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Journeys : Jun Jul 2011
The commander in the cockpit pushed me out into the mud to see if I could guide him. As the other vehicles ar rived behind us, a few (not many) other journalists gave a hand. Eventually we managed to manhandle the boulder and the Amarok was able to reverse out under its own power. I had mud up to my knees and my boots felt 10 kg heavier, but my friend in the driver’s seat was almost sparkling clean and had a grin from ear to ear. The rest of Jeffreys was uneventful and we ended the day’s journey in Amarok Town. The recreation ground was quite a sight – as well as Amaroks everywhere, 60 VW Crafter campervans were all set out precisely in rows with their own street names and footpaths. After a pre-dinner specs briefing (see box) we reviewed the prog ram for the following day. This was a gymkhana-like event, with a number of activ ities designed to showcase the vehicle’s toughness and capabilities. First came a punt around a paddock as fast as possible, to assess ... I’m not sure? Then up and down large man-made mounds of sticky red clay to reiterate what I discovered the previous day, that it will keep on going despite the level of mud on the tyres. We then tested the ABS system in both normal and off-road modes – at 40km/h the ABS cut stopping distance by more than a car length. Then up and down a see-saw to invoke the hill-hold assist (and get a look under neath at the solid ladder- frame chassis and under-vehicle protection.) We also drove the VW onto logs so the front wheels were off the ground, with most of the weight sitting on the under-body guards and cross members, just for good measure. Make no mistake, this is a serious entry into the dual-cab ute market. There are cheaper dual-cabs on the market, but on list pr ices it sits just below comparable Hi-Lux models, with the entr y 4x2 $33,990 and 4x4 $43,990 (plus on roads). There are three more levels of spec to the top-level blinged-up luxury Amarok Ultimate $58,490 (plus on-road costs). An omission at this point is an automatic option, but I’m sure the VW engineers are working on that as we speak. In a competitive sector that sells more units than many passenger car segments, VW has raised the bar in terms of quality, safety, ride and handling – without a doubt, they’ll be expecting to get quite a few defectors from competitive brands. Tech specs All Amarok models are powered by a twin-turbo 2.0L diesel engine producing 120kW and 400Nm, coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. One turbo looks after the bottom end of the rev range to reduce lag, while the other takes over as the revs rise. Economy for the 4x2 is 7.7L/100km while the 4x4 gets a class-leading 7.7l/100km. Ute payload is an impressive 1.2 tonnes with enough width in the back to carry a full pallet between the wheel arches. Towing is rated at a maximum of 2800kg. There is an option of comfort rear springs which does reduce these capacities but ride quality is further improved. Interior space is again class- leading, particularly when talking about width. The rear seats aren’t perfect but they definitely shade others in this class. Without question the one thing Amarok does like no other is safety. This is the first 5-star ANC AP-rated 4x4 dual-cab on the market. It comes with standard ESC, ABS, dual front and side airbags. You also have as standard off-road mode, which retunes ESC and ABS systems to improve braking and handling in off-road conditions. This also includes a hill-descent system and manages the electronic diff locks. Rounded out w ith three-point seat belts in all positions and you have premium passenger car safety in a commercial vehicle. Life on the move *Conditions apply Keeping you in the home you love Stannah Stairlift free home assessment Inside for straight or turning stairways... .. . or outside for straight stairways www.prking.com.au BLD LIC No 22942 Call Michael on 9748 3488 for your free brochure 19205_PR King Journey Mag Ad_2.indd 1 16/02/11 10:26 AM June / July 2011 21
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