The Volkswagen Amarok has so far struggled to gain critical volume against such formidable competition as the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton, as well as the recently released Holden Colorado and Isuzu D-Max, all of which offered greater range in the ute segment – until now.
The broadened Amarok line-up includes cab-chassis versions of both dual-cab and single-cab bodies that fleet and trade buyers can customise with their own trays or with Volkswagen’s own locally sourced unit, which features an innovative locking mechanism, for around 00.
But that still leaves Amarok without a space-cab body – a popular choice for buyers requiring more passenger space, and one offered by most other manufacturers in the segment.
Although Volkswagen Australia’s director of commercial vehicles, Philip Clark, has ruled out a space-cab version for now, he told Car Advice the Amarok range would continue to offer new products each year.
With all 420 Newton-metres coming on-song as low as 1500rpm and the turbochargers virtually eliminating the effects of turbo-lag, there’s always plenty of punch from anywhere in the rev range.
Despite significantly less displacement than most of the competition, the 2.0-litre engine in the Amarok never seems laboured.
Body roll on turn-in is completely contained and there’s ample feedback through the steering wheel to let drivers know what the front wheels are doing. At an average speed of 90km/h across curvy and undulating terrain, the Amarok felt extraordinarily composed and balanced, perhaps even class-leading in this regard.