Bakkies are a staple of the South African vehicle market, with many of the double-cab offerings being used as leisure vehicles by their respective buyers, so their relevance is well documented. The Toyota Hilux remains the king of the sales charts while the Ford Ranger has proven its mettle by trouncing the former on a few occasions. Then there is the Volkswagen Amarok, the only German offering in the segment (until the Mercedes-Benz X-Class arrives in the next few months), which manages to offer something slightly different. For starters, it has the most powerful turbodiesel engine in the market in the form of the 3.0l V6 TDI variant, which makes 165kW (180kW on overboost) and 550Nm through an eight-speed automatic gearbox and 4Motion four-wheel drive system. It is a similar unit to the one we previously experienced in the Touareg, among others, and offers the smooth, effortless disposition that was so lacking in the 2.0l TDI models. The eight-speed gearbox makes for convenient dri...

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