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XCAR: Clash of the Titans: Volkswagen Amarok vs. Toyota Hilux
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XCAR: Clash of the Titans: Volkswagen Amarok vs. Toyota Hilux

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The XCAR team needs a hefty pickup to carry their gear. How does the VW Amarok compare to the legendary Toyota Hilux?

[MUSIC] We've had some pretty cool crew cars in the past. But one that stands out the most, has to be, our invincible Toyota Hilux. The name alone conjures up idealistic images of a fearless hero, fighting a David and Goliath battle, versus a sadistic mother nature, weathering storms, traversing treacherous mountain trails, o,r wading waist deep through swamps. But now we've got a new behemoth in town. The Volkswagen Amarok. A name that in car terms, is a relatively blank slate. It matches the Hilux's imposing stature, but the Hilux's name positively dwarfs it. Can the Amarok even begin to compete with it? I'm here to put it to the test, and try to see objectively, which one has been the better crew car. [MUSIC] People talk about a car's soul, and I feel a large part of that comes from its own legend. The stories, the background, and on that fron,t the Hilux is king of the pickups. It's the benchmark for reliability. The poster boy, the never say die, can't be killed attitude. Our old one has now gone on to bigger and better things, spending its days saving endangered animals. And you can always find a good Hilux story, like one which apparently dragged itself over 40 miles with four American soldiers on board, with its rear drive shaft blown to bits. Or the fact that in New Zealand, there are said to be over 100,000 of them, in a population of only four and a half million. It started way back in 1968, as a compact pickup, and is now on to its seventh generation. So fast forward over 40 years, and you could say the Amarok has got some serious catching up to do. [MUSIC] The Amarok story's slightly more modest. VW's pickup concept was unveiled in 2008. And it was introduced to the world as the Amarok, in 2010. Incidentally, I mentioned the Amarok's name being dwarfed by the Hilux's. But whilst Hilux is short for high luxury, a name that really has no relevance to Hilux's of today. Amarok is Inuit for wolf, which is a lot cooler. Volkswagen has a connection to the name wolf. The Volkswagen Lupo, is Italian for wolf, which was named in homage, to Volkswagen's base and headquarters, in Wolfsburg. But in a short space of time, the Amarok has been very well received. Shortly after its 2010 launch, it was immediately used as a support vehicle on that year's Dakar Rally. Three modified Amaroks this year, broke a Guinness World Record, carrying nine people each, off-road, across the entire length of Russia. In fact, the Royal Netherlands Army, has now replaced its G-Wagons and now uses Amaroks. So, in less than five years, it's actually managed to do quite a lot. [MUSIC] It is unfair, in a way, to directly compare these two vehicles. As our Ian Cook [INAUDIBLE] Hilux, was pimped out to the max. Had bash plates, snorkel, winch, roof rack. Two spare tires, and was jacked up by over 15 millimeters. Although their [INAUDIBLE] are remarkably similar, the four cylinder three liter Hilux, put out 169 BHP. Reached knot 62 in 11.6 seconds, and had a top speed of 109 miles an hour. While the two liter by turbo diesel Amarok, put out 178 brake horse power, reached knots of 62, in 11.3 seconds, and had a top speed of 108 miles an hour. On the road, the Amarok's actually just remarkable. There's been one word that I've thought. The moment I got into this car, I've been driving it for five minutes. And it's a word that's overused in cars, so I don't really like to use it. But it just kept on repeating itself in my head, and it's refined. And this car is remarkably refined for a pickup truck. While the Hilux felt rough and ready, this just feels. Like a high up Golf, it looks like it inside. It's, it's so strange. It's, it is the Volkswagen of pickup tricks. Again, feels like another clich

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