Cost & verdict

Volkswagen Amarok review

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Cost & 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. That is, of course, assuming you’re buying through a VAT-registered company and using your pick-up primarily for business.

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 acheivable 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 VW Amarok is good to drive for a pick-up, but it’s quite an expensive option

  • Good to drive by pick-up standards
  • Excellent load capacity
  • Strong engines
  • Pricey to buy
  • V6 engines are relatively thirsty
  • Still drives poorly compared with a modern SUV