Toyota Hilux Vs Volkswagen Amarok

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Here's a comparison between the current Toyota Hilux pickup and the Volkswagen Amarok released on 1 March 2011.

Since we are looking at a utility vehicle as a replacement for the Prado we naturally gravitated to the Hilux but there are so many other choices, it would be silly not to look at the competitors. 

The Amarok will be Volkswagen's first serious attempt at a mass market commercial vehicle in the Hilux utility class. So the two biggest manufacturers in the world go head to head in the pickup market - should be interesting.

We think that Volkswagen is a German version of Toyota in that both make great cars for as many people as possible. So is the Amarok just another Hilux clone? See below for the updated specifications and pictures first impressions and drive review.

See the 2012 updated comparison here!


Volkswagen Amarok 
VS
Toyota Hilux

2012 Hilux Facelift

The Volkswagen Amarok came to our attention during the 2009 Dakar rally as it was used as a official support car. What better place to try out the newest 4x4 vehicle than the toughest rally on the planet. VW is not new to commercials offering a huge number of commercial vans so the Amarok should be pretty decent. Personally a new Kombi van would be perfect for us if designed right.

The new Amarok looks conservatively good but has already aged when viewed next to the Hilux, Navara and the all new BT-50 and even the Ranger. The quality of interior is virtually identical to the Hilux except for the VW design theme including softer interior parts but overall plain. The 2 tone plastics is a nice touch but if the 2012 Ford Ranger and the Mazda BT-50 interiors are to be believed they will make the new Amarok and Hilux look positively ancient. The Amarok is not perfect when it comes to interior packaging if you see our initial impressions below.

The Amarok comes only as a diesel manual dual cab utility 4x4 so it fits in our shopping list. A single cab version apparently due sometime in late 2011. Lots are still unknowns about the range but as you can see by the specifications it'll probably do OK.

The Amarok will probably be the safest pickup too having switchable ABS and traction control and LSD. Since everything is switchable it should go well on some off-road track too! Unfortunately the higher spec when combined with AWD does not have low range gearing so not as capable as it's competitors.

As for its competitors stay tuned for some more comparisons over the next few months. Even with the new Amarok out our personal leader board includes (update November 2011) :
1 - Ranger/BT-50
2 - Navara
3 - Hilux
4 - Amarok
 


Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...
AUGUST 2010

Toyota Hilux
2010 FROM $44,500-$56,000 AUD
2011 FROM $40,490 AUD

VW Amarok
2011 FROM $43,990-58,990 AUD

 

 

A direct comparison revealed that the Amarok has interior packaging issues. The Amarok does not have enough places for trade people or any normal person to store stuff around the cabin and it even has a tiny glovebox and center armrest! Most critically you will find it hard to install CB equipment and other after aftermarket comms systems. Strangely for a new design there is zero places to store for your mobile phone within reach - cup holders don't count since they will have drink containers in them. Under seat storage may be useful for families but imagine the conversation in a work environment -' excuse me while I reach between your crotch for my phone - honest its under your seat'.

As side from the lack of low range gearing and an automatic on most models, the other huge question mark is the running costs for the new Amarok. Every VW has significantly high running costs after a few years and the Amarok will be no different. Drive report soon.

Toyota Hilux Volkswagen Amarok (4x4 MY2011)


See why we use PR photos!

Engines  
1GR-FE (modified)
V6 Petrol
Twin Cam with VVTi EFI
4 Litre (3956cc)
Claimed 175Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 376Nm @ 3800RPM (MANUAL)
Claimed 343Nm @ 3800RPM (AUTO)

1KD-FTV (modified)
IL4 DOHC Diesel
Turbo-charged - Intercooler
Direct Injection - Common Rail
3 Litre (2982cc)
Claimed 126Kw @ 3600RPM
Claimed 343Nm @ 1400-3400RPM

2TR-FE (modified)
IL4 Petrol
DOHC 16 valve with VVTi
2.7 Litre (2693cc)
Claimed 116Kw @ 5200RPM
Claimed 240Nm @ 3800RPM
 

TSI300
2 Litre (1968cc) Petrol
DOHC 16 Valve with EFI
Turbo charged with intercooler
Claimed 118Kw @ 3800 RPM
Claimed 300Nm @ 1600 RPM

CDBA TDI340
IL4 Diesel
DOHC 16 Valve with EFI
Direct Injection - Common Rail
Turbo charged with intercooler
2 Litre (1968cc)
Claimed 90Kw @ 3750 RPM
Claimed 340Nm @ 1750 RPM
Note The Amarok uses a 2 litre engine and high pressure turbo!

DDCA TDI400
IL4 Diesel
DOHC 16 Valve with EFI
Direct Injection - Common Rail
Turbo charged with intercooler
2 Litre (1968cc)
Claimed 120Kw @ 4000 RPM
Claimed 400Nm @ 1500-2000 RPM
Note The Amarok uses a 2 litre engine and high pressure turbo!

DDCA TDI420 (TBA)
2 Litre (1968cc) Diesel
DOHC 16 Valve with EFI
Direct Injection - Common Rail
Turbo charged with intercooler
Claimed 132Kw @ 4000 RPM
Claimed 420Nm @ 1500 RPM

Weight  
1825 - 1905Kg
Towing capacity up to 2250kg
Up to 2110Kg
Towing capacity up to 2800kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 76 litres
IL6 Petrol 13-13.3 lts per 100km
IL4 Diesel 8.2-9.3 lts per 100km
Up to 80 litres
IL4 Diesel 7.9 lts per 100km
Other specifications  
5 or 4 speed Auto or 5 speed manual
Overall height/Overall width 1810/1835
Overall length/Wheelbase 5255/3085
Tray L1520 x W1515 x D450 mm
Total payload capability 1000kg (Approx)
NCAP safety rating 4/5
6 speed manual or 8 speed Auto
Overall height/Overall width 1835/1954
Overall length/Wheelbase 5254/3095
Tray L1555 x W1222-1620 x D508 mm
Total payload capability 1000kg?? (Approx)
NCAP safety rating ?/5
Capability  
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 30
Departure 23-26
Breakover N/A
Minimum ground clearance 292mm
Water Fording depth 700mm Max
Part-time 4x4
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 28
Departure 23
Breakover N/A
Minimum ground clearance 429mm
Water Fording depth 500mm Max
All Wheel Drive or 2WD
Performance Performance

Performance figures

0-100kph 11.1secs (diesel)

Pricing  
2010 FROM $44500-$56,000 AUD
2011 FROM $40,490 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing and specials accessories etc...
 
2011 FROM $43,990-58,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing and specials accessories etc...


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