The interior layout, fit and finish
Inside, the Amarok is styled to match Volkswagen's regular car range, albeit with the Amarok trading any flamboyance and panache for robustness and functionality. Pickups tend to lead hard lives, so it's not surprising that the interior is decked out with tough, wipe-clean plastics, yet everything feels really well put together.
It's a bit of a climb up into the driver's seat, but once you're in there's a decent range of seating and steering wheel adjustment to help you get comfortable. You probably won’t stay that way on long journeys, though, because the Amarok’s seats don’t offer much in the way of lower back support unless you spend extra on adjustable lumbar support; a sensibly priced option we’d recommend. Electric seats are standard on top-spec Aventura Black Edition and optional on every other model bar entry-level Trendline. Visibility isn’t bad, but we’d recommend adding parking sensors if you're buying the entry-level trim.
Trendline models do, however, get a 6.3in touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring. It's a better system than you'll find in other pickup trucks and is pretty easy to use while driving. A built-in sat nav does cost extra on the cheaper trims, but we’d suggest using Waze or Google on your phone rather than spending the extra.
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