AT A GLANCE
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
3 years/unlimited km
$1733 over 3 years (est)
15,000km/12 months 5 stars
3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel, 165kW/550Nm
8-speed auto; AWD 7.9L/100km
5254mm (L), 1954mm (W), 1820mm (H), 3095mm (WB)
2150kg-2320kg Full-size, matching alloy 7.9 secs 3000kg
give it sufficient stopping power. The rest of the ute pack run smaller front discs and rudimentary rear drums.
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.