Auto Amarok now more accessible
The Volkswagen Amarok is one of FOCUS’s favourite single- and double-cab bakkies – it’s capable, spacious, well designed, comfortable and, despite being among the larger available, easy to drive.
It became easier in January 2013 when VW launched the four-wheel drive double cab with an eight-speed transmission (see the FOCUS review here). This week, the company extended the automatic offering to its 4×2 model, with the same 132 kW, 420 Nm 2,0-litre BiTDI engine.
The eighth gear is configured as an overdrive gear and, as such, the Amarok achieves 8,2 l/100 km and emits 216 g/km of CO₂. The top speed of 180 km/h is reached in seventh gear and the 0 to 100 km/h sprint takes 10,6 seconds.
Available exclusively in Highline spec, the vehicle is fitted with standard safety and convenience features including Electronic Stability Programme with brake assist and Hill Start/Hill Descent assist and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) including off-road ABS.
It also has driver and front passenger airbags, daytime running lights, rear park-distance control, 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker MP3 Radio/CD, Climatronic dual-zone air-conditioning system, electrically foldable mirrors, storage drawers under the front seats and cruise control. There are 12-volt sockets in the centre console, dashboard and load box.
The new vehicle retails for R467 700 and comes standard with a three-year/100 000 km manufacturer warranty, a five-year/90 000 km Automotion Service Plan and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty. The service interval is 15 000 km.