New Amarok is top of the class in Pick-Up category of Tow Car Awards 2017
Judges examine all elements of vehicle’s performance when towing and solo
Volkswagen Amarok cited as ‘the most capable pick-up we’ve tested’
Awards are joint venture from Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Amarok has picked up the Best Pick-Up award at the Tow Car Awards 2017.
Now in its eleventh year, the Tow Car Awards is a joint venture organised and judged by Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club. All the cars entered go through a rigorous test process, with the judges seeking vehicles which tow brilliantly, have practical features to make a tow car driver’s life easy, and which will be enjoyable to live with every day. The final scoring also reflects a car’s value for money, safety standards and resale values.
Out of all the pick-ups tested, the Volkswagen Amarok 3.0-litre TDI 224 PS Aventura was judged to be the finest. Summing up the evaluation, David Motton, Tow Car Editor of Practical Caravan magazine, said: “Pick-ups haven’t been covered in glory at past Tow Car Awards, but we’re so impressed by the Amarok that we’ve given it a gong.
“The big VW felt secure and reassuring while towing. Its performance on the brakes – a weak point of many pick-ups in the past – also impressed.” It was awarded four out of a possible five stars with the conclusion that the Amarok was “the most capable pick-up we’ve tested at the Tow Car Awards”.
The latest version of the Amarok went on sale in the UK in December 2016. It now has a refreshed external look, a new 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine (making it the only six-cylinder model in the segment), an all-new interior and the latest in in-car infotainment systems and technology. As well as the winning model at the awards, the range-topping 224 PS engine with eight-speed auto gearbox in special edition launch Aventura trim, other versions are available. A 204 PS automatic is also offered, with a manual 204 PS to follow along with a 163 PS manual later in the year. Standard specifications follow the pattern of Volkswagen’s other commercial vehicles, ranging from Startline, through Trendline to Highline.
Commenting on the win, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Carl zu Dohna, said: “I’d like to thank the team behind the Tow Car Awards for this accolade. We know our Amarok customers appreciate its unique ability to combine rugged off-road capability with on-road comfort and high levels of technology. To add a towing award string to its bow gives customers another reason to choose the Amarok.”