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    This Amarok, with a single cab further down the track, is a major weapon in VW Commerical's cache for market growth around the world. Photo Gallery

Bruce McMahon road tests and reviews the Volkswagen Amarok Ute.

For a first-time player in the lucrative dual cab ute market this Volkswagen Amarok is very able.  Sure an automatic transmission isn't here yet, sure the style is trad-boxy but the ute's refinement, capability and pricing will give Japanese rivals a few headaches.

Other manufacturers may have prior experience in this paddock but perhaps that's led to some complacency, notes VW Commerical's international sales director Dr Jens Effenberger at the Australian launch.

With VW taking a long look at the competition, previous experience with four-wheel drive systems (and Dakar history) plus some German engineering tweaks, the Amarok lifts the bars in a number of areas.  Chief among these are the machine's on-road comfort and off-road ability, all wrapped up in a five-star NCAP rated package that's bigger than most.

This Amarok, with a single cab further down the track, is a major weapon in VW Commerical's cache for market growth around the world. And with Australia proclaimed the fourth most important market for the ute, the South American-built VW is not here for decoration (although the local division is not talking sales numbers just yet).

This first mob of dual cab Amaroks starts with a base two-wheel drive from $33,990. There are four trim levels for the four-wheel drives, starting at $43,990 and running through to $58,490 for the leather-clad Ultimate (which has the option of selectable or permanent four-wheel drive).

There's the choice of two suspension packages - comfort and heavy duty - for the rear leaf springs. All utes run the twin-turbocharged 2 litre diesel with 120kW and 400Nm and a six-speed manual gearbox.  And all are pretty impressive.

VALUE

Price-checked against the market leader, Toyota's HiLux, the Amarok deserves decent consideration. A two-wheel drive, dual cab diesel HiLux has a list price of $32,590, $1400 under the Amarok. But a four-wheel drive SR5 Toyota sits at $53,690 compared with the equivalent Amarok at $52,990 and Nissan's ST-X at $50,990 list.

Equipment levels are similar, the Volkswagen offers more space plus that five-star NCAP rating. Competitors such as the HiLux offer proven resale value and wider dealer networks.

TECHNOLOGY

The four-door Amarok arrives with German attention to detail and engineering, clever touches such as the ladder frame chassis which bows out under the cabin for extra room (and safety) plus the rear leaf springs sitting alongside chassis rails rather than under.

All three drivelines have electronic rear differential lock available, ABS and stability control with the sophisticated twin-turbo diesel up front. The 4Motion system offers clever driving aids, on and off the road. An Off Road mode helps the ABS stop sooner on loose surfaces and activates Hill Descent Control; even if the ute's in neutral a driver can change the vehicle's speed by using the brake and accelerator.

Other touches include a light for the cargo area, fold-up rear seats, three 12 volt outlets up front and the radio antenna integrated in the door mirrors. 

DESIGN

It is what it says it is: a practical load-carrying commercial machine with a bent for carrying people in considerable comfort for work or fun. It is not quite a blunt instrument, the nose and sculpted bonnet have a fair amount of class but, claimed to offer the biggest cargo tub in its class, the Amarok's rear can't escape slab sides and tailgate.

Mudguard flares are standard on the top two versions and also offered in combination with the optional 17, 18 or 19-inch wheels. (The base ute runs 16-inch steels).  Likewise the cabin is practical rather than pretty with good ergonomics; the dashboard clean and instruments legible. The centre console storage is on the smaller side but the door pockets are big.

It is, inside and out, a case of function over form with a rugged-looking body sitting on, and over, clever engineering. This is after all, a fancy commercial vehicle; the VW's payload with the heavy duty suspension is a handy 1157kg, dropping to a reasonable 937kg with the comfort package.

SAFETY

A five-star NCAP rating for a uteis a fair coup.Passive gear includes driver and front passenger airbags, head and thorax airbags. There are three-point seat belts for all five seats plus the extra protection of the bowed-out chassis rails under the cabin, good visibility and driving position.  This comes on top of the ABS, stability and traction controls and the proactive 4Motion system on four-wheel drive models.

