Volkswagen Amarok TDI420 Highline.The car: Volkswagen Amarok TDI420 Highline
The price: From $53,990 plus on-road costs
Vital statistics: 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo diesel; 132kW/420Nm; 8-sp auto; 8.3L/100km and 219g/km CO2; AWD
The tester: Steve Colquhoun
Why we’re driving it:
A year after it redefined the workhorse ute market with new levels of refinement and dynamic ability, Volkswagen has added the final puzzle piece to the Amarok by offering the option of an automatic transmission.
It’s a particularly refined unit.
Well-controlled in cornering. Crisp instrumentation and comfy seats. Plenty of small-item storage. Tray can fit two standard pallets and has a light and power outlet.
Lacks the quality interior feel with its hard, shiny plastics and dark, uninspiring design. Rear seat-backs are a tad too upright. Looks expensive next to competitors.
Braked towing capacity is about 500 kilograms shy of the segment benchmark. No curtain airbags.
Would I buy one?
The addition of a capable and refined auto makes the Amarok easier to live with as a weekday work truck and weekend family hauler. I would still prefer Mazda’s value-laden BT-50, though, or Ford’s Tonka-tough-looking Ranger. Follow Drive苏州美甲学校.au on Twitter @Drivecomau Like Drive苏州美甲学校.au on Facebook
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