Volkswagen Amarok review

Category: Pick-up

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen Amarok touchscreen - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok front cornering - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok rear cornering - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok dashboard - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok rear seats - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok touchscreen - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok front studio - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok rear studio - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok infotainment
  • Volkswagen Amarok interior
  • Volkswagen Amarok load bay - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok front cornering - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok rear cornering - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok dashboard - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok rear seats - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok touchscreen - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok front studio - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok rear studio - 69 plate
  • Volkswagen Amarok infotainment
  • Volkswagen Amarok interior
  • Volkswagen Amarok load bay - 69 plate

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 Mitsubishi L200 and Nissan Navara.

However, because pickups count as light commercial vehicles (LCVs), your monthly company car tax payments will be exactly the same whichever one you choose, irrespective of list price and CO2 emissions – and significantly lower than it would be for most mainstream family cars.

Overview

The Volkswagen Amarok is a brilliant pickup that's good to drive and very practical. The V6 diesel engines are also really strong, although many rivals are cheaper to buy and run.

  • Great to drive by pick-up standards
  • Huge loadbay
  • Strong engines
  • Many rivals are cheaper
  • Towing capacity not outstanding
  • Safety could be better