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Volkswagen AMAROK A33 DIESEL D/Cab Pick Up Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto

Volkswagen AMAROK D/Cab Pick Up Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto
Volkswagen AMAROK D/Cab Pick Up Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto
Volkswagen AMAROK D/Cab Pick Up Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto
Volkswagen AMAROK D/Cab Pick Up Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto
Volkswagen AMAROK D/Cab Pick Up Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto
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Volkswagen AMAROK D/Cab Pick Up Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto
Volkswagen AMAROK D/Cab Pick Up Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto
Volkswagen AMAROK D/Cab Pick Up Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto
Volkswagen AMAROK D/Cab Pick Up Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto
Volkswagen AMAROK D/Cab Pick Up Highline 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto

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  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG33.60
  • 0-62mph7.4 secs
  • Top Speed127 mph
  • C02220 g/km
  • BHP
  • Torque lbs/f
  • P11D%


Oriental models have for too long held sway in the UK pick-up truck market, a state of affairs that Volkswagen set out to change when they launched this Amarok model in 2011, then updated it in 2016. Big, economical and very capable, Volkswagen's off-road load-lugger was designed to give the Japanese contingent a few sleepless nights but originally boasted a 2.0-litre diesel line-up in a class where rivals had 2.5 or 3.0-litre units. Hence the development of a lustier six cylinder 3.0-litre TDI unit for this latest version claiming an effective mixture of power and efficiency. The result should be a very complete pick-up indeed.

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Pick-ups are undeniably practical but have a reputation for being rough and ready with crude driving dynamics. Volkswagen's Amarok set out to change all that and the latest version's cause is aided by a lusty six cylinder engine range. Jonathan Crouch reports.


Pick-up sales may have taken off in Europe over the last decade or so, but the vehicles themselves have come almost exclusively from the Far East, Japan dominating the market with Mitsubishi's L200, Nissan's Navara and Toyota's Hilux, leaving Ford a few scraps to hoover up with their Thai-built Ranger model. So what kind of pick-up might a European brand design? How would it be different? In this Volkswagen Amarok back in 2011, we got our answer in a vehicle that's sold steadily since but has been ultimaely limted in its aspirations by the fitment of a 2.0-litre diesel engine that's smaller in size than the class norm. That's important as pick-ups need torque - and plenty of it. Hence Volkswagen's development of the new 3.0-litre V6 TDI unit for the improved Amarok model we're going to look at here. Like its predecessor, this is claimed to be the most car-like vehicle of this kind ever made. Potentially then, the perfect solution for SUV buyers who want the greater practicality of pick-up motoring.

Driving Experience

A tough ladder-framed chassis and a solid, leaf-sprung rear axle necessary to carry heavy loads offer the inevitably utilitarian feel. Within the confines of this approach though, the Wolfsburg engineers have actually done a very good job in making this Amarok as car-like as it reasonably could be. The introduction of 3.0-litre V6 TDI power means that there's nothing wrong with the performance now on offer, this unit available in three guises offering either 163, 204 or 258PS. The pokiest unit develops 580Nm of torque at just 1,500rpm. UK customers can choose from selectable (with manual gearbox) and permanent (with auto) 4MOTION four-wheel drive. An optional mechanical rear-axle differential lock is also available for demanding off-road use. On the road, this Amarok should feel sharper to drive courtesy of a new Servotronic steering system. Plus new 17-inch brake discs on the front axle and 16-inch discs at the rear ensure that this pickup always comes to a stop quickly and safely.

Design and Build

As before, with a length of 5.25 metres and a width of 2.23 metres, this Amarok is a substantial thing. To reflect the changes made beneath the bonnet, Volkswagen's stylists have tried to give this improved version a more athletic-looking front end. As before, the chunky shape appears solidly planted to the ground with cleanly sculpted bonnet curves and a large Volkswagen emblem and grille, with clear horizontal lines linking them together across the front of the vehicle. Inside, there's a completely re-styled dashboard. Together with new ergonomic seats, these features aim to lend the vehicle a more sophisticated appearance. As before, there's neat switchgear, clearly defined instruments, a lovely three-spoke reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel and soft-touch plastics lifted straight from Volkswagen passenger cars. It's rather like being in a Golf on stilts and it'll be rather surreal if you come to this vehicle straight from an older pick-up rival. It's practical too, with lots of storage, including large bins in all the doors which can hold a 1.5-litre bottle in front and a 1.0-litre bottle in the rear. There's also a lidded bin, a lockable glovebox, a compartment for your sunglasses, two cupholders between the front seats and under-front-seat drawers on most models. In the rear, the extra width of the vehicle makes it easier to accommodate three adults if need be - though two will obviously be more comfortable. All will get proper three-point seatbelts and most trim levels include rear cupholders for their use. If the rear bench isn't in use and you need more storage room, you can tip the backrest forward to free up extra loadspace.

