Car review: The VW Amarok – a pick-up for all seasons

by Gazette Reporter
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Words by Declan Glynn

In the new VW Amarok, drivers will experience the pinnacle of exclusive driving comfort on almost any terrain.

It combines high ground clearance with the best body stability, along with the proven 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

This results in traction in virtually every situation, even with high tensile loads and payloads.

The Amarok’s 3.0-litre V6 TDI engines have more than enough power to tackle the most demanding terrain, with 204bhp or 258bhp available, depending on the model chosen.

The new Amarok’s interior boasts plenty of space and numerous storage options, while the new Amarok is the only pick-up in its class to come with an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, 17-inch disc brakes at the front and 16-inch disc brakes in the rear as standard.

Review Vehicle

There are three well equipped trim levels in the new VW Amarok – entry level Comfortline, mid-spec Highline, and range-topping Aventura.

My review vehicle was an Amarok V6 Aventura (258bhp), and it looked amazing in Ravenna Blue Matte body finish.

Producing a whopping 580Nm of torque, the Aventura can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 7.4-seconds, achieve a top speed of 203km/h, and can consume as little as 8.5-litres of diesel for every 100km’s driven on a combined cycle.

The towing capacity of the Aventura I drove is 3,500kg (braked) or 750kg (unbraked), while the generous proportions of the load bay – 1,555mm in length, 1,620mm in width, and 508mm high – allow a wide variety of items to be carried, with a 1,222mm clearance between the wheelarches for added practicality.

The combination of a meaty 3.0-litre V6 engine, a slick eight-speed automatic gearbox with steering-wheel mounted paddles, and 4MOTION all-wheel-drive go-anywhere ability, provides the Amarok Aventura driver with all the tools necessary for safe, practical, versatile, and fun driving ability.


Inclusive of VAT and VRT, the VW Amarok is priced from €46,885, with the Aventura model starting from €61,830.

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