Volkswagen Amarok review

Category: Pick-up

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

What Car? says...

Pickup trucks have become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks in part to some tempting tax advantages for business users. And the Volkswagen Amarok is one of the very best – in fact it's so good we voted it our 2020 Pickup of the Year. 

While some rivals are available in a variety of bodystyles, all versions of the Amarok have four doors and five seats. All models also have an eight-speed automatic gearbox and permanent four-wheel drive, although, if you do decide to buy one, you will have at least two decisions to make.

The first is which of the two 3.0-litre V6 diesel engines you'd like under the bonnet – one with 201bhp or one with a mighty 254bhp. And the second is which of four trim levels best suits your budget and desire for luxuries.

On the road, no pickup truck can match the best conventional SUVs for driving enjoyment or ride comfort. But how does the Amarok compare with rival pickups, such as the Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi L200?

Read on over the next few pages for our full verdict. And while we might not be able to save you any cash on a commercial vehicle at present, you'll find some fantastic deals on regular SUVs over at our New Car Buying pages.

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