Tackling tricky conditions in the Volkswagen Amarok

The Amarok is a mixture of the very practical and the rather impractical. Over the Christmas break, I came to realise both of these factors quite quickly. Let me explain. Preparing for the annual pilgrimage from Hampshire to my girlfriend's parents in Dorset, we readied presents and luggage for 10-day trip away from home – and immediately hit a snag.

You see, though the Amarok is really rather large, there's no cover over the rear load bay. If you'd like all of your presents and clothes to get wet, you could put them here – but if you don't, you can't. So we ended up packing the rear section of the cab to within an inch of its life and, when we needed to stop en-route, I needed to remain in the car for fear that prying eyes could see straight through to the valuable cargo we had inside. As you see, impractical.