Now that Mercedes-Benz has revealed its new flagship X-Class double-cab bakkie’s vital statistics, we have the chance to see how it stacks up against the most potent version of Volkswagen’s Amarok.

While we look forward to driving the new X350d 4Matic back to back with the Amarok 3,0 V6 TDI after the local launch of the former, for now we’ll have to be content with comparing the two on paper (although take note that Mercedes has yet to release local pricing).

So, just how do these two brutal bakkies compare? Let’s find out by having a look at five basic areas…

1. Engine

In its most potent state, the 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel in the Volkswagen Amarok is worth 165 kW and 550 N.m, with the latter on offer from 1 400 to 2 750 r/min. Interestingly, an overboost function raises those outputs to 180 kW and 580 N.m for 10 second periods.

Mercedes-Benz X350d vs. Volkswagen Amarok 3,0 V6 TDI
The X350d, meanwhile, makes 190 kW and 550 N.m from its 3,0-litre V6, with maximum torque spread across a wider band, between 1 400 and 3 200 r/min.

2. Transmission

The flagship Amarok boasts an eight-speed automatic transmission (with sport mode and paddle shifters), with VW claiming that the high number of cogs allows the TDI engine to works “even more efficiently” across the rev range. The X-Class, meanwhile, makes use of a seven-speed automatic transmission, also with paddle shifters.

Mercedes-Benz X350d vs. Volkswagen Amarok 3,0 V6 TDI
The Stuttgart-based brand’s bakkie furthermore features a “Dynamic Select” system with five driving modes, each modifying the transmission's shift points and engine’s characteristics.

3. All-wheel-drive system

Range-topping, V6-powered Amarok models feature 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive and a Torsen differential, along with an electronic differential lock (a mechanical rear-axle differential lock is also available).

Mercedes-Benz X350d vs. Volkswagen Amarok 3,0 V6 TDI
The X350d employs 4Matic permanent all-wheel drive with low-range reduction gear and an also-optional rear-axle differential lock. The Benz’s system features a two-stage transfer case fitted with a central differential of planetary design, and comes with three driving modes (4Mat, 4H and 4L).

4. Claimed acceleration

So, to the obligatory 0-100 km/h sprint times. The Amarok completes the dash in a claimed 8,0 seconds (although we achieved a figure of 7,82 on our test strip), while the X350d does it in a claimed 7,9 seconds. Wolfsburg’s bakkie tops out at 193 km/h, while Stuttgart’s manages 205 km/h.

Mercedes-Benz X350d vs. Volkswagen Amarok 3,0 V6 TDI
5. Claimed consumption

VW says the 165 kW Amarok sips at 9,0 L/100 km with a corresponding CO2 figure of 236 g/km, while Mercedes says the X350d (provisionally) manages the same consumption, while emitting 237 g/km.

Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below…

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