VOLKSWAGEN has replaced the Amarok’s four-pot diesel with a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine – a donk similar to that used in the Porsche Cayenne, but with stronger pistons and extra oil capacity for off-road use.
The numbers generated from this class-leading engine are 165kW (180kW on overboost) and 550Nm, digits rarely seen in this dual-cab segment.
To see exactly where the new Amarok sits in the 4x4 pecking order, we took it on an outback drive alongside the top-spec Ford Ranger Wildtrak.
The Ranger’s engine (outputs of 147kW and 470Nm), while comfortable to lope along on light throttle, can’t match the punch or flexibility of the Amarok’s – the Ranger takes more than 10 seconds to reach 100km/h; the Amarok takes less than eight seconds.
Not only does the VW Amarok V6 deliver superior performance, it’s also more refined and offers better noise control.
Both of these high-end utes are more than capable when off the beaten track, but where the Ranger makes up ground on the Amarok is when wading through water. The Ranger has a wading depth of 800mm, 300mm more than the Amarok.
The Ranger can also tow 3500kg compared to the Amarok’s 3000kg limit.
For the complete Volkswagen Amarok V6 versus Ford Ranger Wildtrak comparison, pick up a copy of 4X4 Australia’s February 2017 issue, in stores now.
Pricing for the Amarok V6 starts from $59,990*, while the top-spec Ranger Wildtrak retails for $61,590*.
*Prices do not include on-road costs. 3.2-litre 4x4 dual-cab pick-up automatics only.