Our test vehicle is the V6 Highline TDI550 which, in the three-tier Amarok V6 range, occupies the mid-level at $60,490, between the entry-level Sportline ($55,990) and top-shelf Ultimate ($68,490). All V6 models are available only with the venerable - but still exceptional - eight-speed torque converter automatic.
As you’d expect, the Highline comes with considerably more features than the Sportline, but misses out on numerous treats found in the Ultimate. So, in terms of keeping the mid-tier buyer happy, the Highline’s plate is still piled pretty high, starting with 18-inch alloys and 255/60 R18 tyres with matching spare, stainless steel side-steps and sports bar, plus numerous external chrome highlights.
Inside are dual-zone climate and premium sound with a big control screen and multiple connectivity options, and including sat nav, all in a classy-looking cabin with ‘Salipra’ cloth trim and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob.
Optional Highline extras include leather-appointed seat trim (as fitted to our test vehicle), heated front seats and a choice of paint finishes, plus there’s a big VW genuine accessories range, including a wired tow-bar with removable tongue as also fitted to our test vehicle.