New Amarok ready and able to play dirty

Published on 16th June 2023 at 10:12

New Amarok ready and able to play dirty 
Last Word First 
An hour-long excursion through the gnarly off-road track, especially cut by what can 
only be described as the commandoes from Orangeworks Automotive, at Carton 
House, was my first introduction to the all-new VW Amarok pick-up. I sat into the 
original back in 2010 and in its 2.0 litre format was impressive, with all we had come 
to expect from VW in terms of build, finish and general competency. 
Roll on to 2016 and the arrival of their delicious 3.0 litre V6 and the Amarok now 
had the muscle to hustle, making it great company on road or green lane. 
Back to the giggle-weeds of Carton House and every wheel is being asked a different 
question, each suspension unit under an ever-changing load, the ladder chassis being 
asked to absorb all manner of exertions, all conducted without a creak or a 
complaint. Driven through a 10-speed automatic, my 3.0 litre V6 never broke sweat, 
the steering positive, albeit car was required on the narrow turns, as there is a fair bit 
of pick-up following the front due to its long wheelbase, which can easily ‘kiss’ a tree 
or rutted edge if forgotten. 
Out onto the R-roads around Maynooth, Dunboyne and Ratoath, with a return back 
to base via the motorway, and the Amarok dripped civility and good breeding. The 
driving position is excellent, the view forwards providing information and confidence 
in equal measure - a more extended road drive would be required to get fuel figures. 
The pick-up rivals to the Amarok come from Ford with their Ranger, Isuzu D-Max, 
Toyota’s Hilux and the SsangYong Musso, the Ranger related via the Ford/VW 
manufacturing alliance. 
The 2023 Amarok enters this small pick-up segment with all the armoury required 
for those with a utilitarian demand, as well as those domestic and social. Suffice it to 
say that it can be brought into any company and it will not feel out of place. 

In a nut shell 
New customers get four-wheel drive, (4Motion), as standard, plus the choice of four- 
and six-cylinder turbocharged engines and is available in Ireland as a double cab, 
four-door pick-up. The new Amarok will be available here from July in five trim 
levels, – Amarok, Life, Style, PanAmericana and Aventura, with prices starting from 
€47,355 for the entry-level Amarok 2.0TDI 168HP. 
Sizing it up 
5,350 mm long, the new Amarok is 96 mm longer than its predecessor. Its wheelbase 
is 3,270 mm, an increase of 173 mm, providing more room in the double cab and it 
stands 2079mm tall, coming with reduced overhangs, which dually help the 
Amarok’s visual appeal and add to its off-road capability. Ramp angles have been 

increased to 30-degrees at the front and 26-degrees at the back to improve clearance 
on rough terrain, with wading depth boosted from 500 mm to 800 mm. 
The Amarok’s cargo bed is 1,651mm long by 1,584 mm wide, giving it enough room 
for a Euro pallet loaded sideways or lengthways. Loads can be secured via robust 
lashing rings on the bed and side walls. The maximum height of the tail lift has also 
increased, dependent on specification, by as much as 21 mm to 529 mm. Static roof 
load capacity has increased to 350 kilograms – enough for a roof tent for overnight 
off-road adventures. Meanwhile, the list of options includes alloy wheels up to 21in, 
wireless smartphone charging, all-terrain tyres, bike holders, roll covers and a hard 
top for the cargo bed. 
Engine Choice 
Three four- and six-cylinder turbo diesel engines are on the power menu: 
Starting with a 2.0 litre TDi, delivering 168HP, available in entry-level Amarok and 
Life trims. Those opting for the Style model get a power increase of the 2.0 TDI 
engine to 202HP and adds a 10-speed automatic transmission, which is optional in 
Life trim. 
I remember the 2016 introduction of the 3.0 litre V6 TDi and safe to say it became a 
firm favourite with all who sampled its talents. In this new model the V6 is available 
in Style, PanAmerica and Aventura models. Power has increased to 237HP, with 
600Nm of torque, all driven via a new 10-speed automatic transmission. 
In Ireland, all Amaroks with automatic transmissions are allowed to tow trailers up 
to 3.5 tonnes. The permissible total weight of vehicle and trailer has increased from 6 
to 6.5 tonnes. Meanwhile, the maximum payload has also increased, to 1.19 tonnes. 
First Impressions 
There is plenty to catch the eye and hold it on first sighting of this new Amarok. The 
redesigned bonnet and integrated LED headlights draw the stares easily. Those 
opting for the PanAmerica and Aventura models get the IQ.LIGHT Matrix-LED 
headlights and an “Amarok” embossed stamp above the number plate holder. The 
half-round wheel arches give this VW pick-up a distinctive look, while the word 
Amarok is emblazoned across the tailgate. 
Inside Story 
Sitting into the supportive seats of the Amarok, the driver faces new practical 
controls and digital screens, the interior has been constructed using quality 
materials, well configured with function and quality in mind. Meanwhile, the 
instrument panel’s layout is clear, well structured, and ergonomically tailored to the 

