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

By Toby Hagon, 30 Jan 2019 4x4 Comparisons

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

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

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.

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…

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.