Mercedes X-Class vs Volkswagen Amarok
The brand new Mercedes X-Class is making waves within the pick-up sector, as we discovered in our first group take a look at final Might. It introduced consolation ranges extra akin to an SUV, with out sacrificing its workhorse credentials.
Now there’s a brand new mannequin with much more grunt. This X 350 d has a robust V6 and sits above the four-cylinder model we examined beforehand. To match it there’s additionally a brand new challenger from Volkswagen. The Amarok has been given a stronger V6 to match the Mercedes’.
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Each fashions have the identical energy output and price greater than £47,000, so are the priciest, most premium pick-ups round. However which monster truck is the higher purchase?
|Mannequin:||Mercedes X 350 d V6 4MATIC Energy||Volkswagen Amarok 3.Zero V6 TDI 258PS 4MOTION Aventura|
|Worth:||£47,412 (incl. VAT)||£47,921 (incl. VAT)|
|Engine:||3.0-litre V6 diesel||3.0-litre V6 diesel|
|Transmission:||Seven-speed automated, four-wheel drive||Eight-speed automated, four-wheel drive|
|0-60mph:||7.5 seconds||7.Zero seconds|
|Check economic system:||27.2mpg/6.0mpl||27.0mpg/5.9mpl|
|Choices:||Metallic paint (£630), COMAND On-line Nav (£2,748), Fashion bundle (£1,218), Parking bundle (£1,128), black leather-based (£1,098), diff lock (£612), elevated floor clearance (£270), roof liner (£264), 19-inch alloys (£600), roll-top cowl (£1,772), tow bar (£325), load mattress liner (£300)||Aventura-specific model pack, together with metallic paint (£2,862)|
For: Comfy experience, highly effective V6 engine, high-quality cabin is extra car-like than rivals’
Towards: New V6 engine is noisier than four-cylinder motor, transmission is torpid, choices are costly
This new X-Class and the high-spec Amarok supply one thing a bit totally different to most different pick-up vehicles. They’re designed to attraction to patrons on the lookout for a bit extra luxurious and high quality, with out sacrificing the flexibility and practicality of a truck. This Mercedes X 350 d V6 provides to that attraction with easy efficiency.
Whereas the engine revs easily, it’s surprisingly noisy. The X-Class’s V6 makes much less of a racket at idle, however the motor is definitely louder than the Volkswagen’s on the transfer, significantly if the transmission shifts down and flares up the revs.
The brand new seven-speed automated field is a weak level, too, as a result of it’s gradual to reply. That is most noticeable at a junction the place you’ve slowed down and want to hurry up once more rapidly. The gearbox takes for much longer than the VW’s unit to alter down, or to transmit energy when pulling away.
With one fewer ratio than its rival, the Mercedes fell behind in our efficiency assessments as nicely. It took 4 seconds to go from 30-50mph in fourth gear, 1.6 seconds behind the Volkswagen, and 9.7 seconds to cowl 50-70mph in seventh, which was 3.Three seconds adrift of the Amarok.
That’s to not say it’s gradual, nonetheless; each of those high-powered vehicles ship a powerful flip of pace, nevertheless it’s the in-gear torque which would be the greatest profit when full of a payload. We recorded a 0-60mph time of simply 7.5 seconds within the X 350 d, half a second slower than the Amarok.
Vehicles like these typically wrestle to regulate their weight as a result of their suspension set-up is designed to maximise payload, however Mercedes has managed to supply a carrying capability of 1,067kg with out adversely affecting the standard of the experience.
It’s not night time and day subsequent to the Amarok, which can be among the many better-riding vehicles, however the X-Class definitely has the sting for consolation. It doesn’t skip and shuffle over bumps as a lot because the VW, and the rear finish isn’t as juddery with an empty mattress. The Mercedes is extra car-like to drive than the Amarok, and the additional composure means it’s a refined cruiser. However neither mannequin is that sharp to drive.
There are extra soft-touch plastics on the sprint prime and doorways of the X-Class than within the VW, together with metal-effect trim to make the within look extra just like the model’s automotive vary. Nonetheless, this stemmed from our take a look at mannequin’s expensive £1,098 leather-based inside bundle possibility, plus Mercedes’ 8.4-inch COMAND infotainment, at a steep £2,748. High-spec Energy trim brings a reversing digicam, cruise management, electrical seats, local weather management and man-made leather-based upholstery as normal.
