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Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen decided to re-write the rule book of the 4x4 pick-up market in 2010, producing a ladder-frame utility in the style of rivals like the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, and becoming the first mainstream European brand to tackle the burgeoning market.

Built in Argentina, the Amarok has been a sales success for the German brand, with it offering both single and dual cab versions in 4x2 and 4x4 guises. In 2016, VW launched its most powerful Amarok yet, with a VW Group 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine (also used in the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and VW Touareg) supplementing the stock 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel.

The Amarok TDI420 (4x2) starts off at $38,490, while the range-topping, Amarok TDI580 ULTIMATE 4MOTION is priced at $72,790.

Volkswagen Amarok Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Volkswagen Amarok here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Volkswagen Amarok 2014: Do Amarok's age well?

    You haven’t given me a lot to go on here, Matt. Is the vehicle a dual-cab, single-cab or cab-chassis? Is it two or four-wheel-drive? What trim level are we talking? Anyway, I’ll take an educated guess (based on the price) and suggest it’s a dual-cab all-wheel-drive. At which point, the price being asked seems about right for a vehicle with those kilometres. It does, however, sound like the licensed-dealer price, not a private-seller price. But again, I’m stabbing in the dark here.

    Because some Volkswagen products from this era have a reliability cloud over them, the distance travelled is a big determinant of the asking price. More so than the year of manufacture, in fact.

    Things to watch out for are gearbox problems and electronic glitches but, since the Amarok is an off-roader (and a pretty good one) you also need to learn how it’s been used by the previous owner. A heavily modified Amarok or one with a lift-kit, mud tyres and a dirty big winch bolted to the front of it is probably one to avoid when there are clean, never-been-off-road examples about for similar money.

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  • Volkswagen Amarok 2014: Do Amarok's age well?

    You haven’t given me a lot to go on here, Matt. Is the vehicle a dual-cab, single-cab or cab-chassis? Is it two or four-wheel-drive? What trim level are we talking? Anyway, I’ll take an educated guess (based on the price) and suggest it’s a dual-cab all-wheel-drive. At which point, the price being asked seems about right for a vehicle with those kilometres. It does, however, sound like the licensed-dealer price, not a private-seller price. But again, I’m stabbing in the dark here.

    Because some Volkswagen products from this era have a reliability cloud over them, the distance travelled is a big determinant of the asking price. More so than the year of manufacture, in fact.

    Things to watch out for are gearbox problems and electronic glitches but, since the Amarok is an off-roader (and a pretty good one) you also need to learn how it’s been used by the previous owner. A heavily modified Amarok or one with a lift-kit, mud tyres and a dirty big winch bolted to the front of it is probably one to avoid when there are clean, never-been-off-road examples about for similar money.

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  • What do you recommend for towing a horse trailer and large draft-horse?

    None of the vehicles you’ve listed are exactly low-maintenance units. They all have complex all-wheel-drive drivelines (which will be appreciated when towing a heavy trailer across a wet showground) and they use the latest common-rail diesel technology which is fairly intolerant of poor servicing.

    As for a power tailgate on a ute, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. But some of the wagon versions of these vehicles can be optioned with powered tailgates. The catch there is that these vehicles use coil sprung rear axles (as opposed to the leaf-sprung ute versions) so they’re not as adept at towing. The Toyota Fortuner, for instance can’t match the HiLux’s 3.5-tonne limit and makes do with 2800kg; not enough for your requirements. The Ford Everest (based on the Ranger) is a little better at 3000kg, but still trails the Ranger’s 3500kg towing capacity and is right on your self-imposed minimum.

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  • Volkswagen Amarok 2019: Which model is best for highway driving?

    It depends what your priorities are, but I’d be going for the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 version; it has good performance, decent fuel consumption, is well equipped, and comfortable on road.

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Volkswagen Amarok Towing Capacity

The Volkswagen Amarok has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Ute 3000kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 3000kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 3000kg 3500kg
2017 Ute 3000kg 3000kg
2016 Ute 3000kg 3000kg
See All Towing Capacity for Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen Amarok Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Volkswagen Amarok varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $38,490 and going to $72,790 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $38,490 $72,790
2019 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $35,640 $82,990
2018 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $28,990 $76,500
2017 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $20,680 $57,999
2016 Single Cab 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $17,888 $41,250
2016 Dual Cab 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $17,888 $66,000
2016 Ute 3.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $38,888 $50,995
See All Volkswagen Amarok Pricing and Specs

Volkswagen Amarok Dimensions

The dimensions of the Volkswagen Amarok Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Ute 1820x1944x5181 mm 230 mm
2019 Ute 1820x1944x5181 mm 230 mm
2018 Ute 1820x1944x5181 mm 230 mm
2017 Ute 1834x1944x5181 mm 265 mm
2016 Ute 1820x1944x5181 mm 230 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Volkswagen Amarok Dimensions

Volkswagen Amarok Colours

  • Candy White
  • Tornado Red
  • Indium Grey
  • Mojawe Beige
  • Reflex Silver
  • Starlight Blue
  • Deep Black
  • Peacock Green
  • Ravenna Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Volkswagen Amarok Wheel Size

The Volkswagen Amarok has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205 R16 for Ute in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x6.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Ute 205 R16 16x6.5 inches 205 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Ute 205 R16 16x6.5 inches 205 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Ute 205 R16 16x6.5 inches 205 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Ute 205 R16 16x6.5 inches 205 R16 16x6.5 inches
2016 Ute 205 R16 16x6.5 inches 205 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Volkswagen Amarok Wheel Sizes

Volkswagen Amarok Interior

Inside Volkswagen's Amarok dual cab ute, you’d almost think you were sitting in an SUV. There’s nothing industrial about the Amarok’s interior. It’s a comfortable, passenger-friendly place to be. As our review images show, it has all the familiar switchgear from the VW family, from the leather-bound steering wheel to the Golf-style indicator stalks and cloth seat trim ('leather-accented' trim standard on TDI580 Ultimate). It would be nice to see a bigger multimedia touchscreen given the width of the Amarok’s cabin. In a normal passenger vehicle, this size would be enough, but it just seems dwarfed by the Amarok’s big dashboard.

Volkswagen Amarok Fuel Consumption

The Volkswagen Amarok is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 8.2L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Ute 8.2L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 Ute 8.2L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 Ute 8.2L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2017 Ute 7.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2016 Ute 8.2L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Volkswagen Amarok Pricing and Specs for 2020