A new fairly priced pick-up
Posted Thursday, October 24 2013 at 01:00
Having won a number of international awards, the Volkswagen Amarok is right here for pick-up customers and is competitively priced in this “tough” segment. When it comes to brand new vehicles in Uganda, pick-up sales are usually higher. At just $42,500 (Shs107m) on the road for the Trendline and $52,500(Shs131m) for the Highline model, a 2.0 litre diesel engine, it sounds more like a bargain if you ask me. Coupled with this is a three-year warranty or 100,000km whichever comes first. And this comes with the reputable quality that Volkswagen is known for. There are other brands whose price ranges between $48,000 (Shs121m) and $56,000 (Shs141m) yet they are basic type an not high end.
“It is has been touted as the most fuel efficient in this segment,” says Zulfikar Bhanji CFAO Motors Uganda Limited, sales and service manager. Bhanji says there are financing options with all major banks as well. The pickup is available in eight colours and with only the double cabin version at least for the next six months.
Unfortunately, for automatic transmission fans, the Amarok currently comes with a six-speed manual transmission. The automatics will be available next year. Forget the noisy diesel engines of older generations, the Amarok has a smooth and quiet engine as I observed during the test drive. It is really hard to believe you are in a diesel pick-up.
2.0 litre TDI engine
The 2.0 litre TDI diesel engine ensures class leading fuel consumption of just 7.7 litres per 100km, which significantly reduces running costs. “You cannot get this efficiency elsewhere in any other pick-up brand,” says Bhanji. He notes that you may go to Juba on a single tank, thanks to its highly advanced turbo charged direct injection TDI engines that set new standards when it comes to fuel economy and emissions. Amarok’s active and passive safety systems as well as convenience features all match up to passenger car standards. In fact, the interior feels more like a car’s than a utility truck’s interior.
4x2 rear-wheel drive
The Amarok is equipped with rear-wheel drive as standard. During acceleration, the vehicle weight is transferred to the back wheels for optimal road contact. In addition, rear-wheel drive enables steering that is not influenced by the engine torque which results in a smaller steering radius - enhancing drive ability.
Shiftable all-wheel drive
Tough assignments call for smart and efficient power management. With shiftable 4MOTION®, the Amarok is able to distribute the driving force equally across the front and rear axles. All it takes is the push of a button and you will experience reliable traction on almost all road surfaces.
Hill start and hill descent assist
This system, which is only available in conjunction with ESP, prevents the Amarok from rolling backwards on an uphill incline and increases braking pressure on downhill slopes.
The safety package of the Amarok sets new standards in its class. Along with driver and front passenger airbags there are also head/thorax airbags, still rare in this segment. Also included are height-adjustable head restraints and three-point safety belts at all seating positions. Numerous other features guarantee a high level of active safety. These include the Electronic Stabilisation Program (ESP) which is standard in the Highline models. On all versions with trailer preparation, ESP functionality includes a trailer stabilisation system.
The Amarok offers a variety of attractive sound experiences. The radio systems provide entertainment for the entire passenger compartment. To ensure that your journey is not only comfortable but also safe, the multi-function touch screen display supplies you with important vehicle data.
In case you forget what gear you are in, the instruments cluster has a digital reminder that shows you this! You can be advised to maintain that gear or advised on which one to select, it is that intelligent. Bhanji says they have a workshop for servicing but they also source for E-parts from Germany and South Africa.