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Volkswagen Amarok 2020

The 2020 Volkswagen Amarok range of configurations is currently priced from $38,490. Our most recent review of the 2020 Volkswagen Amarok resulted in a score of 8.5 out of 10 for that particular example.

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.

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.


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  • Is the 2007 Nissan Navara a good choice?

    For a few years from 2005, Nissan sold two types of Navaras in Australia - the all-new big D40 series and the old D22 that dated back from the latter 1990s. 

    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.

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  • 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.   

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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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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
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Volkswagen Amarok 2020 Price and Specs

The Volkswagen Amarok 2020 is currently available from $38,490 for the Amarok TDI420 (4X2) up to $72,790 for the Amarok TDI580 Ultimate 4Motion.

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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
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Volkswagen Amarok 2020 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2020 Volkswagen Amarok are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1954mm x 2018mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Volkswagen Amarok 2020 Dimensions  include 1834mm height, 1944mm width, 5254mm length.
Volkswagen Amarok Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
TDI420 (4X2) Ute 1820x1944x5181 mm 230 mm
TDI500 V6 Core 4Motion Ute 1834x1954x5254 mm 192 mm
TDI400 Core 4Motion (4X4) Ute 1834x1944x5254 mm 230 mm
TDI420 Core 4Motion (4X4) Ute 1834x1944x5254 mm 230 mm
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Volkswagen Amarok 2020 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2020 Volkswagen Amarok will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted. Standard wheel sizes on the Volkswagen Amarok vary from 16x6.5 inches to 20x8 inches.

Volkswagen Amarok Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
TDI420 (4X2) Ute 205 R16 16x6.5 inches 205 R16 16x6.5 inches
TDI500 V6 Core 4Motion Ute 245x65 R17 17x8 inches 245x65 R17 17x8 inches
TDI400 Core 4Motion (4X4) Ute 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
TDI420 Core 4Motion (4X4) Ute 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 245x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
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Volkswagen Amarok 2020 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 2020 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2020 Volkswagen Amarok is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Volkswagen Amarok currently offers fuel consumption from 7.8 to 9.7L/100km. The Volkswagen Amarok is available with the following fuel type: Diesel.

Volkswagen Amarok Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
TDI400 Core 4Motion (4X4) Ute 2.0L,Diesel,6 SP MAN 7.9L/100km
TDI420 (4X2) Ute 2.0L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 8.2L/100km
TDI420 Core 4Motion (4X4) Ute 2.0L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 8.3L/100km
TDI420 Core Plus 4Motion (4X4) Ute 2.0L,Diesel,8 SP AUTO 8.3L/100km
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