Volkswagen Amarok Review & Ratings
- 18 January 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Volkswagen Amarok was introduced in 2010, and it is still being produced now. It is a mid-size entry-level pickup truck from Volkswagen. It is part of their commercial vehicle division. The Amarok line-up is comprised of a single cab and double cab version, with the optional feature of either rear-wheal drive or four-wheel drive, and either a turbocharged gas engine or a turbocharged diesel engine powers the pickup truck. The Volkswagen commercial vehicle division, called VWCV, thinks of the Hilux, Navara, and Triton as competitors, even though they are bigger. Toyota, Nissan, and Mitsubishi are their main competition.
The Volkswagen commercial vehicle division announced in 2005 that they were setting out to build a serious pickup truck, as well as a family of off-road vehicles.
The Amarok was the first-ever pickup truck from Volkswagen, and in that way it is truly unique. The Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle division did a pretty good job of making inroads into this highly competitive market with their first offering. The pickup truck was revealed to the public for the first time in 2010 in Argentina.
The ‘Amarok’ name was created and conceived by a branding firm called Interbrand at the request of Volkswagen. Some people have questioned the unusual names of car models in general, and of Volkswagen in particular. Still, one can’t deny that their car names have a certain ring to them are certainly catchy – even if they have no logical association with the car company or the model, or cars in general.
The name was told to the public in 2009. ‘Amaraok’ means ‘wolf’ in Inuit.
The Amarok comes with powerful features that lets you take it wherever you have to – rough terrain, winding roads, and on mountains. This is an outdoorsy vehicle, and it can handle the toughest of the toughest terrain (as much as any mid-size pickup truck could be expected to). The Amarok is a better vehicle than anything else in its class, and it is just as comfortable off the road as it is on the road.
Some of its powerful features include the following:
Low rolling tires
8-speed automatic gearbox
6-speed manual gearbox
That’s just the technology! We’re not even going to go into detail about all the technological features, though. There’s not enough space in a short review. Still, suffice to say, this vehicle has more than just the standard technological features of other vehicles in its class.
As far as off-road features, the truck is excellent in its hill-climbing ability, has mudflaps, and it has a great ramp angle. This is a car that’s built to take on the toughest terrains and situations, and it’s an excellent pick for an outdoorsman or small business owner who needs a reliable truck that can handle any situation.
The Amarok is part of the commercial vehicle range from Volkswagen, and it is certainly a lot sturdier, more powerful, and more versatile than your typical non-commercial vehicle.
“Amarok” means wolf in Inuit, and the cool name is really quite fitting for such a cool vehicle. That’s right – it looks cool too. This truck isn’t all about function and performance – even though it does push those to the max. This is a car that was designed to be stylish and look awesome on a city street, too.
Where Is It Sold?
The Amarok is now sold in Australia, South Africa, Russia, Europe, New Zealand, and South America. Volkswagen is currently in talks with several car dealers in Canada and the U.S. to carry the mid-size pickup truck, because there is an opening in the market.