It is, inside and out, a case of function over form. This is after all, a fancy commercial vehicle; the VW’s payload with the heavy duty suspension is a handy 1157kg, dropping to a reasonable 937kg with the comfort package. driver and front passenger airbags, head and thorax airbags. protection of the ABS, stability and traction controls and the proactive 4Motion system on 4WD models. the VW Amarok is its solid and sure stance— on and off the road. It is a spacious and comfortable annoying vibration somewhere in the dashboard). The steering is quick and direct, the ute easy to place and the brakes excellent. The engine is tractable, overdrives, it is often necessary to come back to fourth for maximum effect for hills or overtaking. Through all this, over good road and bad, the Amarok rides and tracks with surprising surefootedness for a close to impervious. Broken bitumen and rutted tracks can get the back to move off line, but this is easily corrected by the stability program, electronic diff lock and traction control. Off the bitumen, the clever 4Motion system and all its programs, good approach, departure angles, gearing and underbody protection sees the Amarok romp through tough tracks. It was surprisingly competent in biased rubber full, the VW kept on moving... traction rarely an issue. The electronics work unobtrusively, making ordinary drivers look like experts and the VW Amarok a star. It may never knock off the sales stars, but the VW Amarok looks like a leader.