Review - Volkswagen Amarok

March 28, 2021

image for Review - Volkswagen Amarok The 4x4 pickup is the ultimate Swiss Army knife on wheels and the Volkswagen Amarok is one of the fanciest, most luxurious by far. With the Amarok being such a versatile, civilised and fun to drive car as well, why should tradies have all the fun?

Honest Worker in an Armani Suit

The Amarok is a handsome devil. The squared-off styling is tough like a bulldog –by that we mean the prize-winning thoroughbred at a dog show.

That squareness equates to the roomiest cabin in the class, with awesome space for five occupants. There truly is space to raise a family in here, with ISOFIX child restraints and a 5 star ANCAP rating. The Amarok is the only car in its class with four-wheel disc brakes, so it can better deal with emergencies.

Sitting up front, you could easily forget you're in a ute. The height-and-reach adjustable steering wheel, materials and touch screen all feel like a luxury car. Even things like the one-touch power windows separate it from the rest. The touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connects to a high quality audio and navigation system.

The high-up driving position provides an excellent view, with reversing camera and easy steering making parking a piece of cake, despite the 5.2m length. Likewise, highway cruising is a breeze with excellent high speed stability- remember this is a German design, so it is built for 200km/h autobahn cruising.

 

Climb every mountain, tow every boat

Choose between a trusty and economical 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel or a smooth and grunty diesel V6, with the most power and torque in the class. No other ute provides you with the option of a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto, giving a silky and unmatched performance.

Want to go play in the rough stuff? Amarok's switchable four-wheel drive system and locking differentials are rated for serious off-roading. You got to be heavy duty if you want to play against the Hilux’s and stand the test of time so the Volkswagen is built like a bank vault.

You can fit unimaginably wide objects in the rear, since Amarok is the only ute that can accommodate a full-size pallet in its tray. Combine that with a 3.0-tonne tow rating and it's hard to think of something the Amarok can't do.

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Our verdict

Put simply, no other pick-up can double as a family luxury vehicle like the Volkswagen Amarok can.  It has a level of polish and sophistication that puts it far beyond the reach of its peers. Think of it as three cars in one- a handy ute, a capable off-road adventurer and a refined family luxury express.

 

5 specs you need to know

  1. Engine: 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder or 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6
  2. Transmission and drive: Six-speed manual or Eight-speed automatic
  3. ANCAP rating: 5 stars
  4. Official fuel economy: 8.0L/100km (2.0-litre) or 7.8L/100km ( V6)
  5. Time from 0-100km/h as tested:  11.31 seconds (2.0-litre, tested), 7.9-seconds (V6, claimed)

 

Pros

  • Sophisticated luxury car cabin
  • Biggest tray in its class
  • Excellent driving manners, fun to drive

 

Cons

  • 3.0- tonne towing capacity is 500kg below best in class
  • Manual transmission version has slightly less torque
  • Not the cheapest ute on the market

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