Sport mode in the gear­box also makes a big dif­fer­ence to re­sponse while tow­ing, and also shift speed and ea­ger­ness through the gears.

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But there’s a sur­prise end­ing: as im­pres­sive as the Amarok V6 was through­out the test, upon re­turn­ing the boat to Fish­ing News, we dis­cover the weight of the Ex­treme boat and trailer is ac­tu­ally three-tonne! Which un­der­lines just how good the VW V6 re­ally is: it of­fers im­proved per­for­mance, fuel econ­omy, and re­duced vari­a­tion be­tween laden/un­laden, when com­pared to its four/five-cylin­der ri­vals that were tow­ing only two-tonne.

So whether it’s fish­ing boats, horse floats, car­a­vans or even work gear, is there a bet­ter boat-tow­ing dou­ble-cab ute than the 165kw/550nm V6 Amarok? Well, yes: the 190kw/580nm V6 Amarok. But that’s a test for an­other time.

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