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Volkswagen Amarok Review 2019


Volkswagen Amarok 2019

Almost a decade and a half ago, automotive giant Volkswagen wanted to build impressive off-road vehicles. This led to the start of a new era in Volkswagen production. Despite this, it was taken as a new entry into the Volkswagen panel van chapter. But once the spy images came out, people clearly learned the company’s intentions.

The Volkswagen planned to create something bigger than Taro, one of its dead pick-up trucks. Well, taro was something like a farmer’s cab that could haul a few beans and a few goats. But it quickly became apparent that the world was moving towards a different trend in off-road vehicles.

Finally, after a few more spy pics, Volkswagen decided on the title for its new truck. And in 2009 the Amarok was presented for the first time. Well, the Amarok comes from an Inuit language and means wolf. As for the wolves, Volkswagen was a pretty close fan of the wolves. And you can get that from the Wolfsburg coat of arms, which was stuck on various Volkswagens until 1980.

The current Amarok is available in three trim levels. Where the basic variant is another modern farmhouse with enhanced amenities. The Trendline and the Highline occupy the prominent position in this series. The Trendline starts at $40,750 and the Highline is available for just $51,000. Optional features also include increased performance, technical facilities, practical options and some exterior and interior improvements. And if all of this was installed on your Highline Amarok you’d be hitting $60,000 for sure.

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engine transmission hp torque
2.0 – 3.0L 6-speed manual transmission

8-speed automatic

138 – 258 hp 221 – 406 lbs – feet
0 – 62 MPH top speed body style MPG
9.4 sec 135km/h Pick up 17 city / 26 highway


Bonnet of the Volkswagen Amarok 2019

Only one petrol engine is available for the Amarok. While the majority is occupied by the diesel variants. The only petrol variants come with the 2.0L TSI 4-cylinder engine with 158 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque.

Well, all variants are turbocharged. And there are also a couple of bi-turbo powertrains. In addition, the base diesel variant is equipped with a 2.0-liter TDI 4-cylinder engine that is powered with 138 hp and produces 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 more torque. Well, these models are generally not available in the North American and UK markets. In a way, the Amarok itself isn’t yet available in North America. In fact, it’s pretty hard to beat the North American pick-up trucks.

Well, the Amarok even gets a performance variant that comes with the naturally aspirated 3.0-liter V6 engine. The base configuration produces 161 horsepower. The above gets 204 horses. And the last trim level is powered by 258 horses. While all of these dance to 406 lb-ft of torque.

The 6-speed manual transmission is available for the 2.0L petrol and diesel trim levels. And even it comes on the base V6 trim. While the 8-speed ZF dual-clutch automatic transmission is installed in the finest trim levels. The basic variants are also rear-wheel drive. While the permanent and selectable all-wheel drive is available for the V6 models.

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2019 Volkswagen Amarok exterior

Amarok certainly doesn’t know what the exact definition of stylish is. The Volkswagen Amarok sports an aggressive and bold look but lacks the notion of beauty. Well, the pickup trucks don’t have to be bold and beautiful. But they need some attraction patterns. Well, the cosmetics include the steel wheels, signature Volkswagen grille, LED lamps and body-colored side mirrors. If you go for the top trim level, you get the alloy wheels, fog lights, DRL and charge efficiency unit.

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Interior of the Volkswagen Amarok 2019

The interior is dated but comfortable. Well, the Amarok offers plenty of seating space, either upholstered in leather or a high-quality material. The accent and skins even get a sensible trimming. All you would have to compromise are the tech-savvy elements that are now becoming commonplace in the city cars. Also, riding is very relaxing, with an ergonomic touch and 12-way adjustment points. And the exterior looks dramatically impressive, even when you’re in the most boring place on earth.

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Features of the Volkswagen Amarok 2019

A 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system is available for the Volkswagen Amarok. Well, it comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink multimedia features. In addition, the entertainment corner is filled with the 6-speaker sound system with dual tuners and electronic voice amplification system. Previously, navigation and voice control are also available for Amarok.

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2019 Volkswagen Amarok Security

With the most advanced safety features, driving becomes another convenient activity in the world. Well, some of the further developments are even built into the Volkswagen Amarok. Such as the autonomous braking system, which reduces the likelihood of a collision. Then it includes 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 the Hilux. But later, when it was launched, it became a conventional competitor for the Toyota Hilux. Well, the Hilux covers a wide range of markets and offers many powertrain options. While Amarok doesn’t have a much larger caliber. But they get a good competition in the European market.

Well, the Amarok isn’t bad at all. It’s a fine pick-up truck indeed. But it needs some internal improvements to make it advanced and amazing.


Mackenzie Bostock
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