DRIVING

The first, and lasting, impression of the VW Amarok is its solid and sure stance _ on and off the road. It is a spacious and comfortable cab with European refinement others may find hard to match (even while one example had an off-on annoying vibration somewhere in the dashboard).

Certainly the steering is quick and direct, the ute easy to place and the brakes excellent. The engine is tractable, although with fifth and sixth both overdrives often necessary to come back to fourth for maximum effect on climbing roads or when overtaking.

Through all this, over good road and bad, the Amarok rides and tracks with surprising surefootedness for a 5.3 metre long, two-tonne machine. It is close to imperious. Broken bitumen and rutted tracks can get the back to move off line, but this is easily corrected, with little intrusion, by the stability program, electronic diff lock and traction control.

Off road the Amarok continues to impress. Indeed it is here that it should well shade the opposition (though a definitive answer would be found in some back-to-back tests and the utes at launch weren't carry a load.)

But the clever 4Motion system and all its programs, good approach, departure angles, gearing and underbody protection sees the Amarok romp through tough track. It was surprisingly competent in greasy, clay-clogging conditions; even with the treads of its road-biased rubber totally full the VW just kept on moving, traction was rarely an issue.

Here the electronics work unobtrusively, making ordinary off-roaders look like experts and the VW Amarok a star.
     
VERDICT

Amarok means wolf in the language of North America's Inuit Indians; this one could become chief of the tribe of dual cabs.  Maybe it will never knock off the established rivals in the sales department, maybe the lack of an automatic transmission will limit its initial impact and maybe the dealer network isn't as widespread as some but, and even before the new Mazdas and Fords arrive, the VW Amarok looks like a leader.

VOLKWAGEN AMAROK DUAL CAB

Prices: Amarok two-wheel drive $33,990, Amarok four-wheel drive $43,990, Trendline four-wheel drive $47,990, Highline four-wheel drive $52,990, Ultimate four-wheel drive $58,490
Engine: Two litre, twin-turbocharged diesel
Power: 120kw @ 4000rpm
Torque: 400Nm @1500-2500rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Drivelines: Two-wheel drive, selectable 4Motion, permanent 4Motion (option on Ultimate)
Length/width/height: 5181mm-5254mm/1944mm/1834mm Ground clearance: 230mm (192mm with 4Motion underbody protection Tare weight: 2000kg to 2110kg
Towing: 2800kg
Wading depth: 500mm

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  • A recent survey (2012) has found that German cars including VOLKSWAGEN,AUDI….........,are among the WORST when it comes to engine failure.VW recalled a record number of vehicles in china to replace defective gearboxes(Abnormal vibrations,Loss of power,Sudden acceleration)(2013) And thare is consumer reports but ı am not going write tham .

    Ertogrul Kolac Posted on 25 March 2013 6:38pm
  • AND a further update on the T5 we have it is still sitting at the dealer they have replaced the radiator and it is still in limp mode and they dont even know what is wrong with it YES it has been sitting there for 3 WEEKS since they replaced the radiator and it is BUGGERED they have given up on it sorry to say no VWs Skodas Audis or anything to do with VAG

    herb Posted on 24 May 2012 3:06pm
  • Well Gerk we own a Volkswagen and we are very dissapointed (sic.) T5 Transporter - Wastegate crapped itself, waited for weeks to have it replaced, then intercooler hose clips were damaged and needed replacing, waited 5 weeks for them to arrive. When they finally fitted them, the thing went into permanent limp mode and the VW dealer doesn’t know what is wrong with it. Then they found the radiator is faling to bits making it overheat, even though it’s in limp mode. We are still waiting for a replacement radiator - at $700(!). As well as that, all 4 shockers have been replaced twice, interior totally falling to bits, seat trim has literally fell off, rear bumper falling off, plus many other things. We now wish we got a Hyundai for our work van. The worst thing is that it’s been nearly 3 months off the road now, meaning our sub-contractors are having to use their own vehicles, and they charge us for their travel. As soon as it’s fixed, it’s going….. and we will not be looking at another VW ever. Period.

    herb Posted on 30 April 2012 5:30pm
  • Trevor has hit the spot!!! Toyota and Japanese cars are not as reliable as what some make out. Toyota is actually rapidly loosing it’s reliablity, and with cars that are boring and out of date. I know a mechanic at my local Toyota dealer who has just left because people are bringing their cars in with majot problems and are upset because they thought that Toyota’s were reliable. Go VW overall nothing beats them.

