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Volkswagen AMAROK A33 SPECIAL EDITIONS

D/Cab Pick Up Black Ed 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto

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Pick-ups are undeniably practical but have a reputation for being rough and ready with crude driving dynamics. Volkswagen's Amarok set out to change all that and the latest version's cause is aided by a lusty six cylinder engine range. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Pick-up sales may have taken off in Europe over the last decade or so, but the vehicles themselves have come almost exclusively from the Far East, Japan dominating the market with Mitsubishi's L200, Nissan's Navara and Toyota's Hilux, leaving Ford a few scraps to hoover up with their Thai-built Ranger model. So what kind of pick-up might a European brand design? How would it be different? In this Volkswagen Amarok back in 2011, we got our answer in a vehicle that's sold steadily since but has been ultimaely limted in its aspirations by the fitment of a 2.0-litre diesel engine that's smaller in size than the class norm. That's important as pick-ups need torque - and plenty of it. Hence Volkswagen's development of the new 3.0-litre V6 TDI unit for the improved Amarok model we're going to look at here. Like its predecessor, this is claimed to be the most car-like vehicle of this kind ever made. Potentially then, the perfect solution for SUV buyers who want the greater practicality of pick-up motoring.

Driving Experience

A tough ladder-framed chassis and a solid, leaf-sprung rear axle necessary to carry heavy loads offer the inevitably utilitarian feel. Within the confines of this approach though, the Wolfsburg engineers have actually done a very good job in making this Amarok as car-like as it reasonably could be. The introduction of 3.0-litre V6 TDI power means that there's nothing wrong with the performance now on offer, this unit available in three guises offering either 163, 204 or 258PS. The pokiest unit develops 580Nm of torque at just 1,500rpm. UK customers can choose from selectable (with manual gearbox) and permanent (with auto) 4MOTION four-wheel drive. An optional mechanical rear-axle differential lock is also available for demanding off-road use. On the road, this Amarok should feel sharper to drive courtesy of a new Servotronic steering system. Plus new 17-inch brake discs on the front axle and 16-inch discs at the rear ensure that this pickup always comes to a stop quickly and safely.

Design and Build

As before, with a length of 5.25 metres and a width of 2.23 metres, this Amarok is a substantial thing. To reflect the changes made beneath the bonnet, Volkswagen's stylists have tried to give this improved version a more athletic-looking front end. As before, the chunky shape appears solidly planted to the ground with cleanly sculpted bonnet curves and a large Volkswagen emblem and grille, with clear horizontal lines linking them together across the front of the vehicle. Inside, there's a completely re-styled dashboard. Together with new ergonomic seats, these features aim to lend the vehicle a more sophisticated appearance. As before, there's neat switchgear, clearly defined instruments, a lovely three-spoke reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel and soft-touch plastics lifted straight from Volkswagen passenger cars. It's rather like being in a Golf on stilts and it'll be rather surreal if you come to this vehicle straight from an older pick-up rival. It's practical too, with lots of storage, including large bins in all the doors which can hold a 1.5-litre bottle in front and a 1.0-litre bottle in the rear. There's also a lidded bin, a lockable glovebox, a compartment for your sunglasses, two cupholders between the front seats and under-front-seat drawers on most models. In the rear, the extra width of the vehicle makes it easier to accommodate three adults if need be - though two will obviously be more comfortable. All will get proper three-point seatbelts and most trim levels include rear cupholders for their use. If the rear bench isn't in use and you need more storage room, you can tip the backrest forward to free up extra loadspace.

