VOLK­SWA­GEN AMAROK

Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

THE Amarok is get­ting on a bit now, but a re­cent facelift has given it a fresh lease of life. Volk­swa­gen’s first full-size pick-up is one of the best, and the new V6 diesel is bril­liantly smooth and torquey.

It also al­lows it to tow 3.1 tonnes, but there are bet­ter work­horse pick-ups out there. In­stead, the Amarok of­fers an Suv-like driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The new en­gine means it is one of the most re­fined pick­ups on the mar­ket, and it’s just as happy cruis­ing on the mo­tor­way as it is climb­ing a moun­tain. Com­bine that with a solid and prac­ti­cal in­te­rior, tidy han­dling and a com­posed ride, and it’s not hard to see why the Amarok is such a pop­u­lar truck. It’s rather ex­pen­sive, mind.

Price range: £32,503-£39,391 Our pick: Amarok Trend­line (£32,503) En­gine: 3.0-litre 6cyl diesel, 201bhp Trans­mis­sion: 8-spd auto, four-wheel drive Top speed: 119mph Econ­omy: 36.2mpg CO2: 204g/km

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