends the cabin with quality, plastics used that the impression of a passenger car rather usual commercial vehicle of being sat inside something from the off-cuts of old lunch-boxes. are big deep storage containers, all of the points seem strong and The tray is deep and roomy all of the mechanicals seems neatly up and out of harms way. Although the ground clearance means the is exposed to scraping on some but our test car ran underbody protection and so no was done.


The eight-speed is only available in conjunction the tweaked 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel (132kW/420Nm) and in four-wheel or 4MOTION guise. And pricing for the 4MOTION dual-cab cab chassis at $44,490 (+ORC), while the cab ute starts from $45,990 and extends to $61,490 (+ORC) for the Ultimate running comfort

So, what can you expect for your Well, in the Trendline TDI420 that we’re testing $47,490+ORC) you’ll find alloys, Bluetooth and iPod with a leather-wrapped multi-function wheel, cruise control, display (showing speed, to empty, etc), fog lights, storage bins beneath the seats, and much more. The (from $53,990+ORC) adds alloys, stainless steel bar and side steps, rear sensor and flared guards, climate control and more. The (from $61,490+ORC) adds alloys, leather seats, and other flourishes, it’s available in either selectable drive or permanent all-wheel 4MOTION.

Volkswagen offers capped-price on the Amarok for the first six scheduled (each at a 15,000km interval and up to with prices ranging mid-$400 through to high-$500.

The has a five-star ANCAP crash rating, gets four traction and stability controls, assist and ABS, as well as ABS/ASR and electronic differential The dual-cab also has three restraint points behind the seat backs.

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