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2019 Volkswagen Amarok Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2019 Volkswagen Amarok

Almost one and a half decade back, the automobile giant, the Volkswagen, intended to create impressive off-road vehicles. That led to the beginning towards a new era of the Volkswagen production. Despite it was taken as a new lead into the Volkswagen’s panel van chapter. But soon as the spy pics came out, the folks clearly learned the intentions of the company.

The Volkswagen was planning to create something bigger than Taro, one of its dead pick-up truck. Well, Taro was much like a farmer’s cab that could carry some beans and a couple of goats. But it was quite quickly grasped that the world is shifting towards a different trend of off-road vehicles.

Finally, after a few more spy pics, Volkswagen went into deciding the title for their new truck. And in 2009 the Amarok was revealed for the first time. Well, the Amarok is taken from an Inuit language, meaning Wolf. While as far as the wolves are concerned, Volkswagen had been quite a close fan of the wolves. And that is what you can get from the Wolfsburg Crest pasted on various Volkswagen cars up till 1980.

The present-day Amarok is available in three trim levels. Where the Base variant is yet another modern-day farmer’s cab with advanced amenities. While the Trendline and the Highline take the prominent position in this series. With the Trendline beginning at $40,750 and the Highline is available for as low as $51,000. Further, optional features include increased power, tech facilities, convenient options and some exterior and interior enhancement. And with all this installed on your Highline Amarok, you would surely beat $60,000.

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2.0 – 3.0 L6 – speed manual

8 – speed automatic

138 – 258 hp221 – 406 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
9.4s135 mphPick-up Truck17 city/ 26 highway


Hood of 2019 Volkswagen Amarok

There is only a single gasoline drivetrain available for Amarok. While the majority is taken by the diesel variants. The only gasoline variants come with the 2.0 L TSI 4-cylinder engine having 158 horses pounding 221 lb-ft of torque.

Well, all the variants are turbocharged. And there are a couple of bi-turbo drivetrains available as well. Ahead of that, the base diesel variant is equipped with a 2.0 L TDI 4-cylinder engine powered with 138 horses making 251 lb-ft of torque.

The same configuration expands to 161 horses and 295 lb-ft of torque with the twin-turbocharger. While an upgraded variant gets 16 more horses with 15 lb-ft of more torque. Well, these models are generally not available in the North American and the British market. In a way, the Amarok itself is yet not available in North America. Indeed it is quite hard to beat the North American pick-up trucks.

Well, the Amarok even gets a performance variant equipped with the naturally aspirated 3.0 L V6 engine. The base configuration produces 161 hp of power. The one above gets 204 horses. And the final trim level is powered by 258 horses. While all of these dance on 406 lb-ft of torque.

The 6-speed manual transmission is available on the 2.0 L gasoline and diesel trims. And even it comes on the base V6 trim. While the 8-speed ZF dual-clutch automatic transmission is installed on the finest trim levels. In the same way, the base variants are rear-wheel-drive. While the permanent and shiftable all-wheel-drive is available with the V6 models.

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2019 Volkswagen Amarok Exterior

What is the exact definition of stylish, is certainly not known to Amarok. The Volkswagen Amarok carries an aggressive and bold appearance, but the concept of beauty is missing. Well, the pick-up trucks do not need to be bold and beautiful. But they do need some patterns of attraction. Well, the cosmetics include the steel wheels, Volkswagen’s Signature grille, LED lamps and the body colored side mirrors. While when you go for the upper trim level you get the alloy wheels, fog lamps, DRL and load efficiency unit.

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Interior of 2019 Volkswagen Amarok

The interior setup is dated but comfortable. Well, Amarok offers plenty of seating space, covered with either leather or some premium quality material. The accent and the hides even get a reasonable ingredient. All that you would have to compromise are the tech-savvy items that are now becoming common in the city cars. Besides, the driving is quite relaxing, with ergonomic touch and 12-way adjustment points. And the outside view seems dramatically impressive, even if you are traveling in the most boring spot in the world.

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Features of 2019 Volkswagen Amarok

A 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system is available for the Volkswagen Amarok. Well, it comes with the multimedia features, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Further, the entertainment corner is filled with the 6-speaker sound system with dual tuner and electronic voice amplification system. Ahead of that, navigation and the voice command system is also available for Amarok.

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2019 Volkswagen Amarok Safety

With the most advanced safety features, driving is becoming yet another convenient activity in the world. Well, some of the advancements are even installed in the Volkswagen Amarok. Such as the autonomous braking system that reduces the chance of collision. Then it includes the electronic stability control and the trailer stabilization system that keeps you and your package intact.

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Toyota Hilux

The spy photographers initially confused the Amarok with Hilux. But later when it stepped into the market, it conventionally became the competitor for the Toyota Hilux. Well, the Hilux is covering a vast range of market and offers plenty of powering options. While Amarok does not have much bigger caliber. But they completely get a fine competition in the European market.

Well, the Amarok is not bad at all. It is indeed a fine pick-up truck. But it needs some improvement inside to make it advanced and amazing.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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