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Townsville Bulletin - - Cars Guide -

It is, in­side and out, a case of func­tion over form. This is af­ter all, a fancy com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle; the VW’s pay­load with the heavy duty sus­pen­sion is a handy 1157kg, drop­ping to a rea­son­able 937kg with the com­fort pack­age. driver and front pas­sen­ger airbags, head and tho­rax airbags. pro­tec­tion of the ABS, sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trols and the proac­tive 4Motion sys­tem on 4WD mod­els. the VW Amarok is its solid and sure stance— on and off the road. It is a spacious and com­fort­able an­noy­ing vi­bra­tion some­where in the dash­board). The steer­ing is quick and di­rect, the ute easy to place and the brakes ex­cel­lent. The en­gine is tractable, over­drives, it is of­ten nec­es­sary to come back to fourth for max­i­mum ef­fect for hills or over­tak­ing. Through all this, over good road and bad, the Amarok rides and tracks with sur­pris­ing sure­foot­ed­ness for a close to im­per­vi­ous. Bro­ken bi­tu­men and rut­ted tracks can get the back to move off line, but this is eas­ily cor­rected by the sta­bil­ity pro­gram, elec­tronic diff lock and trac­tion con­trol. Off the bi­tu­men, the clever 4Motion sys­tem and all its pro­grams, good ap­proach, de­par­ture an­gles, gear­ing and un­der­body pro­tec­tion sees the Amarok romp through tough tracks. It was sur­pris­ingly com­pe­tent in bi­ased rub­ber full, the VW kept on mov­ing... trac­tion rarely an is­sue. The elec­tron­ics work un­ob­tru­sively, mak­ing or­di­nary driv­ers look like ex­perts and the VW Amarok a star. It may never knock off the sales stars, but the VW Amarok looks like a leader.

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