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VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK Used Car Review

Volkswagen is no stranger to commercial vehicles, yet its Amarok was still a surprise entrant to the ute segment dominated by American and Japanese manufacturers. It made an impact on the safety front, too, when it became the first ute to gain a five-star independent crash rating. The Volkswagen Amarok was also differentiated by a drivetrain that was sophisticated for the segment - a twin-turbocharged diesel mated to an eight-speed auto. A powerful V6 joined the range in 2016.

Pros

Cons

  • Refined turbo diesel, powerful V6
  • Slick eight-speed automatic
  • Capable off-road
  • Excellent ride comfort laden or unladen
  • Lower carrying capacity of models with Comfort Suspension
  • V6 model not cheap
  • Lack of rear curtain airbags in dual-cab variant
  • Rear-seat space less than that of some key rivals
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Top2018 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY18 TDI420 4MOTION Perm Core White 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 183940 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

We offer a 7 day money back guarantee on all our cars and each one has passed a 120 point safety check, comes with a 12 month, 175,000 Km protection plan and 12 month national 24-7 roadside assist. We even offer fixed price servicing in our state-wide network from only $229! We can help with tailored and competitive finance packages, free on-site trade in valuations, top dollar on trade ins, offer a huge range of cars available for immediate delivery and If you can`t come to us

$37,990
Invermay, TAS

Dealer used
25/06/2022

Top2020 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY20 TDI420 4MOTION Perm Core White 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 22249 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

CHECK OUT THIS WONDERFUL AMAROK: - PERFECT TRADIE CAR - DIGITAL SPEEDO - PHONE CONNECTIVITY - APPLE CARPLAY & ANDROID AUTO - SPORTS MODE - REVERSE CAMERA - NAVIGATION - ALLOY RIMS - ONLY 22,XXX KMS Jump the queue and make sure you don’t miss out, YOU CAN BUY THIS NOW-ONLINE! Only $500 deposit (Subject to you being happy with the condition of the vehicle and test drive of course!) COMPREHENSIVE WALK AROUND VIDEO AVAILABLE!! - Call to Request Video Link! With over 1,700 reviews, we cur

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Berwick, VIC

Dealer used
19 hours ago

Top2018 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY18 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Dark Label White 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 79800 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

Best described as a "German ute with attitude" this Amarok variant is based on the flagship Amarok Highline, and as the name suggests, this Dark Label truck is loaded with black trinkets - including 18-inch wheels, matte black mirrors and black side steps and a black sports bar. Under the bonnet is the 165KW and 550Nm version of the astonishing 3.0-litre V6 engine. This V6 TDi packs plenty of low end torque, which means it's incredibly quick and can achieve the 0-100km/h sprint in jus

$57,990
Derwent Park, TAS

Dealer used
25/06/2022

Top2017 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY18 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Highline Beige 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 86440 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

We are Tasmania's largest and most reputable automotive dealer; stocking one of the largest ranges of vehicles throughout Australia. We have a variety of competitive finance and warranty options available and have an after sales team that provides service second-to-none. We welcome trade-ins and guarantee a competitive price for your existing vehicle or vehicles. Take delivery of your used vehicle at any of our locations throughout Tasmania or we can deliver it to your home if it makes things e

$53,990
Launceston, TAS

Dealer used
25/06/2022

Top2017 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY17 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Highline Silver 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 93799 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

2017 Volkswagen Amarok TDI550 **** LOW KLMS **** LEATHER SEATS **** REVERSE CAMERA **** SIDE STEPS **** CRUISE CONTROL **** AUTOMATIC **** USB/AUX **** ALLOY WHEELS **** FULL SERVICE HISTORY **** BLUETOOTH **** WE FREIGHT ANYWHERE AND FAST EASY FINANCE AVAILABLE **** DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY **** 10 YEAR WARRANTY AVAILABLE WITH T&C'S Keep in mind you can reserve this car online. With this option, you can hold this vehicle whilst you finalize things for the next 48 hours with just $200.00. A

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Parramatta Park, QLD

Dealer used
24/06/2022

TopFINANCE FROM $94 PER WEEK* - 2015 VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK TDI420 CAR LOAN

