Toyota Hilux VS Volkswagen Amarok Comparison Test Car Reviews NRMA… — Volkswagen Amarok

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Toyota HiLux Vs Volkswagen Comparison Test

Toyota’s market-leading legend, the HiLux, on Volkswagen’s Amarok. Is the king to be dethroned? Trent Nikolic out.

It doesn’t get much significant in off-road or worksite than the legendary Toyota Not when it comes to utility anyway… but, new kid on the block, has plenty of pedigree when it to building utes.

See, way in 1952, you could buy a single-cab Screen Kombi. A dual-cab not long after, so the Amarok VW’s first effort by any It’s fitting then the manufacturer of the original ‘people’s should contest the space by the current ‘people’s utility’.

testing a top-spec HiLux SR5 cab with turbo-diesel and manual Similarly, we have a top-spec Ultimate (a Highline, which is than the HiLux by a few hundred and features selectable four-wheel wasn’t available at the time of our with twin-turbo diesel and gearbox. The HiLux rings the at $55,690 and the Amarok at $58,490. The differences between the two vehicles are the trim in Amarok – HiLux has – and the low-range system in HiLux – Ultimate runs permanent drive rather than four-wheel drive (this is in other model Amaroks).


The Toyota has a certain beauty about it; purposeful, and with no unnecessary embellishments or there’s nothing there a styling perspective that need to be there.

From a perspective, the air-intake is up nice and in the engine bay making water and dusty roads a breeze, the steps are tough and positioned so you can actually use them, and there are sturdy tie downs in the load Our test model had the optional tray liner, which is a choice for dirty weekends, and are genuine recovery points and rear.

Like the HiLux, the is well served with points that actually decent side steps and an that is up out of the way of water. No matter how you it, the Amarok is a good-looking beast and big too.

From mirror-to-mirror, the is 120mm wider than the which makes for a much cabin. And that’s mirrored in the of the car; between the wheel in the tray the Amarok is nearly wider, which is seriously when you’re lugging sized loads.

Engine matters

VW’s makes up for its small capacity an impossible amount of flexible that is delivered right you need it. The engine is a 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel, 120kW at 4000rpm and 400Nm just off idle at 1500rpm – Thanks to two turbochargers working in there’s almost no let-up in and virtually no lag either.

Mated to the of the engine is an excellent six-speed (no auto available yet and this hinder the initial take-up of the It offers a short throw and is weighted so that you never get up on gates as you do with some manual transmissions in utes we’re talking about agricultural manual).

The HiLux with a tried and true that was perfected in Prado and into HiLux. That is, a capacity four-cylinder and five-speed gearbox. We specified a manual in test vehicle given the is currently only available a manual — most these days would opt for an

And it’s easy to see why, the ‘box in the HiLux does the but it’s nowhere near as or easy to use as the Amarok’s manual.

The 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine is, the Amarok, also an inline but is significantly larger in capacity and a bit less refined. Electronic Injection helps to deliver at 3600rpm and only 343Nm 1400 – 3400rpm. It’s a difference in torque and thanks to the coming in a little earlier you ever feel like the is left wanting.

In terms of consumption the Amarok, which is a bit bigger than the HiLux, 8.5L/100km on the combined cycle, but it was pipped by the HiLux, which 8.4L/100km – not bad, given the is 200kg heavier. The fuel capacities are close too, 76L for and 80L for Amarok.

Behind the wheel

The gets steering wheel-mounted the Amarok does not. And at the part of $55k, we reckon wheel controls are a must.

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the Amarok is lavished with but sturdy leather, the HiLux hard-wearing cloth. Where the gets more exclusive gauges and switchgear, the HiLux a basic arrangement that very plain and dated. The also misses out on the soft-touch and leather wrap steering

And speaking of the steering wheel, drivers will find the mounted steering wheel seems to sit right in your annoying. Not so the Amarok, which more car-like in the driving it offers.

Vision on both is excellent, although the bigger on the Amarok provide slightly vision for shoulder checks, in such a big vehicle.


The is on another planet entirely to any other utility we’ve And the reason for that is because of the of the leaf springs at the rear. than using the traditional position of underneath the chassis the Amarok’s springs are mounted and up alongside the chassis rails. It not sound like much of a but it makes a significant reduction in the effect of a normal unladen cab utility.

The steering is also brilliant in the Amarok: turn-in is and there’s decent weight – hard to believe we’re about a workhorse. In corners, and comes back to the position of the springs, the Amarok feels no matter the road surface, minimal body roll and it off mid-corner bumps like no ute on the market.

On road, the HiLux is letdown by its off-road and by being unladen. It and bounces and is more affected by changes than the Amarok. the VW, the HiLux is beginning to feel a one-trick pony. And thanks to four-wheel drive, against the constant four-wheel drive, the feels less composed, or confidence inspiring in all situations the Amarok.

While the clutch is softer and has less feel and the is longer and less precise the Amarok, we quite like the first gear which a smoother take off from, traffic lights. You’re not for second gear, like you are in the

Head into the rough and the playing field starts to out, but that’s only the Amarok Ultimate is permanent drive only. You have to lower down the food for an Amarok that runs So, it’s only a lack of low in this particular test that stopped it from up the nastiest of tracks we pointed it at. said, very few four-wheel even with low-range made it to the top of the particular hill we driving on.

The HiLux’s longer travel is slightly more suited to work and traction control a massive difference when start to get slippery. Ground is almost identical between the but the HiLux’s harder springs it bottoms out less in the really stuff than the Amarok. But the Amarok has the best under protection of any ute on the market. Approach, and ramp over angles for vehicles are excellent.

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