Volkswagen Amarok 2020
Carsguide Contributing Journalist Mark Oastler had this to say at the time: For less than $50K, there’s lots to like about an Amarok Core with a unique manual V6 drivetrain, particularly if you prioritise off-road performance over best-in-class safety and rear seat comfort. For drivers who prefer to shift their own gears, this combo packs a punch both on and off-road.You can read the full review here.
This is what Mark Oastler liked most about this particular version of the Volkswagen Amarok: V6 performance, Six-speed manual, Load-carrying ability
The Volkswagen Amarok Ute competes with similar models like the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton and Toyota HiLux in the Under $50k category category.
The 2020 Volkswagen Amarok carries a braked towing capacity of up to 3500 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.
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Volkswagen Amarok 2020 Q&As
Check out real-world situations relating to the Volkswagen Amarok here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.
How long should a rear universal joint last on a 2015 Volkswagen Amarok?
You’ll often find a bit of lash (movement) in the driveline of a car, and it’s hard to tell from where it’s originating. What feels like a bit of play in the universal joint can actually be lash in the differential. Ideally, there should be no discernible play in the joint itself.
If in doubt, have it checked out by a professional who will also look for signs of the universal joint deteriorating and give the whole driveline a once-over. It’s not a huge job, and shouldn’t cost too much, but it’s a vital piece of the driveline and a safety issue so don’t neglect it if you think there’s some wear starting to show.
The lifespan of a universal joint is usually directly related to how the vehicle gets used. If you go off-road and really stretch the driveline in terms of axle articulation, or you tow a big load or regularly launch a boat and dunk the rear of your vehicle into salt water, then the lifespan of components like universal joints will be drastically shortened.
Is the 2007 Nissan Navara a good choice?
If you want an inexpensive, compact and hard-wearing truck that's reliable but not very refined nor comfortable, the old D22 is it. Its 3.0L turbo-diesel has proven strong and reliable in this application and the Nissan has a reputation for being as tough as nails.
The larger and newer D40, meanwhile, is the much better choice if space, safety and refinement are priorities, and remained a class-leading proposition right up until the current-generation Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 and Volkswagen Amarok all moved the pick-up truck game on in 2011. The Spanish-built ST-X is the choice grade, especially in turbo-diesel and 4x4 guise.
The Navara is considered a reliable and dependable truck, but many are also workhorses that lead tough lives and are often neglected or mistreated. If you're after one, please consider having it checked out first by an experienced mechanic.
Known issues include fuel-injection failure, roof rust, premature clutch wear in manual models, electronics issues, turbo-charger failures and sagging rear springs.
Such problems can apply to any similar truck, so don't be too put off by the D40 Navara. It's a firm used-truck favourite for good reason.
Is the Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-Max or VW Amarok best for towing a 2.8 tonne caravan?
Every all-new MY21 Isuzu D-Max and select current versions of the Amarok and Ranger offer a 3500kg towing capacity maximum - namely all Amarok V6 autos and all Rangers EXCEPT the 4x2 XL Single Cab Chassis Low-Rider 2.2 Diesel at the bottom of the Ford range, and the 4x4 Raptor Double Cab Pick-Up 2.0L Diesel at the very top (they're both 2500kg).
Least torquey is the D-Max at 450Nm, followed by the Ranger (2.2L 4-cyl: 385Nm, 3.2L 5-cyl: 470Nm and 2.0L twin-turbo 4-cyl: 500Nm) and Amarok (550Nm to 580Nm), meaning the Amarok will probably be the least challenged towing a 2.8-tonne caravan. But all three should suffice.
Please note, however, that Gross Combined Mass (GCM) tallies means that there are other weight factors that need to be considered before safely towing a 2.8-tonne caravan, even with a 3500kg ute. These include things like the ute's payload, heavy bull bars, sports bars and side steps, canopies and even the number of people travelling inside. And of course, a fully-equipped and laden caravan can easily exceed the stated tare mass.
We hope this helps.
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.
Volkswagen Amarok 2020 Towing capacity
The Volkswagen Amarok’s towing capacity ranges from 3000kg to 3500kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.
|Volkswagen Amarok Model||Body Type||Specs||Braked Capacity|
|TDI420 (4X2)||Ute||2.0L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO||3000kg|
|TDI500 V6 Core 4Motion||Ute||3.0L,Diesel,6 SP MAN||3000kg|
|TDI400 Core 4Motion (4X4)||Ute||2.0L,Diesel,6 SP MAN||3000kg|
|TDI420 Core 4Motion (4X4)||Ute||2.0L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO||3000kg|
Volkswagen Amarok 2020 Price and Specs
|Volkswagen Amarok Model||Body Type||Specs||Price|
|TDI400 Core 4Motion (4X4)||Ute||2.0L Diesel 6 SP MAN||$43,090|
|TDI420 (4X2)||Ute||2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO||$39,990|
|TDI420 Core 4Motion (4X4)||Ute||2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO||$47,590|
|TDI420 Core Plus 4Motion (4X4)||Ute||2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO||$51,590|