As utes go, the Amarok is definitely one of the better looking ones, with a commanding profile that has stood the test of time. The large exterior dials down the rugged muscular look, as trademarked by other utes, in favour of a more balanced design. It looks equally ready to tackle the suburban streets or the outback dirt.
The Ravenna Blue body paint (a $700 option), black sports bar and gloss black Talca 20-inch wheels really help this ute stand out from the crowd, especially on back-country roads.
In addition to the sports bar and black wheels, the 580 version of the Highline also comes with gloss-black bumpers front and rear, a slightly redesigned front grille, black interior headlining and black side bars.
The cabin fit out is high quality, with premium materials used throughout. In fact, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd just stepped inside a well-priced SUV, with a leather-covered steering wheel and Vienna leather (a $2790 option) seating. The switch gear and driver instrumentation are the same excellent units you'd find on other VW passenger cars.
It's not all premium-SUV creature comforts, though, with plenty of hard-wearing plastics used where it counts; across the doors and dash.
All up, the Amarok made for an incredibly pleasant and comfortable place to spend the 2.5 hours it took to reach our farm stay.