With the massive success of the VW Beetle, which was an original designed vehicle that was meant to be reliable and economical, you would think the company would make more experimental vehicles like this. Instead, they’ve played it safe over the years, with winning models like the Golf, Polo, and Passat.
It wasn’t until 2010, when VW decided to shake up the automotive world once again with the launch of its first commercial pickup, the Amarok. Built in a traditional sense with a chassis-mounted body, it offered a single and double cab, which aroused interest from everywhere.
It’s been over a decade now and the Amarok has had enough time to adjust to the pickup truck market. It comes with a respectable 19.2cm, or 7.6in, ground clearance with a 29.5-degree approach angle and an 18-degree departure angle. The overall design of the vehicle is pretty much the same, with halogen headlights and fog lights with static cornering lights.
This being the Territus Trim, there are pronounced black fenders on the wheel arches, which are both functional and aesthetic. In addition to these accessories, 17 ” alloy wheels, coated in black with red calipers, give the vehicle a very demonstrative appearance.
The Amarok is determined to be taken seriously as a pickup. As such, interior design is more about functionality than fashion. Soft plastic is used throughout and the buttons are arranged in a useful fashion.
There’s a 6.33-inch touchscreen in the center, which surprisingly comes with an MP3-compatible CD player, to go with all six speakers. There’s also Bluetooth, Apple Carplay / Android Auto, and voice control, all of which work seamlessly and seamlessly.
One of my gripes is that I wish there were more USB ports, as I only found one, meaning you would have to walk with a converter for the “lighter” plug. The vehicle also has sensors for the front and rear bumpers, and the information is displayed on the touchscreen. To be honest, I would have loved a rear view camera. However, these have worked very well and they are more durable.
The telescopic steering wheel helps to find a favorable driving position, as well as all-round visibility.
With the support of engineers at Porsche and Audi, performance was one area the Amarok was not going to lag behind. The 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine is tuned for peak performance, developing 180 hp. The lever can also be moved in sport mode, with the eight-speed transmission being controlled manually. Whether it’s overcoming obstacles or passing someone, the engine takes on the challenge without any sign of a struggle.
And, even though it feels heavy, the body roll is at a minimum, which is very surprising considering its girth. Another advantage is its driving comfort. Even with a leaf spring suspension at the rear, the vehicle behaved more like an SUV. The cabin did not feel constrained by the road conditions, which brought a lot of confidence.
The Amarok has been in this market long enough that buyers know it is here to stay. At first, many people weren’t sure if it was a work pickup or a luxury pickup. However, over time it turned out to be the first.
Price of the tested model: $ 7,795,000
Engine: 2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel
Torque: 420 nm (310 ft-lbs)
Transmission: 4-wheel drive, 8-speed automatic
Fuel tank: 80L fuel tank
Gas consumption: 9.4 l / 100 km (highway)
Body type: Pick-up
Competition: Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200, Ford Ranger
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