AT A GLANCE

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - FIRST DRIVE - The first demon­stra­tor has ar­rived at Westco Volkswagen in Cairns and is avail­able for test drives.

ON THE ROAD

You can in­stantly feel the ex­tra space inside the Amarok cabin; it’s much wider than the HiLux, Ranger et al.

The plas­tics used on the dash­board and doors are hard to the touch but the Amarok still has the best pre­sented and most prac­ti­cal cabin in the ute busi­ness.

The cen­tre con­sole is nar­row but the door pock­ets and glove­box are huge, there are three 12V sock­ets in the front of the cabin, a new one in the rear, and one in the ute tub (as be­fore and as with Ranger). There is only one USB port but it is of the fast-charg­ing va­ri­ety.

We sam­pled the High­line on 18-inch wheels and tyres and the Ul­ti­mate on 19s (20s are op­tional) and were im­pressed by the Amarok’s composure.

The Amarok ex­cels, how­ever, with steer­ing pre­ci­sion and grip, aided in no small part by the road-bi­ased Con­ti­nen­tal tyres (ri­vals run all-ter­rain rub­ber more suited to gravel than tar­mac).

One point for im­prove­ment: the steer­ing is a touch too light at sub­ur­ban speeds and, oddly, a touch too heavy at car park speeds.

Most im­pres­sive, though, is the grunt. Matched to an eight­speed auto, the TDV6 has brisk ac­cel­er­a­tion and ac­ces­si­ble over­tak­ing power through­out the rev range once on the move. With that in mind, VW has seen fit to equip the Amarok with large four-wheel-disc brakes to

VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK 3.0 TDI PRICE

From $59,990 plus on-roads

WAR­RANTY

3 years/un­lim­ited km

CAPPED SER­VIC­ING

$1733 over 3 years (est)

SER­VICE IN­TER­VAL

15,000km/12 months 5 stars

SAFETY EN­GINE

3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel, 165kW/550Nm

TRANS­MIS­SION

8-speed auto; AWD 7.9L/100km

THIRST DI­MEN­SIONS

5254mm (L), 1954mm (W), 1820mm (H), 3095mm (WB)

WEIGHT

2150kg-2320kg Full-size, match­ing al­loy 7.9 secs 3000kg

SPARE

0-100KM/H TOW­ING

give it suf­fi­cient stop­ping power. The rest of the ute pack run smaller front discs and rudi­men­tary rear drums.

VER­DICT

The Amarok TDV6 is not cheap — and is miss­ing rear airbags and some mod-cons — but tradies crav­ing power will be queu­ing to buy one.

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