  • 293100 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Get your finance approved today by calling Joe from On Road Finance on . From just $94 per week*, you could be driving this beautiful 2015 VW Volkswagen Amarok TDI420 Highline 4x4 Diesel Auto Dual Cab Ute! *Vehicle cash price is $26880 or available on finance from $94 per week. Finance is calculated over a 7 year loan term at 5.54% interest rate, (5.97% comparison rate). Standard lending terms, fees and conditions apply. Please visit https://onroadfinance.com.au/application-form/

$26,880
Hoxton Park, NSW

Dealer used
25/06/2022

2019 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY20 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Highline Black 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 62610 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

DEALERSHIP SALE EVENT NOW ON!!! ***CONTACTLESS CLICK & COLLECT AVAILABLE*** ***ASK ABOUT OUR FREE WARRANTY*** 2019 VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK HIGHLINE !!!!! PACKED WITH FEATURES !!! - FRONT AND REAR SENSORS - REVERSING CAMERA - TOW BAR - SAT NAV (GPS) - SIDE STEPS - FULL ELECTRICS - REDARC ELECTIRC BRAKES - MULTI FUNCTIONAL STEERING WHEEL - DUAL CLIMATE CONTROL - IMMACULATE INSIDE AND OUT !!!! ***** DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY ***** ****** WE CAN SHOW YOU THIS CAR VIA VIDEO LINK ****** *****

$59,990Drive Away^
Narre Warren, VIC

Dealer used
31 minutes ago

2019 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY19 TDI580 4MOTION Perm Ultimate Red 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 64344 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

It's a 580 Ultimate so has just about everything:-Multi-function steering wheel with phone & audio controls-parking assist graphical display-heated seats-power steering-reverse camera-leather gear knob-passenger airbag-front & rear power windows-front fog lamps-memory card reader-dual zone climate control air conditioning-start/stop engine system when idle-hill holder in addition the following accesories - Colour Coded Bull Bar - Power Winch-UHF- Roof Mount Iron Man tent-Awning - Roll-n-lock Ha

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Springwood, QLD

Dealer used
36 minutes ago

2018 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY18 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Highline White 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 67432 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

JUST ARRIVED IN STOCK Trade ins: We happily trade all makes and models. Please contact our team for an appraisal. Mechanical quality: All of our vehicles have passed a rigourous 100 point safety check and receive our 3 year Mechanical Protection Programme for your peace of mind. Finance: Get pre-approved today with easy weekly repayments, instant approvals & same day delivery. We can have you approved over the phone without you visiting the dealership. About us: We are a large family owned a

$52,888
Ryde, NSW

Dealer used
41 minutes ago

2017 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY17 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Ultimate Silver 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 199911 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

*** EOFY SALE ON NOW *** MUST SELL BEFORE JUNE 30 *** VEHICLE AVALIBLE FOR IMMEDIATE PICK UP *** VIDEO WALKAROUND AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST *** WE ARE THE VEHICLE FINANCE SPECIALISTS *** MULTI FRANCHISE AWARD WINNING PRESTIGE DEALER *** LOCATED ONLY 10 MINS FROM PARRAMATTA *** FAST TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED Reputable family owned business. Onsite car/trade in valuing service at Sydneys best prices. Access to over 400 Quality pre owned vehicles. Finance department with access to over 6 diff

$38,500
Blacktown, NSW

Dealer used
56 minutes ago

2013 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY13 TDI420 4Motion Perm Highline Bronze 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 214471 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This beautifully presented 2013 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY13 TDI420 4Motion Perm Highline Automatic Utility, is outstanding value and offers great comfort and safety. The car looks stunning and comes with great comfort and safety features, such as Great fuel economy, Bluetooth connectivity, Rear parking camera and much more. Only 30 minutes from Sydney CBD in the heart of Sydney's Southwest, 5 minutes off the M7 and M5 motorways and only 10 minutes? walk to the train station. Eas

$27,963
Liverpool, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2018 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY18 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Highline Silver 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 92500 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

We are Tasmania's largest and most reputable automotive dealer; stocking one of the largest ranges of vehicles throughout Australia. We have a variety of competitive finance and warranty options available and have an after sales team that provides service second-to-none. We welcome trade-ins and guarantee a competitive price for your existing vehicle or vehicles. Take delivery of your used vehicle at any of our locations throughout Tasmania or we can deliver it to your home if it makes things e