    Fred Gerk Posted on 03 January 2012 9:03pm
  • FrugalOne, you and a lot of others here speak when you do not know a thing about Volkswagens, and it appears that the hype that Toyota vehicles are ultra reliable is being believed. Ask a mechanic (who doesn’t work for Toyota) and you will get the truth. Toyotas are really not as reliable as the hype makes out. I have owned small diesel engined vehicles with large outputs and can say that they are reliable and economical to boot. Stop showing uninformed bias and look at the facts, not the urban legend stuff getting around

    Trevor of Barossa Valley Posted on 26 December 2011 10:36pm
  • I’m sorry to dissapoint you wollow but I do not work at a VW dealership. I am just an experienced car owner and I tell you with confidence that if you buy a Volkwagen you will NEVER be dissapointed.

    Fred Gerk of Toorak Posted on 23 December 2011 2:43pm
  • Fred Jerk is having a happy time working at the VW dealership in (location withheld).

    wollow Posted on 20 December 2011 9:58am
  • To Steve from Brisbane … I’d say that if what you say is true you have had a very bad run, that happens in life. I’m a passionate VW supporter, why, because they outclass the Japanese without being to expensive. I’d have to admit VW servicing is a rip-off. All you need to do is take it to a local mechanic who knows what he is doing. The Amarok is the most refined, good looking ute out there!

    Fred Gerk Posted on 03 December 2011 12:04pm
  • As an ex-owner of a Golf and good friend of a Passat owner, (which was at the wreckers at 150k - not worth repair) I can say with authority that VW’s are great to drive and appear well built, in terms of interior quality, panel gaps etc. Sadly they are built from only average, in some cases poor quality parts and the back up service and warranty repairs from VW, in my case Austral, was incompetent in every case. As much as I like the look of the current Golf and in some ways the Amarok, I will never again purchase one.

    Steve from Brisbane Posted on 14 November 2011 9:12pm
  • What a shame that the Hilux has been beaten. Volkswagen is expected to take over number one by the end of the year! The Amarok is the best Ute i have ever driven. It can tow 2.8 T compared to Hilux’s 2.5 it’s got a better motor than Hilux’s useless 2.5 L. Who said the Hilux was reliable? I know 3 people who have had to have there engines replaced under 100,000 km’s. The Amarok has proved to be reliable in Dakar. I’m sorry but the Hilux has been left in the dust. Volkswagen has a 3-year Unlimited Km warranty, better than Toyota’s.

    Fred Gerk Posted on 05 November 2011 10:25am
  • One more thing on the new Amarok automatic, it will be an 8-speed ZF torque converter - that’s good for off-road. And by the way, I have a Golf turbo -diesel with 320,000 km on the clock with nothing blown up yet. Running the engine with Liqui Moly oil - if that does not convince you, look what ex-touring car driver John Bowe uses. And to Ron from WA - if you really wanna have the ultimate 4WD then you have to step up to the Mercedes-Unimog.

    Rhino of Mudgeeraba Posted on 26 October 2011 10:42am
  • Guys hold your horses. An Amarok auto is coming with torque converter 132KW and 420NM towing 3.2 tonnes 7.6/100 and if you really wanna see a good looking ute, try the website of Michaelis Tuning, then you will see your winch and the right wheels!

    Rhino of Mudgeeraba Posted on 26 October 2011 1:38am
  • I have looked closely at the Amarok, it has a mass of room inside, far superior to the Japanese offerings. Clean lines and it looks good. However, I do have a nagging problem with its 2-litre bi-turbo! Too many comments about “over-pressured, dinky, under-sized, overly hi-tech” and expensive to service. A laid back 3-litre TDI with a six speed auto would generate more long term confidence in “perceived” reliability. Nissan’s hi-tech 3L ZD30 is one “hi-tech” example of how things can go belly-up real quick, resulting in lost sales and lower trade-in values.

