Volkswagen Amarok
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THE Volkswagen Amarok pick-up, one of the most car-like pick-ups on the market for driving, has been face-lifted for 2017 and given a heart transplant – and is now available to order from Volkswagen Van Centres.

The Amarok’s old 2.0-litre TDI has been replaced by a 3.0-litre V6 TDI – the first six-cylinder in the pick-up segment.

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The range-topping version has a clever over-boost function, taking the power from 220bhp to a hot hatch-rivalling 236bhp. This means a top speed of 119mph and 0-60mph acceleration in just 8 seconds.

But unlike a hot hatch or even an estate, it’s got great go-anywhere abilities for those who enjoy physical leisure pursuits – and can save a stack on benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax by comparison. Like the sound of £53 a month?

For the current tax year 2016-17 the benefit in kind on a double cab pick up is £3,170. So if you pay tax at 20% that’s just £634 a year – £53 a month – or £1,268 p.a. for a 40% tax payer. Not bad!

Combining car-like comfort and technology with full off-road capability, 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.

Despite the big change under the bonnet, exterior changes to the outside of this pick-up – winner of our sister site Business Vans ‘Best Pick-Up’ title for the past two years – are limited to the reshaped front bumper and new fog lights, revised alloy wheel designs and the third rear brake light is now LED.

Amarok pick-up
Cabin comfort in new Amarok

Inside, there’s most of the standard features you’d expect in a Volkswagen car, with a new centre console and the latest MIB touch-screen infotainment system. Bluetooth and DAB radio are now part of the standard kit, with options including navigation, Guide & Inform, Car-Net and App-Connect systems.

The latest Amarok isn’t just about all the standard kit, there’s a comprehensive list of safety equipment too, with four airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme and Volkswagen’s award-winning Automatic Post-Collision Braking System all included.

UK trim levels mirror the previous generation and run from the Startline, Trendline, Highline and Aventura special edition – of which just 240 examples will be available.

Additional special kit for the Aventura includes bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, plus 19-inch alloy wheels with 255/55 wide tyres and arch extensions, matt black Durabed coating for the bed and load box.

It also comes with a Discover Media navigation system with mobile online services, ParkPilot automatic parking system with front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera. This model is available in exclusive Ravenna Blue metallic paint finish.

Prices for the Amarok start at £32,493 for the Trendline with 204 PS, up to the limited edition Aventura launch model costing £39,381.

Of more interest to business buyers, are the current Double Cab Tax Rates, which means the benefit in kind tax you pay on this Amarok double cab pick-up is a lot less than if you drove a conventional company car.

Currently, HM Revenue & Customs classifies these pick-ups as vans – as long as they have a payload of one  tonne (1000kg) or more – payload being the vehicle’s gross weight, less its unoccupied kerb weight.]

Amarok pick-up
Work or play – the new Amarok is no lightweight performer

 

 

 

 

 

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