Building on Success 
With sales of more than 830,000, the first-generation Amarok can be hailed a global 
success, since its introduction in 2010. Now, this second-generation model hopes to 
build on this success thanks to the addition of more than 25 assistance systems, 
infotainment displays measuring up to 12.3in, and high-quality materials 
throughout. These assistance features include, automatic cruise control system, a 
parking assistant, 360-degree all-round view (‘Area View’), lane change assistant and 
road sign recognition. 
Trim Levels 
Standard equipment in the entry level Amarok, (€47,355 ), includes: 
 Power folding mirrors 
 Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration 
 VW Connect with eCall Emergency System and Online Voice Control 
 LED headlights 
 10.1in infotainment system 
 8in multifunction display 
 Semi-automatic air conditioning 
 Traffic Sign Recognition 
 Adaptive Cruise Control 
 Rear-View Camera and parking sensors. 
Upgrading to Life trim (from €50,345) adds: 
 17in alloy wheels 
 Body coloured bumpers 
 8-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat 
 Rear privacy glass 
 Leather wrapped steering wheel 
 Electronic parking brake f 
 Front sensors 
 Rain/light sensing headlights and wipers. 

Style models (from €64,735) add: 
 18in wheels 
 Chrome rear bumper 
 LED-Matrix headlights 
 Heated ArtVelour seats 
 12in portrait-style touchscreen and 12.3-in instrument screen 
 10-way electrically-adjustable seats 
 Two-zone Climatronic A/C 
 Light Assist 
 Lane Assist. 
Those who really like their toys can go to the PanAmerica models (from €68,620): 
 Rugged X-shaped bumpers 
 LED rear lights 

 Black styling bars and step bars 
 Leather seat trims 
 Dedicated navigation system 
 640-watt Harmon Kardon sound system 
 Ambient lighting 
 Electrically-adjustable passenger seats 
 Black headliner 
 360-degree camera. 
The top of the range Aventura models (from €70,890) adds the further features if: 
 20in alloys 
 Body coloured sports bars 
 Chrome step bars. 

All Amarok models fitted with 12in infotainment systems are also equipped with VW 
Connect Navigation. This package includes Online Traffic Information, Online Route 
Calculation, Online Map Updates, POI Search, information on parking spaces and 
filling stations, and real-time weather updates. The WeConnect ID. App allows 
owners to interact using their smartphones while an integrated eSIM means 
infotainment updates can be carried out over the air. 
Speaking at the launch of the new Amarok, Kim Kilduff, Head of Sales and Marketing 
at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland, said: “The first-generation Amarok 
brought pick-ups to the mainstream and this second-generation model is an upgrade 
in every way. It’s a charismatic vehicle with plenty of presence, on and off the road. 
The premium finish and refined driving experience have elevated it to another level 
while even the most challenging off-road experience cannot phase it. We knew we 
were getting a substantial upgrade but the last few days have proved the Amarok is 
setting a new benchmark for the pick-up sector here in Ireland.”