Wolf leaps into ac­tion with the load-lug­ging

Business Day - Motor News - - COMMERCIAL NEWS - Mark Smyth

There’s noth­ing quite like a house move to prove the ev­ery­day use­ful­ness of hav­ing a bakkie in the long-term fleet. Granted, in my case it was less of a house move and more of a mas­sive house clear­ance, with the need to de-clut­ter ahead of a move to the UK.

A van would have been bet­ter but in the ab­sence of a VW Trans­porter, our Amarok V6 was called to ac­tion. A new ton­neau cover helped to keep every­thing neatly in the load bay on nu­mer­ous trips to the tip and the re­cy­cling de­pot.

As a quick aside, on one such trip to the tip in Wood­mead, I was passed by a Golf GTi that was bla­tantly ex­ceed­ing the speed limit. He had to stop for the red ro­bot and needed to be taught a les­son.

Switch­ing the trans­mis­sion to Sport mode, the light changed, the wolf (mean­ing of Amarok) bared its claws and the Amarok left the Golf be­hind, much to the sur­prise of its driver.

He was so sur­prised that at the next traf­fic light he wound down his win­dow to ask what mod­i­fi­ca­tions the bakkie had ben­e­fited from. I pointed out that it was com­pletely stock. He went off in a huff.

But back to the mov­ing. At one point, I had to get an en­tire pa­tio set into the back to de­liver to a friend. I’m quite good at Tetris pack­ing but this one was rather tricky.

How­ever, af­ter dis­man­tling a few pieces and a bit of trial and er­ror, it all went in and un­der the ton­neau cover too.

Re­mov­ing the ton­neau for larger loads was a rel­a­tively easy af­fair. For­tu­nately, as with many of its type, it can be rolled back to the cab where straps fix it into place so you do not need to re­move the whole thing. Then you just have to re­move the bars across the load bay and pack every­thing in.

For me, my time with the Amarok V6 has come to an end and when I ar­rived in the UK I missed its prac­ti­cal­ity when it came time to pick up the odd item of fur­ni­ture bought from Ikea or off Gumtree.

IM­MUNE TO SCRATCHES

A Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sport helped, but it did not have the ver­sa­til­ity of the Amarok and cer­tainly not the more util­i­tar­ian load bay that seemed to have been im­mune to any po­ten­tial scratches from the var­i­ous loads put it in over its ten­ure.

While I will have to re­sort to the typ­i­cal man with a van thing here, I look back on the time spent with the Amarok well. It proved not only prac­ti­cal but also im­mensely fun for those of us who en­joy a bit of per­for­mance and a good drive.

Like the X-Class, it’s not cheap but it is a great bakkie and prac­ti­cal not just at load-lug­ging but in the daily com­mute too. It will be missed but have no fear, the team will con­tinue to bring you re­ports in the com­ing months. Me, I’m off to find a bloke with a Tran­sit.

A LAND ROVER DISCOVE R Y SPORT HELPED, BUT DID NOT HAVE THE VE R SA T ILI T Y OF THE AMAROK AND CER­TAINLY NOT THE MORE U T ILI T A R IAN LOAD BAY

Our Amarok has been do­ing fine duty both as a commuter and as a house-clear­ing load-lug­ger.

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