"The Amarok is at home on or off the road, with extraordinary performance, class-leading load carrying ability and refined creature comforts. "
Oriental models have for too long held sway in the UK pick-up truck market, a state of affairs that Volkswagen set out to change when they launched this Amarok model in 2011. Big, economical and very capable, Volkswagen's off-road load-lugger was designed to give the Japanese contingent a few sleepless nights but originally boasted a 2.0-litre diesel line-up in a class where rivals had 2.5 or 3.0-litre units. Hence the development of an all-new six cylinder 3.0-litre TDI unit for this latest version claiming an effective mixture of power and efficiency. The result should be a very complete pick-up indeed. UK customers can choose from selectable (with manual gearbox) and permanent (with auto) 4MOTION four-wheel drive. As before, with a length of 5.25 metres and a width of 2.23 metres, this Amarok is a substantial thing. To reflect the changes made beneath the bonnet, Volkswagen's stylists have tried to give this improved version a more athletic-looking front end. Drop down the sturdy tailgate and the headline news is the 2.52m3 load volume - that's more than double the size of, say, an equivalent Toyota Hilux. And in summary? Well, pick-up users aren't necessarily expecting their vehicles to be advanced, car-like and fuel efficient. But most would be very pleased if they were. These are people who should get themselves behind the wheel of this improved 3.0-litre V6 TDI Amarok. At last, we Europeans have given the Far East something it can learn from.Watch Video »