Road test: Volkswagen Amarok
Volkswagen has returned to the pick-up market for the first time since the 1980s. AOL Cars takes it for a spin
What is it
This is Volkswagen's offering in the pick-up market and trades upon the firm's strong brand perceptions among consumers of durability, reliability and competitive pricing.
What's under the bonnet?
There's only one engine available – a 2.0-litre TDI unit available in 120bhp and 161bhp forms. VW is the first in the pick-up market to introduce a 2.0-litre diesel.
What's the kit like?
The Amarok is available in three trims – Startline, Trendline and Highline – with prices starting at £22,543 for Startline 122bhp which features alloys, aircon, and selectable 4WD. Trendline kicks in at £24,943 for the 161bhp version which features 17-inch alloys, cruise control, leather steering wheel and automatic air conditioning. The range tops out at £28,039 for the Highline 161bhp which boasts permanent 4WD, leather, 18-inch alloys, privacy glass, heated front seats and a chrome rear bumper.
Is it any good?
It's refined and feels dependable if a bit too dull. But the Amarok is let down badly by a poor steering feel and engines that feel too underpowered.
Mitsubishi's L200, the Nissan Navara and the Toyota Hilux all spring to mind. But the Volkswagen does manage to feel a step up from the Japanese offerings.
The AOL Cars verdict
This is a quality product from Volkswagen and shakes up a sector dominated by the Japanese. There are a few gripes but otherwise it impresses.
Model: Volkswagen Amarok Trendline 163
Engine: 2.0-litre, diesel
Power: 161bhp, 400Nm
Max speed: 112mph
MPG (comb'd): 35.8