$53,990
Glebe, TAS

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2017 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY17 TDI420 4x2 White 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 129954 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

*** Out of Lockdown, Escape to Freedom Sale is on NOW. Our prices are REDUCED to help you get around and out of town!!!.... Automatic transmission. Canopy. Towbar. Blue tooth. Parking sensors. Cruise control. Full service history. Three keys Dealer car with warranty. Great work ute. ......... Buy from the team who has a passion for cars and service for over 55 years! 1. Our cars are extensively researched to bring you the best price. 2. Trade-ins welcome. 3. Nation Wi

$29,998.99
Phillip, ACT

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2011 Volkswagen Amarok TDI400 HIGHLINE (4x4)

  • 224248 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Vehicle 2012 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY12.5 TDI400 4Mot Grey 6 Speed Manual Utility Body Colour Grey Doors 4 Seats 5 Cylinders 4 Fuel Type Diesel Capacity 2 Gears 6 Speed Gearbox Manual Transmission Manual Odometer 224,248 kms Drive Type 4WD Rego CC93CH StockNo 1613 VIN WV1ZZZ2HZCA032780 Fuel Consumption (Urban) 9.7L/100km Fuel Consumption (Extra Urban) 7L/100km Fuel Consumption (Combined) 7.9L/100km Towing Weight Braked 3000kg $23990

$23,990
Holtze, NT

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2017 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY16 TDI340 (4x2) White 6 Speed Manual Dual Cab Chassis

  • 78236 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This 2017 Volkswagen Amarok is great value. Only travelled 78,000kms from new with full service history. Comes with heavy duty steel tray, tow bar, alloy wheels plus heaps more. Be quick these dual cab Amarok's are hard to find with such low kms. Can arrange transport anywhere in Australia to your address or local depot. We are located at Focus on Cars 312 The Broadway Ellenbrook near the 7-Eleven fuel station on The Broadway. If you would like to view and purchase this car please gi

$29,999
Ellenbrook, WA

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2021 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY22 TDI580 4MOTION Perm Black Edition Candy White 8 Speed Automatic

  • 16 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS and ready to serve your every motoring need!! Our showrooms and vehicles are cleaned and sanitized daily. Obligation free trade appraisals and finance quotes are available over the phone! We can even bring the vehicle to your home or work for an inspection or send you a comprehensive video of the many features of the car. BUYING A VEHICLE HAS NEVER BEEN SO EASY! ENQUIRE NOW!!

$79,943
Rutherford, NSW

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2019 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY20 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Highline Silver 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 56786 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

German engineered 4WD dual cab with the powerful well proven 3.2 litre turbo diesel engine, eight speed Tiptronic auto, SatNav, diff lock, cruise and traction control, front side airbags, Bluetooth, side steps, alloy wheels, sports bar, tb liner plus reverse camera and sensors. 56,000km full service history and new car warranty until 2024. Superb condition. We are a friendly and efficient company, trading with integrity and determined to give our customers the very best of service. WA's

$55,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

Volkswagen 4wd Amarok

  • 143000 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

Selling 4wd Amarok, TDI 550 3L turbo. Has just been serviced in the last week. Low kilometres and all those kilometres are from highway driving. In very good condition. Open to reasonable offers.

$49,500
Hobart CBD, TAS

11 hours ago

2014 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY14 TDI420 Trendline (4x4) Silver 8 Speed Automatic Dual Cab Utility

  • 201014 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

*3YR UNLIMITED KM WARRANTY & 12 MTHS ROADSIDE ASSIST* LOCATED AT TUGGERAH ON THE CENTRAL COAST; Check out this clean 2014 VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK so nice to drive with it's very smooth 8 speed automatic gearbox and powerful 2.0L TURBO DIESEL MOTOR with 201,000kms!!!!!!!!!! with ice cold air conditioning, power steering, steering wheel control's, power window's front and rear, power mirror's cruise control, mobile phone connectivity, MASSIVE STORAGE, CANOPY, TOW BAR, factory cd player with amazing sou

$28,990
Tuggerah, NSW

Dealer used
12 hours ago

2013 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY13 TSI300 (4x2) White 6 Speed Manual Cab Chassis

