Share this article
Lots of manufacturers like to put out a glitzy version of a pick-up. They don’t always pull it off with VW Amarok Canyon panache

Volkswagen Amarok Canyon 2.0 BiTDI 4MOTION Permanent 180hp auto

What is it?

VOLKSWAGEN’S sleek and sexy Amarok took the awards for Best Double Cab pick-up and Best Utility pick-up in our inaugural 2014 Business Vans Awards earlier this year.

Our test vehicle – an Amarok Canyon – is a special limited-edition model, which went on sale from 1 April; only 350 Canyons will be offered in the UK.

The VW Amarok Canyon is based on the Trendline trim version but is laden with lavish hi-tech features.

It has more than £8500-worth of extra equipment including satellite navigation with a six-inch colour touchscreen, Bluetooth, ‘unique’ styling bars, 19in Cantera alloys and heated leather seats.

The Amarok carries off the styling without looking naff because it’s so well built. And never mind that stuff in the back, it’ll carry 1077kg in a Euro pallet when you need it

Other goodies include front and rear parking sensors, privacy glass, a protective coating for the load area, a matt black roll cover, interior floor mats and high-gloss black side styling bars and rear bumper.

The Amarok Canyon’s styling is carried inside where there’s a combination of Nappa and Vienna leather upholstery in two-tone Moonrock (light grey) and Anthracite (dark grey).  A leather-covered steering wheel and gear knob with sporty orange stitching adds to the Canyon’s exclusive cachet.

When ordered in Copper Orange, like the test vehicle, the air vent surrounds are matched to the exterior colour. On the Deep Black and Reflex Silver models you have to make to with Matt Chrome.

And if all of that isn’t enough, you can add an optional roof light bar for £945 (ex-VAT). That seems a bit steep to us for four Hella driving lamps mounted on a colour-keyed roofbar, but it does look good!

The Canyon is powered by Volkswagen’s top-of-the-range 2.0-litre BiTDI 180hp engine, which produces a muscular 420Nm of torque. You can choose between a 6-speed manual with selectable 4MOTION (but hurry up – there are only 50 of these) or an 8-speed auto with permanent 4MOTION.

Our test vehicle was 8-speed auto version and this comes with BlueMotion Technology modifications, which include low rolling-resistance tyres, Start/Stop, and regenerative braking systems for better economy and emissions.

On the road, the VW Amarok Canyon feels solid and well-built. There’s power aplenty from the smooth, torquey bi-turbo diesel which will propel the pick-up from 0-62mph in 11.3 seconds, and on to a top speed of 108mph. The automatic box is an absolute joy, producing seamlessly slick changes.

And it rides and handles well, too. The steering is precise and the full-time four-wheel-drive system is sure-footed. You’ll forget you’re driving a pick-up that can lug a 1077kg payload and fit a Euro pallet on the loadbed.

60mph in around 11 seconds wouldn’t be out of place in a car

Handling benefits from the ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) incorporating ABS, Brake Assist System (BAS), and Traction Control System (TCS).

There’s also Hill Hold Assist and, when it comes to dealing with more difficult terrain, the Amarok has off-road ABS, Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), and Hill Descent Control. There’s even Trailer Stability Control.

A hint of what to expect inside – all very comforting

If (or when) you need to venture off tarmac, it’s a simple matter of selecting the ‘off-road’ button by the gearshift.

The Amarok acquits itself well on low-traction surfaces and unless your business involves serious mud-plugging, it should be up to the type of duty you could reasonably expect.

The cab is a delightful place to be.

The controls and instruments have all the well designed yet functional qualities typical of Volkswagen. The leather seating is verging on the sumptuous. It’s comfortable and cosseting, and the stylish trim touches add to the feeling of luxury.

Rear-seat passengers will be happy too, with ample leg room.

The Amarok Canyon comes with a very practical roll-top cover over the loadbed. It locks securely and should be good enough to keep your gear safe. For bulky loads, just roll it back.

All Volkswagens  come with a three-year/100,000-mile warranty and three years of Volkswagen Assistance. Service intervals are determined by driving style and usage, and can vary from a minimum of 9000 miles or one year, to a maximum of 25,000 miles or two years.



It’ll also do more than most businesses will ever need off road

What’s hot?

  • Looks fantastic – it’ll stand out and ooze style for your business.
  • Great build quality – the VW Amarok Canyon feels solid and well built.
  • Superb engine and gearbox coupled with comfortable ride and good handling.
  • Loaded with high-end extras.
  • It’s practical, too – if a pick-up works for your business, here’s one that will do what’s required while still providing luxury transport when off duty.


What’s not?

  • Not much! Over-zealous parking sensors is one irritation – beeping constantly when you park in a tight space.
  • It’s also quite pricey, but you probably wouldn’t buy this pick-up if that were a major concern.


Business Vans verdict

It’ll come as no surprise that we like the limited-edition Amarok Canyon.

If  you don’t need anything more than a pick-up for your operation, or a double-cab fulfils one of your business transport needs, there’s a great deal to be said for the Volkswagen Amarok – and the limited-edition Canyon shouts it out loud.

For something slightly more workmanlike, click here for our review of the VW Amarok Highline.


What you need to know

On the road price ex VAT (as tested):£30,720
Load length:1555mm
Load width (max):1620mm
Load height (max):N/A
Load capacity:N/A
Towing capacity braked/unbraked:3200kg/750kg
Engine:2.0-litre 4-cyl tubodiesel
Economy (combined):35.3mpg
CO2 emissions:211g/km


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here