By BRENWIN NAIDU
THE Volkswagen Amarok is the German automaker’s foray into the pick-up truck market – a market that is particularly fierce in South Africa. Here, people love their bakkies, and rather than only seeing them as products for heavy-duty use, see them as accompaniments to all facets of their lifestyles.
While many might think of the Amarok Double Cab as a more premium offering, competing against formidable-looking beasts like the Nissan Navara, Volkswagen offers the Amarok in Single Cab guise too, geared toward those with more industrial applications in mind.
We like the styling of the Amarok, even in this Single Cab format. It loses none of the handsome, bulky good looks of its bigger sibling, and fits the bill as a typically masculine, mean-looking bakkie.
One can choose from six models in the Amarok Single Cab range. First up is the 2.0-litre TDI 4×2 model, with 90-kilowatts. At the top of the range is the 2.0-litre BiTDI with Volkswagen’s four-wheel-drive 4Motion system, with 120-kilowatts and a price tag of R335 000. Power is shifted through a six-speed manual transmission.
There are two model grades offered: Basic and Trendline. As the title suggests, the Basic comes with the necessities you need, while the Trendline throws in some other nice-to-haves, like attractive-looking 16-inch alloy wheels. With the Basic, you get a driver’s airbag, power steering, and passive safety mechanisms like ABS and EBD.
With the Trendline, they add into the mix a passenger airbag, air-conditioner, a radio with a CD-Player, cruise control, and even a steering wheel and gearstick clad in leather – a classy touch. Volkswagen say that this Trendline model is aimed at buyers who plan to use the Amarok for work and play.
All Amarok Single Cab models come with a 3 year/100 000 kilometre warranty and a 5 year/90 000 kilometre service plan.