Pick-ups like the VW Amarok have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Although Volkswagen was quite late to the party, only introducing the Amarok in 2011, it has become a popular choice. The VW badge helps, but so does its reasonable driving dynamics, comparatively frugal engines and good load capacity.
Unlike some rivals that offer a variety of body styles, the Amarok is only available as a four door with five seats inside. There are two engines for the moment, a 3.0-litre V6 diesel with 200bhp, or 3.0-litre V6 diesel with 220bhp driven through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. There will also be an 160bhp version joining the range as will a six-speed manual ‘box.
On the road, pick-ups generally can’t match a conventional SUV for driving pleasure, or ride comfort. How does this one compare with its rival pick-ups, though? Read on over the next few pages for our full verdict on the Amarok.