Volkswagen has been constantly updating the Amarok with new powertrains and special editions ever since they started producing it in 2010.
However, the body-on-frame pickup truck remains largely unchanged, and opting for such a vehicle, instead of the more popular SUVs, means having to live with some of the flaws.
Technically, the Volkswagen Amarok is a commercial vehicle, so it’s not as refined as modern SUVs. There’s quite a lot of wind noise coming into the cockpit at highway speeds, and it’s not as agile through corners. Also, things are quite tight at the back for passengers due to the limited legroom and headroom.
But if consumers can live with these issues, then they’ll find that for a pickup truck, the Volkswagen Amarok drives and rides fairly well. The interior feels solidly put together, although there are lots of hard plastics, and they won’t miss out on some of the technologies that we have become accustomed to in the 21st century.
The high driving position is definitely a plus, even if it makes ingress and egress a small challenge. And due to its large size, parking it is not that easy, which is why WhatCar recommends having it with rear parking sensors straight from the factory.
The Volkswagen Amarok’s competition includes the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200, Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan. It also needs to stay competitive against the likes of the more luxurious Mercedes-Benz X-Class, but since it’s already 8 years old, does it make much sense to buy it over some of its newer rivals? Watch the video to find out.