Volkswagen Amarok review

Category: Pick-up

Section: Performance & drive

Volkswagen Amarok rear cornering - 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

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The Amarok is designed to carry huge payloads (more than a tonne) over rough and muddy terrain, and it fulfils that brief very well indeed. But you might be more surprised to hear that, while it doesn't match the driving manners of most conventional SUVs, it's deeply impressive on the road compared to its pickup rivals.

Naturally, its sheer size and weight means there’s body roll even in gentle corners, but less than you get in almost all of its competitors. The steering is also relatively accurate and nicely weighted; the only truck that’s better in the bends is the Ford Ranger. Admittedly, other vehicles in this class have set the bar quite low for comfort, but the Amarok deals with bumps better than any other pickup, and is especially smooth at higher speeds.