Welcome to the Volkswagen Amarok 2018 homepage, where you can find all the latest news and reviews on the Volkswagen pickup. The Volkswagen Amarok is one of the most expensive pickups, but is extremely comfortable and offers the largest load area of any double cab.

5th in the 2017 Pickup Truck Reliability Survey

6th in the 2017 Best Selling Pickup Trucks UK

Introduced: 2011 (latest update 2016)

Built: Hannover, Germany

Trim levels: Startline, Trendline and Highline (plus various special editions)

Variants: Double cab

Warranty: 3 years, 100,000 miles

Volkswagen Amarok 2018 reviews

VW Amarok DPF problems
VW Amarok DPF problems
There have been various VW Amarok DPF problems reported to us by readers over the past couple of years, and
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VW Amarok Aventura 258PS
VW Amarok Aventura
The VW Amarok Aventura is available for a second time. The Aventura replaces the Dark Label as the current limited-edition
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VW Amarok AdBlue consumption
When the 3.0TDi V6 engines were rolled out 2016, Volkswagen had to introduce AdBlue to the Amarok for the first
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Volkswagen Amarok 2018 technical information

Payload range: 1,099kg to 1,282kg

Towing capacity: 3.1 tonnes

Load bed length: 1,555mm

Load bed width: 1,620mm

Engine: Audi 2,967cc CR V6 engine

Performance: 161hp/450Nm, 201hp/500Nm, 254hp/580Nm

Transmission: 6 speed manual or 8 speed automatic


Volkswagen can trace its roots in this sector to the Type 2 Pickup of 1952, which was based on the world-famous ‘Splitscreen’. The German company continued to offer pickup variants of its Transporter vans for many years, but developed its first dedicated pickup in 1978; the Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup for American audiences.

However, it wasn’t until 1989 that Volkswagen offered its first one-tonne pickup with a 4WD system. The Volkswagen Taro was a badge-engineered Toyota Hilux and some variants were built at VW’s factory in Hanover but sales were poor and the partnership come to an end in 1997.

For over a decade, Volkswagen was without a one-tonne pickup, which left a huge hole in its otherwise successful vehicle portfolio. In the mid-2000’s, VW realised it could no longer ignore the pickup market if it was to challenge Toyota for global dominance in the automotive industry and work began on developing its very own pickup.

The ‘Search and Rescue Pickup’ concept made its debut at the IAA Show in 2009 and – with the ‘Amarok’ name – finally entered Volkswagen Van Centre dealerships in 2011. In 2016, the Amarok experienced its first update, which included new technology and a more powerful 3.0-litre V6 engine.