With the 2017 Ranger offering the high levels of equipment and SUV-like driving ...
With the 2017 Ranger offering the high levels of equipment and SUV-like driving characteristics, you would think the Amarok would have its hands full, if it didn’t have that one ace up its sleeve, that is.
The Ranger will impress right off a bat with its 8 touchscreen running SYNC3, its safety and driver assistance tech, the amount of room inside the cabin. In XLT trim, you even get the heads-up display, which is great to have in the compact pickup/ute.
With the Amarok, the infotainment system has the smaller touchscreen display, and while you do get connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it’s not as impressive the system as the one in the Ranger overall – plus, it is not as spacious nor as tech-savvy as its rival.
Still, as you are about to see in this CarAdvice comparison review, the Amarok does prove its worth in other departments, such as performance, and where its 3.0-liter V6 TDI unit is good for 224 PS and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) of torque.
The Ranger on the other hand uses the 3.2-liter 5-cylinder diesel unit, with 200 PS and 470 Nm (346 lb-ft) of torque. While you could argue that the difference doesn’t sound all that massive, during 0-100-0 tests, the Volkswagen Amarok easily pulled ahead thanks to its faster acceleration times.
In the end, both are very competent vehicles, with similar price tags, customers need only decide which one is the better fit for them and their lifestyle.
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