    Matthew Easton of Melbourne Posted on 11 October 2011 11:12pm
  • Funny that all the people above who are ‘bagging’ this fantastic new ute are generally the people who cannot afford it? We now have five Amaroks at the mine and ended up buying from a VW dealer in Moorabbin Victoria. The best thing we ever did, our division has 43 Hilux (lo-lux) coming out of lease in the next two years and that young Irishman in Moorabbin will get every sale, if you ever read this Paul ... good on you mate for the best customer service and pricing ever! Johnny, Rio Tinto

    JOHNNY of Queensland Posted on 27 August 2011 10:32pm
  • Well me, the humble tradesman who tows 1.5 tonnes work days and 2.5 tonnes of horse float on weekends am picking up my Amarok tomorrow. Have had a lender for a week, and wasn’t even in the market for a car. I have had Japanese, US and Aussie and all have had their own issues. But I will be able to give you a proper opinion.

    Money where your mouth is of Albury Posted on 23 August 2011 10:47pm
  • I have heard a company not naming names, they have blown up 5 engines by over heating when they put there bull bars on is this true? or is old mate at the motor show talking sh*t.

    Henry of Albury Posted on 16 July 2011 10:14pm
  • i have heard there are problems with the fuel system. is this true or just competitor rumours?

    Tye of South Africa Posted on 06 May 2011 7:50pm
  • Give it a chance, it’s vw’s first ute, most company’s have been making utes for 20+ years.

    Danial of Emu Heights Posted on 05 May 2011 6:57pm
  • Jude, by my experience with 4wds the VW 4wd is a bucket of crap. Sorry guys but it is.

    zav collatf of qld brisbane Posted on 04 May 2011 10:36pm
  • VW make some great commercial vehicles. I drive a VW Caddy for work. It may only be a 1.9 TDI but has heaps of torque to get around in city traffic and handles well, plus it uses bugger all fuel. My boss was considering the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Holden Combo as alternatives. He is glad he spent the extra money buying the Caddy. So am I smile I will be curious to see what the Amarok is like and would consider any VW as my next car.

    Justin of Sydney Posted on 16 April 2011 12:13am
  • Have driven this today, and have to say you can tell who has not seen or driven it…

    It is a serious contender and really creams the others.
    A game changer.

    Geoff of Melbourne Posted on 10 April 2011 8:02pm
  • Pity the gear lever and hand brake are still set up for left hand dive.

    peter of wa Posted on 01 April 2011 11:51pm
  • Here are the figures (all figures are spacecab manufactures specs)
    isuzu/colorado
    GVM 2900KG GCM5900KG Tare1680KG
    means payload 1220KG with a towing capacity of 3T fully loaded
    hilux
    GVM 2710KG GCM4980KG Tare 1795KG
    payload 915 with towing capacity of 2250KG
    Mazda/ Ford twins
    GVM 2917KG GCM 5500KG tare 1662KG
    payload 1285KG 3T towing capacity now limited to 2583KG
    D40 navara
    GVM2860 GCM 5860 Tare 1750
    payload 1110KG towing 3T
    i don’t have figures on the vw wasnt around when i did my comparison’s but what you reffer to is that the download of the towed vehicle has to be factored into the payload of the vehicle towing it so a trailer with a 200KG download would reduce the payload that can be carried in each vehicle by 200KG you also have to considder the weight of the tray fuel (excluding Isuzu and Colorado as this is included as kurb weight) and any passengers and luggage
    so lets say you have 2x100KG blokes 130KG tray 200KG triler download and 70KG fuel total 600KG payload.
    you can load an extra 690KG’s in the tray of a isuzu/colorado
    315KGs in the Hilux 510KG in the nissan 685KG in the mazda/ford
    and tow 3t in the nissan/isuzu/colorado 2250KG in the lux and 2583 with the ford/mazda

    jason of melb Posted on 25 March 2011 11:37am
  • This is the best thing to happen to us all. Finally a manufacturer is giving us world class safety features like traction control that should have been in utes for ever ago. It’s just that WE kept on buying the heaps of s&^%, so they kept on building them. Our fault. Just one problem though, without a lobotomy, how do you change the thought processes of a bogan? Well, you don’t, so let us folk who know and love quality enjoy for ourselves. Well done VW!

