2019 Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate 580 vs Mercedes-Benz X350d: video review

V6-powered Germans rock the top-end dual-cab segment.

2019 Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate 580 vs Mercedes-Benz X350d video review
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MERCEDES-BENZ has unleashed its V6-powered X350d in an attempt to cash in on a booming top-end dual-cab segment. In its way, however, is fellow German, Volkswagen’s Amarok 580.

Both are powered by turbo-diesel V6 engines and both generate 190kW; the VW gets an extra 30Nm.

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Off-road and the Amarok benefits from a high-range full-time 4WD system; the X-Class utilises a dual-range full-time set-up. Ground clearance is tipped in the X350d’s favour, as it gets an extra 30mm of clearance and 100mm of wading depth.

The as-tested X350d Power also gets locking diffs, fake leather, side steps and a tow bar.

The top-of-the-range Ultimate 580 is specced up with alloy pedals, steel side steps with LEDs, a mixture of real and faux leather, heated front seats, but no rear airbags…

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Watch the above video to witness the two V6 Germans play in the Australian bush, or pick up a copy of the February issue of 4X4 Australia – in stores January 31 – for the comprehensive write-up.

Both vehicles carry a $70K+ price tag, but would you spend almost $80K on a dual-cab ute? Discuss below.

 

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