The pearl in the battle of the dual cabs oyster is the Volkswagen Amarok, in particular the as tested TDI 420 Highline Dual Cab. What sets it apart in this close fought category? Largely the sophisticated driveline. With a 2.0-litre four-cylinder biturbo-diesel producing figures of 132kW / 420Nm. It’s the quietest, most refined unit and coupled to a class leading 8-speed automatic.
Currently there’s no better driving dual cab than the Amarok. It lacks the toughness and ground clearance of some others, but has beautifully light, comfort focused tuned steering. It’s on the cusp of a decent SUV the way it drives. It’s the sort of truck a hesitant wife would learn to appreciate. While still possessing the generic looks of most of the current crop it still looks and feels better put together.
Plus despite being easier to live with the Amarok is still functional and versatile. With 4Motion, a permanent all-wheel-drive system and massive tray it’s simply all good news for the Volkswagen work and play knockabout. An EFTM Best shoo-in.
Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.