Market and Model

The range is based around the Doublecab bodystyle that almost all UK buyers want and all models get the 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine in either 163, 204 or 258PS guises. There are three trim levels - 'Trendline', 'Highline' and 'Aventura', with the latter two needed for the top 258PS unit and ex-VAT pricing ranging in the £26,000 to £40,000 bracket. Equipment levels of course, depend upon the trim designation you have in mind, but whatever variant you choose, you'll find that all Amaroks come with most of the basics. That means things like alloy wheels, Climatic air conditioning, daytime running lights, all-round power windows, power heated mirrors, a 12v power socket, a CD stereo and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser. Plusher variants add things like cruise control, a trip computer and front foglamps. Going upwards on sharp inclines, there's a Hill Holder Clutch to stop you drifting backwards. Going down the other side, there's Hill Descent Control to keep the car at a steady speed. And of course there are plenty of accessories. These include a lockable toolbox designed to fit across the loadspace, a choice of tonneau covers or a complete matching hardtop to enclose the entire load area.

Practicalities and Costs

Drop down the sturdy tailgate and the headline news is the 2.52m3 load volume. That might encourage you to use the hefty payload allowance - between 1064 and 1119kgs for Selectable 4MOTION models. These have a high rear axle load limit of 1,860kgs. With the Permanent 4MOTION variant, the payload drops to just 750kgs.The Gross Vehicle Weight is 3170kg, though that falls to 2820kg if you opt for the top-spec model with permanent all-wheel drive. Get your cargo into the loadbay and that extra cargo volume really pay dividends. You can for example, carry a Euro pallet sideways, not something possible in many rival pick-ups. That's thanks to dimensions that give you a 1555mm loadspace length and a 1620mm loadspace width that narrows to 1222 between the wheelarches. And there's 508mm of load area height. As for efficiency, well this improved Amarok meets improved class standards in this regard, even the top 258PS 3.0 V6 TDI variant managing 33.6mpg on the combined cycle and 220g/km of CO2. Thanks to the 80-litre tank, that means a theoretical range of over 600 miles.


Pick-up users aren't necessarily expecting their vehicles to be advanced, car-like and fuel efficient. But most would be very pleased if they were. These are people who should get themselves behind the wheel of this very complete 3.0-litre V6 TDI Amarok. You do have nagging worries in the plush, car-like cabin as to whether this vehicle really is going to prove as tough and durable as its Asian rivals in the long term. But these are concerns your Volkswagen Van Centre will be quick to play down, pointing to this vehicle's development in the Patagonian wilderness and its use on the testing Paris-Dakar rally. This aside, the only issues are those common to all pick-ups, essentially based around a utilitarian on-tarmac feel. And this is less of an issue with an Amarok than with any other rival model. Limited UK numbers mean that this Volkswagen isn't going to threaten its Oriental rivals' market dominance too much, but in terms of product excellence, it certainly should give them plenty to think about. At last, we Europeans have given the Far East something it can learn from.

