2014 Amarok Highline Review
Owner review by: Brett
Spec level: Highline
Engine capacity: 2.0-litre
Fuel type: Diesel
Owned: 2 Years 4 months
Uses: Family car | Off-road | Touring and camping | Towing | For work
PROS: Looks| Power | How it drives
Would you buy this car again? YES
Always been a Holden man so went and test drove a Colorado first. Let’s just say there isn’t enough words to describe how bad it was, so then thought we’d better test drive a few others including the D-Max, BT 50 and Amarok as others in the class were due upgrades.
Couldn’t bring myself to drive a Ranger as was a Holden man at that stage, so the Mazda twin got a drive. As I say to my mates looking for a dual cab, as soon as you drive an Amarok there is no other choice. The drive-ability is supurb.
It’s such a smooth combo, the 2.0 matched with the 8 speed auto, and the ride and handling when empty is very car like. Yes I had my doubts about the power before I drove it but they were unfounded.
I have put a one tonne Bulka bag of fert or grain on a pallet (only tray in class that a pallet fits into) in the back and it wasn’t a problem.
We also tow a Jayco Swan Outback and you hardly notice it on the back. The quality of the interior also was a standout, especially when compared to the Colorado.
As a diesel mechanic I service it myself and have had one claim on warranty for a pinion oil seal on the rear diff. The guys at Dwyers Volkswagen were terrific.
Off road wise, we have done Fraser Island and some other sand driving as well as down the paddock on the family farm in the mud and it hasn’t let me down yet!
So with 53,000km on the clock I couldn’t be happier that I made the switch. My wife loves driving it and it handles family use, work and play to the highest standard.
My mate with his Ranger wished he had driven one before he bought his and to me that says a lot.