Volkswagen Amarok review

Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

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.

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The Volkswagen Amarok is a brilliant pick-up that is great to drive and practical, with a well-build and comfortable interior

  • Good to drive by pick-up standards
  • Excellent loadbay
  • Strong engines
  • Pricey to buy privately
  • V6 engines are relatively thirsty
  • Rear seat space slightly cramped