    gasman of Central Coast Posted on 15 March 2011 4:21pm
  • One thing people dont realise is the actual towing capacity and how it works in respective vehicle, sure your dmax can tow 3 tonne, but only if the vehicle is empty, anything you put in the vehivle reduces your towing capacity, the amarok can tow 2.8 tonne while carrying 1 tonne in the tray, and it will tow in all 6 gears, you cant tow in 5th gear in a dmax or a hilux, 400nm of torque from 1500rpm, the dmax is 360nm at 1800rpm, and the hilux is 343nm at 2000, and the Navara is 4.3nm at 4000rpm, so wich is the better figure, and how could it be stressing the engine if the engine doesnt need to work to produce it?

    Before you judge, drive, then let me know how it stacks up

    Craig Posted on 14 March 2011 12:18pm
  • All you pussies need to wake up.
    The Amarok is going to shake the ute market big time.
    Why compare them against a Great Wall 75Kw petrol with copy and paste everything.
    grow up this is a real ute, hey Ron i bet your D-Max with its cheap junkie Thai diesel will not outlast a dinky european with 400nm, that would pull your D10 out!

    Gerry Atrick of Bullamakancka Posted on 14 March 2011 11:49am
  • FrugalOne, are you serious? While I’m real fond of Yank trucks own a Jeep & don’t like Toyota’s much (due to their pricing & lack of standard equipment arrogance). But you have to be realistic Yank truck are designed and built (albeit poorly) for towing & driving on good roads. Annoyingly, Japanese utes are built well and I imagine this German ute to be as good, and my Jeep is a long way behind.

    Boltz of SW NSW Posted on 12 March 2011 10:19am
  • Isacc - ARB have already invested in $$$ in developing air-bag/ADR Compliant Bull-bars and Canopies for the Amorok…fairly sure you will find that they are currently available. Same goes for Flexiglass and TJM won’t be far behind. I’m not going to make any great assumptions about how this ute will fair in the Australian market but the major players are certainly banking on accessory sales (nothing was ever released for the Toureg for example).

    J.C of Perth, WA Posted on 09 March 2011 9:24pm
  • I don’t sell any vehicles, I’m an ag earthmoving contractor, and we test vehicles out properly, here on the left coast. The day I see VW vehicles appear in sizeable numbers in rural Australia, as work vehicles, is the day my ar$e stops pointing to the ground. I’ve had numerous Isuzu diesels apart, and they’re built like truck engines. A 2 litre diesel has only half the cubes needed for long term reliability and grunt. It’s blown to the max, the combustion pressures and stresses must be enormous. Nissan threw away the robust old 4.2L, 6cyl TD42 and went to the POS, 3L ZD30, producing the same KW as the TD42. I could fill a semi-trailer with rooted ZD30’s around here. Blown pistons, buggered heads - they just don’t cut the mustard when it comes to WORK. Same goes for the POS Iveco Dailys, with their piddly little Euro diesels. O.K. for Europe, forget about them for Australia. The Amarok isn’t a Dakar-winner, and never will be. Besides, Dakar winners bear no resemblance to production vehicles, with every component doubly strengthened - and then repaired every night. Sorry, all you loser Vee-Dub salesmen, this thing is a poncey town cruiser, for the rice-racer set.

    Ron N of Perth, W.A. Posted on 05 March 2011 12:05pm
  • V10 driver maybee a bit extream compairing a tourag with a Colorado. they are actualy stopping production of the isuzu sorurced ute this year and going to a new inhouse model.
    yes your V10 has buckets of torque but it is also a big very expensive engine not a tradies car is it.
    the crappy renamed rodeo is an isuzu and they are well known for very tough diesels and the colorado is no exeption it is one of the more capable load luggers and a very competent tower of 3t on of the few in its segment that is actualy capable in practice not just theory. but i would be one of the first in line to try the new WV i expect it to be as good as its made out to be

    jason of melb Posted on 04 March 2011 3:26pm
  • Hey Ron,

    You don’t work for Holden do you??? Its pillocks like you who keep them building the crappy renamed rodeo. I drive a VW and would be more than happy to hitcg it you you pussbox and show you what real torque is and thats real torque from a V10 European dinky diesel all 850Nm of it. Maybe you should have sold your mate a barina!!!! or a cruise the same as the 2010 lineup with the $1000 discount. There is not a sole out there that does not love their diesel golf.

