Pick-ups have become increasingly popular in recent years. Although Volkswagen was relatively late to the party, the VW Amarok has quickly become a popular choice. The VW badge obviously helps, but so do the Amarok's reasonable driving dynamics, strong engines and impressive load-lugging credentials.
Unlike some rivals that offer a variety of body styles, the Amarok is only available as a four-door with five seats. There are two engines at the moment: both are 3.0-litre V6 diesels and have an eight-speed automatic gearbox. However, a cheaper 160bhp diesel with a six-speed manual ‘box will be joining the range later in 2017.
On the road, pick-ups can’t match a conventional SUV for driving pleasure or ride comfort. But how does the VW Amarok compare with its rival pick-ups? Read on over the next few pages for our full verdict.