Market and Model

The range is based around the Doublecab bodystyle that almost all UK buyers want and all models get the 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine in either 163, 204 or 258PS guises. There are three trim levels - 'Trendline', 'Highline' and 'Aventura', with the latter two needed for the top 258PS unit and ex-VAT pricing ranging in the £26,000 to £40,000 bracket. Equipment levels of course, depend upon the trim designation you have in mind, but whatever variant you choose, you'll find that all Amaroks come with most of the basics. That means things like alloy wheels, Climatic air conditioning, daytime running lights, all-round power windows, power heated mirrors, a 12v power socket, a CD stereo and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. Plusher variants add things like cruise control, a trip computer and front foglamps. Going upwards on sharp inclines, there's a Hill Holder Clutch to stop you drifting backwards. Going down the other side, there's Hill Descent Control to keep the car at a steady speed. And of course there are plenty of accessories. These include a lockable toolbox designed to fit across the loadspace, a choice of tonneau covers or a complete matching hardtop to enclose the entire load area.

Practicalities and Costs

Drop down the sturdy tailgate and the headline news is the 2.52m3 load volume. That might encourage you to use the hefty payload allowance - between 1064 and 1119kgs for Selectable 4MOTION models. These have a high rear axle load limit of 1,860kgs. With the Permanent 4MOTION variant, the payload drops to just 750kgs.The Gross Vehicle Weight is 3170kg, though that falls to 2820kg if you opt for the top-spec model with permanent all-wheel drive. Get your cargo into the loadbay and that extra cargo volume really pay dividends. You can for example, carry a Euro pallet sideways, not something possible in many rival pick-ups. That's thanks to dimensions that give you a 1555mm loadspace length and a 1620mm loadspace width that narrows to 1222 between the wheelarches. And there's 508mm of load area height. As for efficiency, well this improved Amarok meets improved class standards in this regard, even the top 258PS 3.0 V6 TDI variant managing 33.6mpg on the combined cycle and 220g/km of CO2. Thanks to the 80-litre tank, that means a theoretical range of over 600 miles.

Summary

Pick-up users aren't necessarily expecting their vehicles to be advanced, car-like and fuel efficient. But most would be very pleased if they were. These are people who should get themselves behind the wheel of this very complete 3.0-litre V6 TDI Amarok. You do have nagging worries in the plush, car-like cabin as to whether this vehicle really is going to prove as tough and durable as its Asian rivals in the long term. But these are concerns your Volkswagen Van Centre will be quick to play down, pointing to this vehicle's development in the Patagonian wilderness and its use on the testing Paris-Dakar rally. This aside, the only issues are those common to all pick-ups, essentially based around a utilitarian on-tarmac feel. And this is less of an issue with an Amarok than with any other rival model. Limited UK numbers mean that this Volkswagen isn't going to threaten its Oriental rivals' market dominance too much, but in terms of product excellence, it certainly should give them plenty to think about. At last, we Europeans have given the Far East something it can learn from.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency32.10mpg
Emissions
Emissions231.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed129mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Automatic post collision braking system
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Discover media navigation system includes guide + inform, SD card and off road information display
  • Front and rear park distance control with rear view camera preparation
  • Headlight range adjustment
  • Multi-function Display Plus with control
  • Preparation for bluetooth hands free kit
  • Service indicator
  • Servotronic speed related PAS
  • Voice control system
  • Washer fluid level indicator

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers
  • App connect
  • Digital radio (DAB)
  • USB interface + AUX-IN jack

Exterior Features

  • Add-on kit wider wheel arch cover
  • Additional dust seals on outside
  • Bi-xenon headlights
  • Black fog light frame
  • Black polish trim strip on grille
  • Black rear bumper
  • Black side bars
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Dark coloured lenses with tail light assemblies
  • Driving rear fog light on left
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Heat insulating front side windows
  • Heated front washer nozzles
  • Heated rear window
  • LED licence plate lighting
  • Manual dimming door mirror
  • Painted bumpers
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear side window
  • Without luggage compartment lighting
  • Without roof rails/roof load rack

