Road test: Volkswagen Amarok

Leon Poultney

The recent spell of stormy weather will likely have had many a motorist considering trading in the reliable hatchback for something with a raised ride height and some rugged off-road addenda.

The fact of the matter is that many of these so-called 'soft-roaders' or SUVs fare no better on flooded roads or icy tracks than their city-car brethren. Step forward the Amarok – a most manly of manly motors that is chiefly designed to transport building and farm materials around muddy tracks but, as we found out, could happily serve as an everyday run-around. Especially when the rivers burst their banks...