The 4WD Utes category has had some heavyweights that have proved unmovable over the past decade or so, which has made it hard for any new introductions to get a look in. After all, it is a category made up of the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Holden Colorado and Mitsubishi Triton, as well as a load more epic trucks that enjoy their place in this market. Looking at that list, it’s hard to comprehend anything else being able to dent the industry. However, that is exactly what the new Volkswagen Amarok intends to do.
Yes, it was late to the party. But as its surge in popularity would suggest, this formidable beast with the heart of a lion is here to make waves, and waves it has made:
Brings Enjoyment Back To Driving
If there is one thing that the Amarok does extremely well, and this will music to Jeremy Clarkson’s ears, it is power! The new Amarok shreds absolutely everything else in its class on this front, for which it has that huge 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged diesel engine to thank. You are probably asking yourself whether it is enough of a difference to put the Colorado in its place. Well, the answer is yes, the difference is mega. Let’s say you are stuck behind a road train. Well, if you are in third of fourth gear and you slam that accelerator down beyond the seventy percent mark, you’ll engage the over boost function for up to ten seconds, taking your torque to 580Nm. Astonishing.
About As Safe As They Come
When it comes to getting yourself an SUV that will keep you safe, you’ll have to search far and wide to wide to find anything that matches the Amarok in terms of safety. Not only does it have all of VWs award-winning and standard safety features, such as their ESP, it also has functions such as their Post-Collision System to help you out. This is designed specifically to reduce the harm of any secondary impacts, while the almost infinite amount of driver’s aids are enough to make even the worst driver seem special. Of course, the Amarok hasn’t been on the road long, so you keep on track with your roadworthy registration inspections and make sure you get your car service at least once a year, or once every 10,000 miles, whatever comes first.
Practicality Is Its Only Weakness
Weakness seems to be a strong word because it isn’t weak at all. It just lacks slightly compared to the rest of the package. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t the ideal Ute for all your needs. It is super smooth to drive, handles every surface imaginable with total ease and is an absolute dream to drive. The comfort kit is just something else. The reason we have said this is where it is weakest is simply that its towing limit is actually less than its rivals. That is it, however. Okay, so the legroom in the back seats isn’t exactly what you’d find in a Rolls Royce, but up front, you couldn’t wish for anything more. As for the load bay, well, it’s 122cm at its narrowest point, while it’s metre and a half length should suit any task you set it.