Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Truck That Rocks Will Have You on a Roll. ; FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014 M.E.Find Us on Facebook Steve Howarth with the Latest on Four Wheels IN ASSOCIATION WITHMOTORS Steve.howarth@men-News.Co.UK

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Truck That Rocks Will Have You on a Roll. ; FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014 M.E.Find Us on Facebook Steve Howarth with the Latest on Four Wheels IN ASSOCIATION WITHMOTORS Steve.howarth@men-News.Co.UK

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I'VE said it before and I will say it againfi when it comes to serious 4x4s size matters. So this week's test car (or rather truck) must be the king of the double cabs as it is the biggest 4x4 by far at over 17 feet long (the same as my old Rolls Royce) and more than seven feet wide - bigger than a Range Rover.

You also stand tall on the road being at the same eye-line as white van man and small HGV drivers, looking down on all other cars and pickup trucks (except perhaps a Hummer).

The VW Amarok is simply awesome - and we were lucky enough to get the special edition Canyon version which came complete with four big, roof-mounted spotlights and all the other necessary bits to get the full 'Laura Croft Tomb Raider' mud plugger effect.

However, the size thing does not carry on when you lift the bonnet. I never cease to be amazed at how much power modern automotive engineers manage to get out of ever smaller engines.

I was expecting at least a V6 3-litre turbo diesel but no - this vast machine is hauled along at a very reasonable rate of knots (0- 62 in 11 seconds and top speed of 108 mph) by just a 2-litre diesel - although it does have two turbochargers and puts out 180 bhp, which also means a maximum towing capacity of 3,200kg.

As you would expect, hauling along three tons of big boy's Tonka Toy means fuel economy is not spectacular - 31mpg on the urban cycle, 38.2 extra urban and 35.3 combined - but given the size, performance and load and towing capacity of this amazing vehicle that's not too bad.

Building on the success of the multiaward-winning standard model, the limited edition Amarok Canyon adds more style and a host of special design features. But if you want one you will have to be quick as only 350 will be available to UK buyers.

Volkswagen say the Amarok Canyon 'fully showcases advanced technology, engineering and style'. …

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