  • 132880 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2013 VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK TDI400 4x2 2H UTILITY 2.0L DIESEL TURBO 6 SPEED MANUAL ** Only $16,990 Or Finance From Only $90 P/w ** This Vehicle Is Absolutely Immaculate! This is Sensational Value! ** ** Low Km's only 133 000** **Stand out from the crowd with this extremely popular Volkswagen Amarok Turbo Diesel 4X2 6 Speed Manual. **This vehicle presents and drives Superb. Great Fuel Efficiency and Power Output from this German Engineered Dual Cab built to Impress**Will Not Disappoint** -Du

$16,990
Osborne Park, WA

Dealer used
12 hours ago

2018 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY18 TDI400 Core Plus (4x4) White 6 Speed Manual Dual Cab Utility

  • 108209 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This Beauty looks fantastic! TURBO DIESEL ECONOMY. Whether it's for work or play this 4x4 Ute is good to go. With Tow Bar, Bluetooth with Voice Recognition, Climate Control, 4MOTION (4X4 Dual Range) and LOGBOOK SERVICE HISTORY.

$34,965
Jandakot, WA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2011 Volkswagen Amarok 2H TDI400 (4x4) White 6 Speed Manual Dual Cab Utility

  • 334155 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WHOLESALE OUTLET. 6102. TRADE-INS WELCOME. WARRANTY OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR FINANCE OPTIONS CONTACT BRAD ON OR CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO REGISTER YOUR FINANCE ENQUIRY https://loansunlimited.com.au/dealer/auto-planet/

$11,985
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

2019 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY19 TDI580 4MOTION Perm Ultimate Blue 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 45602 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

Come in and test drive today. Features: 20" Alloy Wheels Sports Bar Camera - Rear Vision GPS (Satellite Navigation) Multi-function Control Screen - Colour Multi-function Steering Wheel Parking Assist - Graphical Display Engine - Stop Start System This family owned dealership is a multi franchise dealership on the Fraser Coast. Having plenty of experience in delivering vehicles to all over QLD, NSW, VIC, NT, WA, and even TAS, you can be confident that distance is no issue for us. Just

$76,990Drive Away^
Pialba, QLD

Dealer used
14 hours ago

2017 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY17.5 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Ultimate Black 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 74406 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

****8 SPEED AUTOMATIC**** ******ULTIMATE***** One owner with full service history. Powerful yet luxurious dual cab. 3.0 L TURBO DIESEL. Enquire within to arrange a test drive. -Bluetooth -Apple CarPlay/Android Auto -Reverse Camera -Dual Zone Air Conditioning -Crusie Control -Nappa Leather Interior -Rain Sensing Wipers -Daytime Running Lights -Sat Nav Our onsite Business Managers can offer you a wide range of vehicle financing options; You'll have the peace of mind of dealing with se

$57,929
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
15 hours ago

2019 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY19 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Core Silver 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 66267 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

Top Features?||-Log Book Service History|-FUEL Wheels |-Apple Carplay/ Android Auto|-Tub Liner |-Balance of New Car Warranty ||Welcome to the home of t he Sunshine Coast's Best Used Cars! We've been helping Sunny Coaster's Drive Away Happy for over 25 years, here's a few reasons why:||- 24 Hour Test D rives: And we can even bring the car to you|- Peace of Mind Motoring: With a complimentary 12 month/20,000km warranty on all used cars|- Top Dollar Tr ade Prices: Because we want your car and we w

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Nambour, QLD

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2018 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY18 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Highline White 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 98741 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

2018 Volkswagen Amarok HIGHLINE - LIMITED EDITION - MY18 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Highline Automatic Utility - V6 - DIESEL - IN STOCK - IMMEDIATE DELIVERY - SOFT COVER - SPORTS BAR - SIDE STEPS ALL INCLUDED - 5 PIECE LINER IN TRAY - LEATHER SEATS - ALCANTARA RIMS - BONNET PROTECTOR CERTIFIED PRE OWNED VOLKSWAGEN - Extensive 114-point inspection Free 1-year Roadside Assist* Minimum 1-year Limited Warranty Just like the experience of buying new, a minimum of 1-year warranty is included on every Vol

$54,350
Myaree, WA

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2016 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY16 TDI400 4MOT Core White 6 Speed Manual Utility

