The least costly Amarok is the Amarok 2WD, which is aimed at commercial buyers and has 16-inch steel wheels, a four-cylinder engine and an automatic gearbox. (You can no longer get a 2WD manual.)
Spend more for an Amarok Core and you get 4WD, and a choice between manual and auto transmission. The Core has fancier wheels made from aluminium alloy – wrapped in tyres that are useful off-road and on sealed roads. It also has a rear camera to guide you when reversing, and rear parking sensors that tell you how close you are to an obstacle. (The rear camera and sensors are options on the Amarok 2WD.)
Spend more again for a Core Plus and you’ll find carpet on the floor rather than rubber. Windscreen wipers come on automatically when it rains, and headlamps switch on automatically when it gets dark. There are front foglights, front parking sensors, and three additional 12-volt outlets – one on the dashboard, one at the rear of the centre console for rear-seat passengers, and one in the tub. The tailgate is lockable. Wheels are bigger and sportier-looking 17-inch alloys, fitted with lower profile tyres biased more towards road use. On the tub is a sports bar, and there are wheel-arch flares and other styling changes.
The next price-step is to the TDI550 Highline, which brings you the V6 engine, an auto gearbox and 4WD. As well you get satellite navigation, dual-zone air-conditioning (which allows the driver and front seat passenger to set their own cabin temperatures), and sidesteps, which make it easier to enter the car. Headlights are extremely bright bi-xenon units, there are long-lived LED running lights so the car stands out more on dull days. Bigger wheels again (18 inches) are fitted with wider, lower-profile road tyres, and a pressure monitor warns you if a tyre loses air. And if you are driving, you can amplify your voice through the rear speakers – an easy way to make sure rear-seat passengers hear you.
The most expensive Amarok is the TDI550 Ultimate, which in addition lets you control the gearbox from the steering wheel, and trims the cabin in leather. Both front seats are power-adjustable, and heated. There is an extended sports bar for the rear tub, and bigger wheels (19-inches) with even lower profile tyres.
Satellite navigation, heated seats, bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights are available on the Core Plus as an extra-cost option. Leather-trimmed and heated front seats are optional on the TDI550 Highline.