That’s right!!! The Amarok comes into the fray exuding sophistication in both style and performance; it’s inevitably a stunner on the Ugandan utility vehicle market.
The Amarok also subtly blurs the lines between a builder's wagon and family car, with off-road ability, a big load bed and a spacious, comfy five-seater interior suiting it for both city and upcountry excursions.
Pick-up trucks have been relatively common on Ugandan roads for a while, though majorly reserved for owners who needed them for work duties rather than as an everyday car. But models such as the Mitsubishi L200, Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara have changed that, and the Volkswagen Amarok is the German company's answer to the Japanese favourites.
The load bed is huge and is the main reason why the Amarok appeals to everyone from builders to sporty types and families, offering a maximum payload of 872kg.
This ride impresses both on and off the road with its fit and finish, noticeable smooth power delivery and torque resulting in effortless performance from the twin-turbo diesel.
It’s very quick off the mark for its size, has excellent mid-range acceleration, thus good overtaking ability and feels relaxed at highway speeds, but we can also confirm the Amarok is confident off road, with the provision of hill descent control for steeper sections. Turning traction off and locking the differential also provides plenty of traction with good grip from the tyres. Besides, all models of the Amarok from the basic Startline through to the Trendline and the top-of-the-range Highline come with grippy four-wheel-drive, so the Volkswagen is a competent off-roader.
Fuel consumption is rated at 8.3L/100km but we were getting 8.9L/100km after several hundred kilometers in the city, which is still outstanding for a ‘big guy’ powering on twin turbo. It gets better on highways with consumption dropping to an astonishing 7.0L/100Km. Such fuel efficiency guarantees a comfortable journey from Kampala to Mombasa on a single tank. PICTURE THAT!!!
We are really hard pressed to choose between the Amarok and Ford’s excellent Ranger. Purely in terms of performance, the ride and handling, we put the Amarok ahead by a nose but be sure to find both jostling through the competitive Ugandan market.
Displacement (cc) 1968
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) 80
Cruise control Yes
Airbags Driver and passenger air bags
Locking Differential Yes