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Car Test The People’s Choice – Volkswagen’s Amorak and Crafter

We recently had the pleasure of testing the VW Amorak pick-up and what an awesome piece of kit this is, a superb commercial vehicle with levels of comfort and technology which many saloon cars might envy. The multiple award-winning Amarok retained its trophy for What Car? Pick-up of the Year for 2020 and a week with ours confirmed to us why. The 3.0 litre V6 TDI engine on the Highline model we tested had more than enough power to tackle the most demanding conditions and was also a breeze to drive around the cosy streets of central London. We found the Amarok tremendously comfortable, thanks largely to the balance created between the running gear and drive calibration – combined with the fabulous 4MOTION all-wheel drive, which packs a punch when you need it most. Its always-on 4x4 drive system delivers great traction and torque and can handle on-road and off-road driving. The Amarok's wide wheelbase and increased ground clearance mean it can handle extreme angles, gradients and slopes and its high ground clearance and body stability make you feel you can traverse any terrain. The ABS and Hill Descent Assist ensure high levels of safety. But we found that the Amarok really comes into its own on the road, significantly increasing traction when cornering. As these VW commercial vehicles have evolved, they have become increasingly pleasing to the eye and the Amarok has chrome side bars and bi- xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, which make it look great. There’s a very spacious cargo area with 508 mm high side panels and the low loading sill height of 780 mm. If necessary, the tailgate with a 200 kg payload can be used as an extension of the load platform. When loaded to capacity, the cargo area offers space for 1.28 m3 of bulk goods on a surface of 2.52 m2, which can get any business on the move. Pick-up a brochure or book a test drive.

We also tested the VW Crafter Trendline. Now a back-to-back winner of Parkers' Best Van of the Year award, the Crafter's blend of utility, versatility and comfort continues to shine through. We feel that the Crafter has a wide range of features to meet the needs of business customers and make the pressurised environment of driving for work safer and more manageable. For example, Front Assist uses a radar to monitor your distance from the traffic in front and alerts you if you are too close, City Emergency Braking reduces the chance of a collision by triggering emergency braking when it detects critical distances. There’s even Trailer Assist, which automatically manoeuvers the vehicle if fitted with a trailer during parallel and reverse parking. And when


reverse gear is engaged, the vehicle automatically assumes control of the steering. All the driver has to do is operate the clutch, accelerator and brake. The Crafter is hugely spacious and features wide sliding doors that open up to 1,311 mm, and a high load compartment height of up to 2,196 mm. It’s designed with space for shelving systems if that’s what you need and is available with an optional universal floor for even more flexibility. And if you need to spend long hours in the Crafter you’ll find it extremely comfortable, due to the ergoComfort and ergoActive suspension seats with 20-way adjustment are designed to deliver optimum comfort through the reduction of road-related jolts. The Crafter has the lowest aerodynamic drag in its class, returns up to 37.02 mpg in the Combined cycle and has a top speed of 88 mph. It’s an all-round excellent large van equipped to deal with the pressures of today’s commercial world. The VW Amorok range starts at £35, 403 and the Crafter Trendline starts at £30, 015. For more information visit or call their customer care team on 0800 783 4909.


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