    V10 driver of Sydney Posted on 04 March 2011 2:24pm
  • Poor Ronnie from Perth I bet he wish he waited for one tough is vw it was 2yrs official Dakar rally support vehicles not a hilux this ute stays on all fours

    gary of victoria Posted on 03 March 2011 9:39pm
  • More torque from a smaller engine. from higher combustion pressures so greater stress through a smaller engine.
    My experience with VW diesel engines have only been good so i sure it will last the distance but time will tell

    jason of melb Posted on 03 March 2011 12:22pm
  • It’s a pity people like Ron can’t get out of the 1980’s.  The Amrok has more torque than the D-Max from a smaller engine.  Better fuel economy, and a 5-star safety package. VW have been selling heaps of these in South America and they are proving to be very reliable and tough as nails.  And quality, my wife has a diesel Jetta and it is significanlty better than the Honda or Subaru we had before it.  Personally I can’t wait to see them here.

    Trav of Melbourne Posted on 03 March 2011 11:06am
  • VW have identified potential the potential of the ‘lifestyle’ purchase in this market segment.  The Amarok probably won’t suit tradies or anyone who tows 3 tonnes through mud and dirt, but it will be a far better option for urban cowboys/girls who find a ute practical but want the comfort and safety of a car.  For the record, the VW produces more torque than most of its competitors anyway, can still tow 2800kg and will return better economy.  Some of you meatheads need to realise that city dwelling non-tradesmen like the versatility of a dual-cab ute just for day to day stuff.  It looks to me like this VW will be perfect for that.

    TheRealist of Victoria Posted on 02 March 2011 12:36pm
  • Ray, it is all-too-obvious you’re selling Amaroks. I’m surprised you didn’t post a link to your business card. When I see Amaroks pulling three tonnes like my D-Max can do, when the Amarok has a 3 litre diesel with a genuine 120KW, not a European dinky diesel, and when I see tradies and farmers running Amaroks through sand, scrub, and mud ... Well, then I’ll look at one seriously. Meanwhile, the Amarok will sell well to the rice-racer set, for tooling around town, lowered, and fitted up with 24” mag wheels, and fitted with a fart-can exhaust. It’s not a work ute, its a wanna-be work ute, that will never cut it in the bush. A mate has a diesel Golf, and it?s the biggest piece of cheap-arse crap I’ve ever seen. In his precise words - “They aren’t made to last”. Besides… who’d ever wanna admit to driving a car with a name like Amarok? It sounds like it just crawled out from under a rock. Surely they could have come up with a name that represents a bit of toughness, if they wanna sell utes?

    Ron N of Perth. W.A. Posted on 01 March 2011 9:41pm
  • Just like a Great Wall at only twice the price! I’ll take 2!

    Jesusjones Posted on 01 March 2011 8:30pm
  • Ade, why are you comparing power figures with a RAV? Anyone who drives vehicles such as these utes know that it’s torque that is the telling figure! 400nM of torque is massive, more that a V6 Commodre in fact, and knowing VW that torque is most likely available just above idle speed. Have a drive of any of the current European turbo diesels and then give us your I informed impression. I for one am looking forward to a single cab DSG version. Now that’ll be a tasty proposition.

    David Cooper of Mudgee Posted on 01 March 2011 7:55pm
  • Happy with my Triton - 5 year warranty 10 year engine, gearbox and diffs. VW will be 3 year 100,000 with a fight every time something goes wrong! Limited extended warranty, (2 years 60,000) reinsured with an insurance company for around $3000.

    John of brisbane Posted on 01 March 2011 6:03pm
  • Looks the part fits a pallet in the back, but…........No auto 120KW got more power in a RAV 4 what about satellite navigation Bluetooth, Great wall and Proton are better equipped and the German price tag, VW try again…..

    Ade of Australia Posted on 01 March 2011 4:41pm
  • Ron, your a dinosaur, just like the cars you are defending. Get with the times buddy. This thing is going to blitz the best from the Japs. Mate, the Japs have been offering sub standard commercials for years - diesels that don’t go, cars that handle dangerously when pushed and poor safety standards. Its about time they were put out to pasture and I reckon this VeeDub is the one to do it.

