As is usually the case with Volkswagens, you have to be prepared to pay a bit extra for the badge. For example, even the cheapest version of the Amarok doesn't cost much less than the range-topping versions of many rivals, including the Ranger and Navara.
However, because pick-ups count as light commercial vehicles (LCVs), your monthly tax payments will be exactly the same whichever one you choose, irrespective of list price and CO2 emissions – and significantly cheaper than a mainstream family car.
The Amarok is available only with V6 engines, so it's thirstier than many rivals. However, it can still manage a respectable 34.9mpg in the right trim – an official figure that's actually achievable in reality. It’s also predicted to depreciate more slowly than many of its rivals.
We’d stick with entry-level Trendline trim, which gets you relative luxuries such as climate control, a DAB radio, a leather steering wheel, a leather handbrake lever and some chrome detailing. We'd be tempted to pay a bit extra to add sat-nav, rear parking sensors and adjustable lumbar support, though.