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Volkswagen Amarok

Aventura 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto

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  • Amarok A33 Diesel Aventura 3.0 V6 TDI 258 BMT 4M Auto
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  • Sat Nav
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bluetooth
  • Vehicle Length: 5254mm
  • Load Length: 1555mm
  • Transmission: Auto
  • Payload: 1030kg

Vehicle Description

Ten Second Review

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.


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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Vehicle Specification

Interior Features

  • 12 Way Electrically And 2 Way Manually Adjustable Ergocomfort Driver And Front Passenger Seat
  • 3 Seater Rear Bench
  • Air Conditioning - Climatronic
  • Airbag Label On Front Passenger Sunvisor
  • Aventura Floor Mats
  • Centre Console With Cover
  • Cup Holders In Cab
  • Dust/Pollen Filter
  • Fine Nappa Leather Upholstery
  • 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
  • Load Compartment Protective Coating
  • Moulded Cab Headlining
  • Multi Function Leather Steering Wheel With Gearshift Paddles
  • Storage Under Front Seats
  • Sun Visors With Vanity Mirrors
  • Three Height Adjustable Rear Headrests
  • 4 lashing ring for load restraints
  • Carpet floor covering in cab and passenger compartment

Driver Convenience

  • Automatic Post Collision Braking System
  • Colour Multifunction Display
  • Cruise Control With Speed Limiter
  • Discover Media Navigation System Includes Guide + Inform, Sd Card And Off Road Information Display
  • Front And Rear Park Distance Control With Rear View Camera Preparation
  • Headlight Range Adjustment
  • Preparation For Bluetooth Hands Free Kit
  • Service Indicator
  • Servotronic Speed Related Pas
  • Voice Control System
  • Washer Fluid Level Indicator

Exterior Features

  • Add-On Kit Wider Wheel Arch Cover
  • Additional Dust Seals On Outside
  • Aventura Body Colour Sports Bar
  • Bi-Xenon Headlights With Separate Led Daytime Running Lights
  • Body Coloured Door Handles
  • Center High Mounted Led Brake Light
  • Chrome Electrically Adjustable Heated And Folding Door Mirrors
  • 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
  • Front Fog Lights With Cornering Function
  • Heat Insulating Front Side Windows
  • Heated Front Washer Nozzles
  • Heated Rear Window
  • Led Licence Plate Lighting
  • Nerf Bars In Stainless Steel With Steps And Integrated Led Spot Lights
  • Painted Bumpers
  • Polished Stainless Steel Side Bars
  • Radiator Grille With Two Double Chrome Mouldings And Six Vertical Chrome Ribs
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Rear Side Window
  • Underbody Cladding Styling
  • Solid paint
  • Towbar preparation

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 2260
  • No. Of Seats 5
  • Payload 1030
  • Plated 2Nd Axle 1930
  • Plated Front Axle 1445


  • 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


  • Alternator Amps 120
  • Badge Engine Cc 3.0
  • Badge Power 258
  • Battery Ah 92
  • Exhaust System Catalytic Converter
  • Front Brakes Ventilated Discs
  • Ghost Model For Valuation Purposes No
  • Hand Brake Rear Wheels
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
  • Rear Brakes Ventilated Discs
  • Special Edition Yes
  • 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

Vehicle specification information is supplied by a third party. We endeavour to ensure all information is correct but cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Customer Questions

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How long will it take to get the vehicle?

We have the Volkswagen Amarok in stock, so it can be delivered within 2-3 weeks.

How many miles per gallon can I get from this van?

The Volkswagen Amarok returns between 29.7 and 33.6 mpg, depending on the model.

Do I get breakdown recovery?

Yes - the Volkswagen Amarok comes with 12 months of breakdown recovery

What are the service intervals for this vehicle?

The service intervals for the Volkswagen Amarok vary depending on the model from 9,000-25,000 miles or 12-24 months.

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