    Ray of Sydney Posted on 01 March 2011 1:51pm
  • My neighbor the plumber has a Hilux ute. He won’t buy an Amarok. The shopkeeper up the street has a Hilux, too. Lowered, 20” wheels, locked luggage cover. He probably would buy an Amarok.

    Fact is, it’s a bit rich complaining that the Amarok wont pull your bogged tractor out, when most utes never have a load on them or leave the bitumen.

    That’s VW’s market.

    John M of The Big Smoke Posted on 01 March 2011 1:12pm
  • Pity it doesnt tow three ton like the Colorado I just bought an it can also carry a full payload whilst doing this can the Amarok match this, oh yeah and my Colorado is a auto to boot

    troppo Posted on 01 March 2011 12:49pm
  • This VW will make the same impact on the market as any other European ute. Lacking the toughness, the cubes, the parts backup, and full of troublesome electronics, it will only find a few buyers, who never work a ute hard, nor go off-road. What can one tow with a 2 litre diesel?? A dinky little box trailer? Twin turbos are twice the amount of problems, and if even just one is variable-vane, you’re looking at regular blow-ups and big $$$‘s. Ho-hum, next would-be “competitor” to the real work utes, on stage, please!

    Ron N of Perth, W.A. Posted on 01 March 2011 12:15pm
  • About time this part of the market got a shake up. The only thing that has turned me away from buying a dual cab is the lack of equipment you get for your $$$. With VW in the market, things can only get better.

    Craig of Townsville Posted on 01 March 2011 11:17am
  • I bet you will have to wait for one. Does anyone know how long?

    garry Posted on 26 February 2011 10:42am
  • Looks like a copy of the previous generation Toyota. VW did badge engineer Hilux’s for a number of years.
    Small engine, and possibly harsh suspension would be interesting off road. Reliability of the hi-tech diesel, I bet it’ll cut out on the freeway due to main solinoid problems en mass.
    A fair test is to load it with a tonne of dirt plus a loaded trailer and compare it against the competition. Its welcome to shake up the other players, but I can’t see blokey tradesmen owning a brand that their gold driving manicurist drives.

    Mike of sydney Posted on 25 February 2011 12:31pm
  • I have seen these utes on the road in tassie they look awesome, this photo does not do justice. Toyota must be worried when I googled amorok the first one up is Toyota saying why not a Toyota who does issac work 4

    garry Posted on 25 February 2011 10:40am
  • looks like a chinese ute ... copy of others

    nik of sydney Posted on 24 February 2011 10:40pm
  • The wheels look a bit ordinary

    gavin of melbourne Posted on 24 February 2011 10:28pm
  • OK, you’ve sold me, I’ll take one. Can you just add a bull-bar, snorkel, winch and spotlights? What do you mean none of that can be fitted? Next you’ll tell me the tyres aren’t even light truck rated.

    Issac Posted on 24 February 2011 2:36pm
  • If a new market entry has picked up its cues by examining established brands for both strengths and weaknesses surely it stands in a good position to be a better or at least comparable product, niggles and teething troubles aside.  I’d certainly give it a go. Lovely motor but needs auto for Australia.
    Can’t agree about bringing in relatively unsophisticated and often clumsy looking big Americans though, utes nor cars.

    steveo of sideney Posted on 24 February 2011 10:51am
  • Yep I agree with frugalones comments. This is just another jap ute clone. Why bother. When are we going to see the likes of the Toyota Tundra here. Much more practical size.

    GB of Brisbane Posted on 24 February 2011 10:02am
  • It?s a nice unit, and the base model is very well priced. Thing is, VW are well known for *issues* while the Japanese are not. Plus, VW has nothing like the dealership coverage of the Japanese if you are planning a trip beyond Bourke. The sooner the American brands start importing proper utes [aka pick-up-trucks] the better and at the current exchange rate and duty free the price would give all the others plenty of issues. DodgeRamV10…YES!

    FrugalOne of AUSTRALIA Posted on 23 February 2011 7:56pm
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