There are certain vehicles that meet your expectations and then there are those that exceed it. This new Amarok is called the Ultimate Special Edition and it really sets a benchmark for others to follow. Having never driven the Volkswagen Amarok I really didn’t know what to expect. If you want to transport or tow a load of equipment in luxury, then this is for you.
Volkswagen has described the Ultimate Special Edition as a showcase of its purposeful design and premium features. The Ultimate is hard to miss. Riding on 19-inch Aragonit alloys, its available in Reflex Silver and Deep Black with unique decals and stripes just to remind you and others that this is no ordinary Amarok. Silver wing mirrors, chrome stainless steel sports bar and side steps, darkened tail light lenses, chrome radiator grille and Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights complete the exterior look.
It’s worth noting that this is the first Amarok to feature LED daytime running lights which offer improved lighting and also gives the front end an up to date look.
On the inside the Ultimate Special Edition is a nice place to be. You can feel the quality the moment you get in. There is ample legroom in the double cab body style and both driver and passenger are treated to heated seats and those in the rear have the benefit of privacy glass. Standard equipment includes Alcantara-trimmed seats, sat nav, park distance control with reverse camera, heated and adjustable door mirrors along with the usual build quality you would expect from a Volkswagen.
The 2.5m square load bay is easily accessible and the Ultimate has a 3,000kg towing limit offering both practicality and luxury.7
The Ultimate has the performance to back up its looks with a 2.0 BiTDI under the bonnet with 178bhp and options of six-speed manual or an eight-speed DSG auto and comes with low-range gearing. This version comes with permanent four-wheel drive. For the size of the Amarok it certainly moves and cabin noise is very little unless of course you rev quite hard through the gears. If you just sit back and accelerate through the gears normally then long journeys are a pleasure and something to look forward to as we found out during our test period.
So should you buy one. Well first off this is suited to those doing commercial work. If you want an SUV then you buy an SUV. You don’t buy a Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate to leave the huge loading bay empty and not avail of the excellent towing abilities it offers. Well that’s my opinion anyway. So with that in mind what are your other options. The Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200 or an Isuzu D-Max are all viable options in this class. The difference with the Ultimate Special Edition from the competition is that it’s just at a higher level and comfort and gives some prestige. It offers the same dependability with great looks. It was a pleasure to drive, was surprisingly easy to park thanks to all the gadgetry and I was sad to see it go back. Yes the price tag may be a bit higher but then again you get what you pay for so if you’re tired driving around in a bland commercial vehicle I’d encourage a visit to your local VW dealership. You’ll be surprised how much fun a commercial vehicle can be.
Engine Size 2.0 litre twin-turbo diesel
Fuel Type Diesel
Acceleration (0-100km/h) 11 seconds
Top Speed 179 km/h
Consumption 7.6 L/100km (combined) or 35.3 mpg
CO2 Emissions 211g/km
Base Price €32,540
Our Test Model €54,752