The Amarok is a vehicle that tries to mix the utilitarian side with the trendy part. Does it succeed? Yes, but up to a point. As a workhorse, this car will serve you well, regardless of the terrain used for carrying your load and as a road car it offers a decent level of assets.
The 1,150 kg (2,535 lbs) payload and the bed, which in our test car’s case was gifted with a superstructure, are ready to swallow anything you throw at them, while the suspension, the optional four-wheel-drive system, the ground clearance and the low gear make sure that you’ll get to almost any destination.
However, the Amarok can’t step outside the class it belongs to in terms of refinement and on road performance. The vehicle tries hard to do this, so it has a place on the podium of the pickup segment.
The same can be said about its interior, which shares many of its elements with VW’s passenger cars. What does this mean: if you’re only used to road car driving, you won’t like the noisy engine and the simple nature of the interior.
VW has sky-high ambitions for the Amarok and this is the main reason for which the car has been gifted with a smart design – it wants to conquer you at first sight.
We must keep in mind that the Amarok has to tackle the difficulties brought by the Babylonian sales plan created by VW – this pickup will be sold all over the world.
The vehicle also tries to impress through a downsized engine, but while the twin-turbo technology can offer good efficiency, it does bring a slight lack of grunt above certain speeds.
The Amarok is at the other end of the pedigree scale compared to the class reference, the Toyota Hilux, but this doesn’t mean that the competition can be relaxed, as the vehicle offers an attractive package.Continue reading