We are talking about a workhorse, so we have to split this chapter in “open road” and “open off road”. As expected,the Amarok prefers the latter, but needs some optional equipment to be fully prepared for tackling it.
On the road, the Amarok offers a predictable handling so, even though you’re riding on a ladder chassis, you’ll be able to keep the car on track, assisted, of course by the ESP.
The steering is one of the weak points of the car, as this doesn’t offer a proper level of feedback, also being too light. Inside the city, it will help you park and, thanks to the urban speeds, you won’t feel this, but when you take the car out on the open road, this will bother you.
The straight line performance is, like we said, at the limit of decency. The acceleration allows you to overtake without excessive care, but it’s best to plan ahead. As for the brakes, these handle the 4,300 lbs (2 tons) of the car. You won’t get impressive result, but the job will be done. As for the highway thirst, this sits around 8.6 liters per 100 km (27 mpg)
The Amarok we tested was fitted with the 4MOTION part-time four-wheel-drive system, which, assisted by the ground clearance and the low gear, got us through many difficult off-road situations.
However, if you want to tackle really rough terrain, you’ll have to order the optional locking center and rear differentials, as well as the (also optional) underbody protection. If the presence of the locking diffs on the list of standard features can be debated, the fact that the vehicle’s belly has no armor is just beyond understanding.
Fortunately, the Amarok also comes with a special off road mode for the ABS and ESP, which really makes a difference when things start to heat up.Continue reading
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You guys must have a problem with the size of your.. biceps, right? Why else would you a 200-inch long car in front of me? This is like asking a beautiful lady who’s wearing high heels and has recently received a piercing to... drive a pick-up. Anyway, maybe I’ll agree to get inside the car with you. I have to admit that there’s something about this vehicle that I like - its face. It really doesn’t look like is a work tool at all, so we might have a deal.
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