- • Infotainment: Non-obligatory sat-nav system in X-Class comes from older-generation Mercedes vehicles. It appears slightly dated, though so does the VW’s smaller set-up
- • Dashboard: Comfortable-touch plastics and metal-effect sprint give the Mercedes a extra upmarket look than the Volkswagen
- • Storage: There’s no apparent place to place your telephone, aside from within the cup-holder. It’s not superb
For: Robust efficiency, comparatively refined, good degree of kit fitted as normal
Towards: Lesser specs higher worth than costly Aventura trim, not as snug because the Mercedes
As with the X-Class, the Amarok is barely obtainable as a double-cab truck, however in contrast to its rival, the Volkswagen comes completely with V6 engines. Whereas there are three outputs, the Aventura is barely supplied with probably the most highly effective 254bhp mannequin we’re testing; this additionally completely options an eight-speed automated gearbox and everlasting four-wheel drive.
The transmission is as easy because the Mercedes’ seven-speed in auto mode, but it shifts up and down extra rapidly when wanted. Because of the additional gear, VW was capable of shorten every ratio in flip, which boosts the V6’s efficiency additional. The 254bhp, 580Nm unit is unimaginable. It took the Amarok from 0-60mph in seven seconds, half a second quicker than its rival (and, amazingly, faster than a Ford Fiesta ST).
The VW clocked 2.5 seconds from 30-50mph in third gear, and in fourth gear it wanted simply 2.Four seconds to do the identical dash, which demonstrates simply how torquey this engine is. That capacity will assist with pulling heavy hundreds, aiding flexibility. The X-Class took 3.Zero and 4.Zero seconds respectively.
On the transfer the VW’s V6 is quieter, too. It’s much less harsh and you may preserve it in a better gear extra of the time and make use of the low-down grunt. The Amarok has a standard ladder chassis and leaf-spring rear suspension, so it tends to shudder and crash if you happen to don’t have something within the load bay. Whereas the motion of the suspension is extra noticeable on a rustic highway than in its rival, the VW isn’t uncomfortable and it’s solely slightly behind the X-Class’s cruising refinement on the motorway.
It’s a bit simpler to drive, too, as a result of the Amarok has higher ahead visibility and lighter steering than the Mercedes. Additionally, since the VW’s field is extra responsive, you’re not left ready for it to catch up.
However whereas car-like experience consolation and an upmarket inside go some approach to justifying the excessive value Mercedes asks for its new pick-up, the Amarok nonetheless looks like a working car, even in prime Aventura spec. The sprint is manufactured from onerous plastic that hampers perceived high quality subsequent to the X 350 d. Nonetheless, the VW’s normal Nappa leather-based seats really feel good and are snug. This trim additionally will get LED lights, 20-inch alloy wheels and a ‘sports bar’ over the rear window.
A £306 differential lock is out there to spice up the Volkswagen’s rugged efficiency, and there’s an off-road driving mode with automated hill descent management. This was simply pretty much as good because the Mercedes’ when going by way of deep mud off the overwhelmed observe.
Aventura trim additionally comes with a 6.33-inch Uncover Nav infotainment system that features smartphone connectivity, parking sensors, a reversing digicam and trailer stability management.
- • Infotainment: Amarok incorporates a 6.33-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included as normal. Useful buttons across the edges make the system simpler to make use of
- • Gearbox: Eight-speed auto shifts extra rapidly in guide mode than the seven-speed within the X-Class
- • Seats: Each vehicles function leather-based seats, they usually’re additionally electronically adjustable, which helps you discover a good driving place
First place: Volkswagen Amarok
The Amarok isn’t fairly as snug or upmarket inside because the Mercedes, nevertheless it’s a greater pick-up. It has extra headroom, in-cab storage and cargo bay area, will get extra normal package and the engine and gearbox are a greater match, too. The motor is extremely highly effective, serving to to justify the VW’s value.
Second place: Mercedes X-Class
There’s no query that the X-Class is probably the most luxurious truck round. However this V6 model suffers from a lazy field and noisy engine that detract from the attraction. It’s not as nicely outfitted because the VW, and the choice packs are expensive. Nonetheless, it’s surprisingly snug for a flexible workhorse.