Amarok your world

The 8-speed automatic transitions from barbaric to bridled with ease. The tar and turf just aren't tough enough for the trustworthy Amarok.

The name, Amarok 2.0 BiTDI 4 Motion Highline, might be a mouthful, but this car left me speechless.

I take pride in the fact that I belong to the ‘old school of thought’ who believe there just isn’t anything better than a five-speed manual.

I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive about driving an automatic big enough to be a bus for the first time. The fact that it didn’t belong to me made my left leg shake even more as a fumbled about looking for the clutch.

With my colleague putting my mind at ease, I said ‘I don’t think I should to do this’ and pulled away, fearful and fidgety.

As soon as I was comfortable enough with the beast of a bakkie, I could put my foot down and enjoy the perks of an automatic without thinking about my trusty manual steed at home.

It handled the wet dirt road with stability, beckoning me to push it just a little bit further.

A young man living in the shacks near the gravel road was shocked to see the 2820kg lurch effortlessly through the muddy waters. With a wading depth of 500 millimetres, I knew I had nothing to worry about.

The Amarok accelerates from zero to 100km per hour in 10.9 seconds and has a top speed of about 179km per hour.

The fact that I am only 1.79 metres tall made climbing into a vehicle with a ground clearance of 244 millimetres, a mission in itself. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but the struggle of the vertically challenged couldn’t be more real.

The height of the 1834 millimetre Amarok is ground for other cars to move aside as you pull up.

The 8-speed automatic has a fuel consumption of 10.1 litres per 100km. Although it’s a bit of a guzzler, it doesn’t take away from the overall Amarok experience.

It comes equipped to handle a payload of 845kg. While the Amarok could be a workhorse, Volkswagen had a luxury highline in mind this time around.

Onto what women want.

The interior of the Amarok is exquisite to say the least. The bold stitching and soft trimmings, aptly named ‘endless’ and ‘trail’, epitomise sitting in the lap of luxury.

The mp3 capable radio with a six-speaker system is a music fanatic’s dream come true. The multi-function on-board computer and silver inserts made me love the Amarok so much more.

For women who like to look their best, even if it means redoing their eyeliner while stopped at a red robot, the Amarok comes equipped with a reasonable sized makeup mirror. We all know that a mirror is a make-or-break factor where motoring is concerned.

If you’re in the market for a car that easily transitions between labour and luxury, the Amarok will live up to and exceed your every expectation.

The Amarok is certainly not for the fainthearted!


Nicole Collett

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