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(2011) Volkswagen Amarok Single Cab

VW have entered the ‘Bakkie’ segment with the Amarok. It comes in a few flavors, but this one was in the shape of a bi-turbo diesel. They seem to take this Bakkie stuff seriously and put in some 4-motion with a low range setting. So of course I had to test it ‘off road’.

VW Amarok by Shawn  Jooste (shawnjooste) on 500px.com

 

VW Amarok by Shawn  Jooste (shawnjooste) on 500px.com

 

VW Amarok by Shawn  Jooste (shawnjooste) on 500px.com

Testing cars, can often be a little monotonous and boring. You drive them around the roads, some quick runs around a mountain and then home again. But the Amarok came with a feature that was just dying to be tested. VW call it ‘off road ABS’. Sounds like fun don’t it? So the only way to test this off road ABS system, is to get up to about 80km/h on a dirt road, and then slam on the brakes. Then just to be sure, you do it again, and again, and again. Our test results were conclusive, it’s a lot of fun, and happens to work quite well.

 

VW Amarok by Shawn  Jooste (shawnjooste) on 500px.com

Being a Bakkie, you don’t exactly expect the luxury’s of a modern SUV. So it’s quite plane jane on the inside, but more luxurious than a dog kennel. It’s got seats, a steering wheel, radio and aircon, everything the modern ‘rugged’ man needs.

 

VW Amarok by Shawn  Jooste (shawnjooste) on 500px.com

VW boast that the rear loading bay was built to handle two Euro Pallets sideways. This sounds outlandish, mostly because I don’t even know what a Euro Pallet is, let alone have you. But what I can say is that there is enough space in the back there to put a whole lot of stuff. Like your mother in law. She’ll fit in there, with room to spare.

 

VW Amarok by Shawn  Jooste (shawnjooste) on 500px.com

The Diesel engine is a nice balance between power and efficiency. I managed to just about eek out 800kms on a tank, which was combined driving on highways and thrashing around the bush.

 

VW Amarok by Shawn  Jooste (shawnjooste) on 500px.com

The Amarok has a lot going for it. It looks good, it drives well, comes with great kit. But the one thing counting against it is that it’s the new kid on the block. People who buy Bakkies like this this generally buy them as work horses and are far more concerned with reliability than features. Sure you’ll get the odd person buy it as a daily run around, but the vast majority will buy it to do the heavy lifting. So until the Amarok proves it’s self in those conditions, it’ll trail behind the like of the Hilux.

 

VW Amarok by Shawn  Jooste (shawnjooste) on 500px.com

But is VW’s history of making good solid reliable cars is anything t go by then the Amarok has a bright future ahead of it. There is a double cab petrol version also available, which might be better suited to the family man, but the diesel is a solid Bakkie.

 

2 Responses to “(2011) Volkswagen Amarok Single Cab”

  1. Doug
    June 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Seriously cool photos!

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