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Driver Convenience
Without tyre pressure warning light
Automatic post collision braking system
Cruise control with speed limiter
Front and rear park distance control with rear view camera preparation
Headlight range adjustment
Multi-function Display Plus with control
Preparation for bluetooth hands free kit
Service indicator
Servotronic speed related PAS
Voice control system
Washer fluid level indicator
Exterior Features
Bi-xenon headlights with separate LED daytime running lights
Body coloured door mirrors
Center high mounted LED brake light
Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
Front fog lights
Manual dimming door mirror
Polished stainless steel side bars
Solid paint
Towbar preparation
Windshield wiper intermittent control
Without luggage compartment lighting
Add-on kit wider wheel arch cover
Additional dust seals on outside
Body coloured door handles
Chrome rear bumper with integrated step
Dark coloured lenses with tail light assemblies
Driving rear fog light on left
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Heat insulating front side windows
Heated front washer nozzles
Heated rear window
LED licence plate lighting
Painted bumpers
Radiator grille with two double chrome mouldings and six vertical chrome ribs
Rear privacy glass
Rear side window
Without mud flap
Without roof rails/roof load rack
Interior Features
4 lashing ring for load restraints
Carpet floor covering in cab and passenger compartment
Multi function leather steering wheel
Without auxiliary/parking heater
Without lumbar support in seat bacrests
3 seater rear bench
Air conditioning - Climatronic
Airbag label on front passenger sunvisor
Centre console with cover
Cup holders in cab
Dust/pollen filter
Front air vents with heater duct in 2nd row seats
Heated front seats
Height adjustment for driver and front passenger seat
Isofix child seat anchorage points on outer rear seats
Jack and tool kit
Leather gearknob and gaiter
Leather gearshift cover
Leather handbrake lever
Moulded cab headlining
Storage under front seats
Sun visors with vanity mirrors
Three height adjustable rear headrests
Vienna leather upholstery
Without floor mats
Without mechanical differential lock
17" chassis with 17" front disc brake and 16" rear disc brake
Brake assist
Diesel particulate filter
Four 12v sockets including 1 in cargo area
Heavy duty suspension
Hill Descent Control
Hill hold assist
Traction control
Trailer stability assist
18" Manaus alloy wheels
Steel spare wheel
6 speakers
App connect
Composition media radio with 6.33" touchscreen
Digital radio (DAB)
USB interface + AUX-IN jack
Smokers pack
Driver and passenger airbag
Driver's seat belt reminder with electric buckle
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Side and front curtain airbags
2nd key for remote central locking
Alarm with passenger compartment control and tow away protection
Back-up horn
Lockable comfort tailgate
Locking wheel bolts
Remote control central locking with internal switch
Tilt sensor and single door unlocking
Light Silver decorative inserts
Emissions - ICE
CO2 220
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Automatic Transmission Yes
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2967
Cooling System WATER
Cylinder Layout V6
Cylinders 6
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Fuel Type DIESEL
Gears 8 SPEED
Manual Transmission No
Number of Valves 24
Valve gear DOHC
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Yes
EC Combined 33.6
EC Extra Urban 35.8
EC Urban 30.7
Alternator Amps 120
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 258
Battery AH 92
Ghost model for valuation purposes No
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 100000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Steering PAS
This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes No
Vehicle Homologation Class N1
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.4
BHP 258
Engine Power KW 190
Engine Power RPM 3250
Engine Torque LBS.FT 428
Engine Torque MKG 59.2
Engine Torque NM 580
Engine Torque RPM 1400
Top Speed 127
Alloys? Yes
Automatic Clutch Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 255/60 R18
Tyre Size Rear 255/60 R18
Tyre Size Spare FULL SIZE
Wheel Style MANAUS
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Front Overhang 898
Height 1834
Length 5254
Load Deck Height 780
Load Length 1555
Load Space Width Between Wheel Arches 1222
Load Width 1620
Rear Overhang 1259
Turning Circle - Wall to Wall 12.95
Wheelbase 3097
Width (excluding mirrors) 1954
Width (including mirrors) 2228
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 80
Gross Train Weight 6000
Gross Vehicle Weight 3290
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 3100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 2178
No. of Seats 5
Payload 1112
Plated 2nd Axle 1930
Plated Front Axle 1445


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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Discover media navigation system includes guide + inform, SD card and off road information display £696.00
Tachograph Preparation £294.00
Tyre pressure warning light £198.00
Exterior Features
Additional front underbody guard £24.00
Center high mounted LED brake light with cargo area lighting £24.00
Chrome electrically adjustable heated and folding door mirrors £162.00
Front fog lights with cornering function £96.00
Metallic paint £672.00
Pearlescent paint £672.00
Special Matt paint £3,816.00
Towbar with fixed ball head £372.00
Without model and engine designation badges FOC
Without model designation badge with engine designation badge FOC
Interior Features
12 way electrically and 2 way manually adjustable ergoComfort driver and front passenger seat £1,284.00
6 folding lashing rings for load restraint system £42.00
Load compartment protective coating £840.00
Lumbar support for driver and single passenger seats £162.00
Multi function leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles £150.00
Rubber floor covering £126.00
Water heater and programmable parking heater with radio remote control £1,422.00
Chrome style pack - Amarok £1,308.00
Lights and vision pack - Amarok £228.00
Navigation tech pack - Amarok £1,164.00
Matt - Indium grey £3,816.00
Metallic - Chestnut brown £672.00
Metallic - Indium grey £672.00
Metallic - Mojave beige £672.00
Metallic - Ravenna blue £672.00
Metallic - Reflex silver £672.00
Metallic - Starlight blue £672.00
Pearl - Deep black £672.00
Solid - Candy white FOC
Solid - Tornado red FOC
First aid kit with warning triangle and safety vest £36.00
Electronic differential lock £312.00
External interface £72.00
Vienna leather - Noisette brown/Titanium black FOC
Vienna leather - Palladium grey/Titanium black FOC
19" Cantera alloy wheels £552.00
20" Talca alloy wheels £1,512.00
* option prices shown are estimated