As we know, ESP is standard across the range. It incorporates a standard Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) as well as an off-road ABS mode, which can be activated with a button next to the gear lever.
On the inside, the dashboard and instrument panel is excellent, with the dials and multifunction display - which includes a gear shift indicator which is extremely easy to read. A three-spoke steering wheel features multifunction controls. The heating and ventilation controls are simple and easy to use. All four windows are powered; the rear windows can be disabled by the driver. Alongside the normal 12v cigarette lighter, a secondary 12v socket is provided on the centre console, ideal for phone or GPS power supplies.
Two features of the Volkswagen Amarok that should be explained are Hill Hold Assist and Hill Descent Control. Firstly, Hill Hold Assist will, as the name suggests, prevent the vehicle from rolling on a hill through the use of a slippage sensor which is integrated into the ESP control device. This sensor recognises that the Amarok has stopped, and maintains braking pressure after the brake pedal has been released. This has great benefit both on- and offroad, for hill starts and for safety.
Hill Descent Assist works automatically at speeds below 18mph, and takes a bit more getting used to than Hill Hold Assist. It goes against your nature as a driver, as it requires no input which can feel a little odd at first. When approaching a slope (still in gear), the Amarok will automatically descend the hill at a safe speed and will also control the brake, preventing accidental acceleration during extreme descents. Once you get over the initial fact that you will do nothing other than leave the vehicle to descend the hill, you realise just how beneficial it is and how much safer it is.
The latest generation of the Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) comes as standard on the Volkswagen Amarok. This technology currently monitors for understeer, oversteer and vehicle slide; if any issues are detected the system can react in under a second by applying brakes to any or all of the four wheels and adjusts the engine's power. The system can then prevent or correct a skid before the driver is aware of what's happened, and it can be of particular benefit during wet and icy conditions.
Also included is an electronic differential lock (EDL) that will automatically direct power to the wheels with the best traction.
Safety and Security
As we know, ESP is standard across the range. It incorporates a standard Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) as well as an off-road ABS mode, which can be activated with a button next to the gear lever. When active, (at speeds of up to 62.5mph) the mode shortens stopping distances on loose surfaces such as snow and gravel. It works by actually increasing the time between the ABS applying the brakes. This allows a pile of loose material to gather in front of the wheels, the net effect of which is greater resistance against the wheel and therefore more grip and shorter stopping distance.
Other standard safety features include Brake Assist System (BAS), Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Hill Hold Assist, Hill Decent Control and Trailer Stability Control. At speeds of 37mph and over and in the event of heavy braking, the brake lights flash rapidly indicating to drivers behind of the event, the hazard warning lights are then automatically activated.
Volkswagen Amarok Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Volkswagen Amarok Trendline 2.0-litre BiTDI 4MOTION Selectable|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||40.4 mpg|
|Insurance Group||8 E|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBC|
|Warranty||3 years / 100,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 13/06/11)||£23,743|