  • 112330 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Vw amarok 4x4 manual dual cab with low kms bull bar, towbar, side steps, brush bars, ready for work or play. WE HAVE DEALERSHIPS IN THE GOLD COAST AND SO WE CAN MEET YOU EITHER SIDE OF THE BORDER SO YOU CAN INSPECT ANY OF OUR VEHICLES. We are a MULTI FRANCHISED dealership that sells the quality pre-loved trade ins from new car purchases as used cars, which means we stock quality motor vehicles and have an extensive inventory that changes daily helping to increase our variety! We can do both

$34,888
Tweed Heads, NSW

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2011 Volkswagen Amarok TDI400 TRENDLINE (4x4)

  • 191361 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

ON SALE NOW!! WAS $23,990 NOW ONLY $22,990 DRIVEAWAY! 2011 Volkswagen Amarok TDI400 TRENDLINE (4x4) TURBO DIESEL - LOW KMS - FULL SERVICE HISTORY BUILT NOV 2011 FIRST COMPLIED NOV 2012 Buy with added confidence knowing that this vehicle has been through a comprehensive quality check- you wont get that from a private sale!!!! This vehicle is in excellent condition throughout. Has been well maintained with full service history and books. Comes with 6 Months Rego, 12 Months Warranty and QLD R

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Millbank, QLD

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2019 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY19 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Sportline White 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 39100 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

PERTH W.A. This VW Amarok V6 turbo diesel Sportline 4Motion dual cab is a one owner with low km's and new car warranty until 2024. Features the 3 litre turbo diesel V6, 8 speed automatic, all wheel drive grip, reversing camera, APP compatible sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, climate controlled air conditioning, cruise control, 19" alloy wheels, sports bar, tow bar, ute liner, slick fit tonneau cover and roof bars. A great car to drive and a very solid build. We are a Multi franchise

$56,965
Attadale, WA

Dealer used
16 hours ago

2017 Volkswagen Amarok 2H MY17 TDI550 4MOTION Perm Highline Silver 8 Speed Automatic Utility

  • 89592 km
  • Ute
  • Auto
  • 6 cyl 3.0L

SIDE STEPS, REVERSE CAMERA, CRUISE CONTROL, FRONT AND REAR SENSORS, TOW BAR, ROOF RACKS, BLUETOOTH, USB, HARD ROLLER COVER, SPORT BARS, PLEASE NOTE: Read all the comments and view all photos prior to texting, calling or sending enquiry. This car is priced to SELL, will come fully prepared & inclusive of . TRANSFER FEES . STAMP DUTY . RWC . FULL SAFETY INSPECTION . FULL DETAIL AND SANITIZED . WARRANTY . REGISTRATION . Drive away no more to pay So contact us if you are ready

$53,990Drive Away^
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
16 hours ago

Overview of the Volkswagen Amarok

Overview of the Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen is no stranger to commercial vehicles, yet its Amarok was still a surprise entrant to the ute segment dominated by American and Japanese manufacturers.

It made an impact on the safety front, too, when it became the first ute to gain a five-star independent crash rating.

The Volkswagen Amarok was also differentiated by a drivetrain that was sophisticated for the segment - a twin-turbocharged diesel mated to an eight-speed auto. A powerful V6 joined the range in 2016.

VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK GENERATIONS

2011 on

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

2.0L 4-cylinder twin-turbo diesel: 7.5 to 8.7 litres per 100km

3.0L V6 turbo diesel: 7.8 to 9.0 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: VOLKSWAGEN AMAROK (2011 ON)

Because the Amarok uses a conventional torque-converter automatic transmission (or a conventional manual) it has dodged the ongoing reliability problems suffered by some of VW's double-clutch transmissions.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel works hard in a big vehicle like this, but generally the Amarok seems to cope pretty well. We'd approach an example with a huge tow-hitch as one to check carefully and make sure there's no damage underneath from having been used off-road (something the vehicle was actually very good at).

The Amarok was, however, caught up in VW's 'Dieselgate' scandal where the company attempted to 'cheat' in official fuel economy and emissions testing.

VW was forced to recall thousands of vehicles that included Australian-delivered Amaroks to install new software to keep the legislators happy.

Some owners are yet to comply so check with a VW dealer for the status of a particular Amarok.