Interior Features

  • 3 seater rear bench
  • Air conditioning - Climatronic
  • Airbag label on front passenger sunvisor
  • Black headlining
  • Centre console with cover
  • Cup holders in cab
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Front air vents with heater duct in 2nd row seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Isofix child seat anchorage points on outer rear seats
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Leather gearknob and gaiter
  • Leather gearshift cover
  • Leather handbrake lever
  • Storage under front seats
  • Sun visors with vanity mirrors
  • Three height adjustable rear headrests
  • Vienna leather upholstery
  • Without floor mats

Packs

  • Lights and vision pack - Amarok
  • Smokers pack

Safety

  • Driver and passenger airbag
  • Driver's seat belt reminder with electric buckle
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Side and front curtain airbags

Security

  • 2nd key for remote central locking
  • Alarm with passenger compartment control and tow away protection
  • Back-up horn
  • Lockable comfort tailgate
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control central locking with internal switch
  • Tilt sensor and single door unlocking

Technical

  • 17" chassis with 17" front disc brake and 16" rear disc brake
  • ABS + ESP
  • ASR
  • Brake assist
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Four 12v sockets including 1 in cargo area
  • Heavy duty suspension
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Hill hold assist
  • Traction control
  • Trailer stability assist

Trim

  • Gloss black decorative inserts on dashboard

Wheels

  • 20" Talca black alloy wheels
  • Steel spare wheel

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2
    231
  • HC
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    263
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    285

Engine and Drive Train

  • Automatic Transmission
    Yes
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2967
  • Cooling System
    WATER
  • Cylinder Layout
    V6
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Engine Make
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Fuel Type
    DIESEL
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Manual Transmission
    No
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Valve gear
    DOHC

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC
    Yes
  • EC Combined
    32.1
  • EC Extra Urban
    34.4
  • EC Urban
    28.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    10.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    11.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    9.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    26.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    24.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    29.4

General

  • Alternator Amps
    120
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicles safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    258
  • Based On ID
    43109
  • Battery AH
    92
  • Chassis Engine Number
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Gross Vehicle Weight Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Power Output Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Description Code
    Not Available
  • Coin Wheelbase Name Code
    Not Available
  • Exhaust System
    CATALYTIC CONVERTER
  • Front Brakes
    VENTILATED DISCS
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes
    No
  • Hand Brake
    REAR WHEELS
  • Insurance Group 1
    Not Available
  • Insurance Group 2
    Not Available
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Rear Brakes
    VENTILATED DISCS
  • Running Cost League Headings
    Not Available
  • Special Edition
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Steering
    PAS
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    N1
  • Vin/Frame No.
    Not Available

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.4
  • BHP
    258
  • Engine Power KW
    190
  • Engine Power RPM
    3250
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT
    428
  • Engine Torque MKG
    59.1
  • Engine Torque NM
    580
  • Engine Torque RPM
    1400
  • Top Speed
    129

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    NEDC Correlated

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Automatic Clutch
    Yes
  • Plated 3rd Axle
    Not Available
  • Plated 4th Axle
    Not Available
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Make
    Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front
    255/50 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    255/50 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    FULL SIZE
  • Wheel Style
    TALCA
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Front Overhang
    898
  • Height
    1834
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    5254
  • Load Deck Height
    780
  • Load Height
    Not Available
  • Load Length
    1555
  • Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches
    1222
  • Load Width
    1620
  • Lower Rear Door Width
    Not Available
  • Rear Door Height
    Not Available
  • Rear Overhang
    1259
  • Side Load Door Height
    Not Available
  • Side Load Door Width
    Not Available
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    Not Available
  • Turning Circle - Wall to Wall
    12.95
  • Upper Rear Door Width
    Not Available
  • Wheelbase
    3097
  • Width (excluding mirrors)
    1954
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2228

Weight and Capacities

  • Boot Capacity Saloons
    Not Available
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    80
  • Gross Train Weight
    6000
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3290
  • Load Space Volume
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 2nd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Down
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Removed
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity - 3rd Row Seats Up
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    3100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2220
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Payload
    1070
  • Plated 2nd Axle
    1930
  • Plated Front Axle
    1445
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