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How safe is the new Volkswagen Amarok? Second-gen ute scores five star rating from ANCAP


The new Amarok scored particularly well in the areas of adult and child occupant protection, scoring 86 percent and 93 percent respectively  

Volkswagen’s new-generation Amarok will enter the Australian market with a five-star safety rating, according to Australia’s car testing body ANCAP. 

The Amarok scored 86 percent for adult occupant protection, an impressive 93 percent for child occupant protection, 74 percent for vulnerable road users and 83 percent for safety assist. 

It’s worth noting that the new Amarok gains rear side airbags for the first time – an addition not found on the last generation of Amarok

2023 Volkswagen Amarok ANCAP side impact
The Volkswagen Amarok has received a five-star ANCAP safety rating

What didn’t the Amarok do so well in?

ANCAP noted that the Amarok “could pose a risk for oncoming vehicles in a crash”, much like the related Ford Ranger and other large SUVs on the market.

The safety authority also noted that car-to-pedestrian AEB was rated as ‘adequate’ rather than ‘good’ .

2023 Volkswagen Amarok ANCAP side impact aftermath
The new Volkswagen Amarok after a side-impact hit

Pre-orders for the Volkswagen Amarok are now open, with first deliveries to take place in May 2023. 

What standard safety tech is included with the Volkswagen Amarok?

All 2023 Volkswagen Amaroks come fitted as standard with the following safety features:

  • Nine airbags
  • Autonomous emergency braking 
  • Driver fatigue warning 
  • Hill start assist 
  • Trailer sway control
  • Emergency call feature 
  • Lane keeping and lane departure warning 
  • Swerve steer assist
  • Speed sign recognition 
  • Hill descent control
  • Front and rear park distance control
  • Reversing camera
Volkswagen Amarok Aventura 2023 front 3/4 driving
The all-new Volkswagen Amarok Aventura

On certain models, the following safety assistance features are standard:

  • Side assist and blind-spot monitoring (all but base Core)
  • Front view camera (Style and up)
  • Rear traffic alert (not available on Core)
  • 360-degree camera (not available on Core and Life)
  • Adaptive cruise control (Core)
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go, predictive speed limiter (not available on Core or Life variants)
  • Parking assistance (available on Life, Style, Panamericana and Aventura) 
Volkswagen Amarok Style (Aus) 2023 rear 3/4 driving
Volkswagen will bring several Amarok variants to Australia in 2023

As you might expect with the two vehicles sharing the same platform, the Ford Ranger scored an almost identical safety rating as the new Volkswagen Amarok, with the only difference being a 2 percent lower adult occupant protection score of 84 percent (versus 86 percent for the Amarok). 

It’s worth noting that all Rangers are included, bar the Raptor which is untested.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2023
The current generation T6.2 Ford Ranger Wildtrak

Volkswagen Amarok 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Core 2.0L TDI405 (manual): $50,990 
  • Core 2.0L TDI405 (auto): $52,990 
  • Life 2.0L TDI500 (auto): $56,990
  • Style 2.0L TDI500 (auto): $66,990
  • Style V6 3.0L TDI600 (auto): $70,990 
  • PanAmericana V6 3.0L TDI600 (auto): $75,990 
  • Aventura V6 3.0L TDI600 (auto): $79,990
  • Aventura 2.3L TSI452 (auto): $79,990