When you call something Ultimate, you’d expect it to be at the head of the game for its segment.

In some ways, that is the case for the 2019 Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate V6 580. Its thumping V6 turbo diesel engine is now even more thumping, with class-leading grunt numbers. We’ll get to that soon.

There are also new high-end luxury appointments, and it’s clear VW wants to remain the only real German plush ute in the segment.

Sadly, though, there are some disappointing elements that you need to consider, especially when you’re spending big bucks on what should be the ultimate in dual cab utes. Let’s take a deeper dive.