Nominated by 4x4 Magazine
The Volkswagen Amarok has been crowned ‘Best Pick-up of the Year’ by specialist off road publication 4x4 magazine. Seven pick-ups underwent intensive testing by 4x4 Magazine, each judged on their off-road ability, performance on the road and value for money. The pick-ups were also tested as a working vehicle including comparing towing capacity and engine capability, resulting with the Volkswagen Amarok as the overall winner.
The Volkswagen Amarok was launched in 2011 and since then the pick-up has received eight awards. It is praised for its practicality, efficiency and value for money plus this pick-up is a genuine work-horse that is more than capable of tackling the roughest of work terrains. The Volkswagen Amarok boasts the largest load dimensions in its class with a load area of 2.52 m² (1,555 mm long, 1,620 mm wide, with width between wheel arches of 1,222 mm), a maximum payload capacity of 1,057 kg and maximum towing limit of 2.8 tonnes.
Nigel Fryatt, Editor, 4x4 Magazine said "the range of pick-ups available in the UK market is extensive. All the vehicles we tested were very similar in terms of being diesel-powered, double cab vehicles, with standard load beds. However, when it came to the Volkswagen Amarok it was obvious that it was a clear winner. The Amarok has the best engine of the group, both in terms of on-road response, and off-road ability. When coupled to the excellent eight speed automatic gearbox there could only be one winner."
2.0 litre BiTDi Turbo Diesel Engine
The Amarok is powered by an impressive 2.0-litre 178bhp BiTDI turbo diesel engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox which boasts a superior drive, road response and driveability. It also offers some of the lowest emissions in the sector, and was the first to dip under the 200 g/km CO2 threshold. The Amarok range offers three trim levels, a choice of permanent or selectable 4MOTION and a load area wide enough to fit a ‘euro’ pallet. All models feature advanced technology and safety systems including EDL (Electronic Differential Lock), ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation), ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with Hill Hold Assist, Hill Descent Assist and off-road ABS designed to significantly shorten stopping distances on loose surfaces.
Prices start at £20,720 for the Amarok which is an extremely competitive price for such a versatile vehicle. Delivery times for UK buyers have been reduced due the Amarok now being built at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ factory in Hanover, Germany.