When the 3.0TDi V6 engines were rolled out 2016, Volkswagen had to introduce AdBlue to the Amarok for the first time in order to meet the stringent Euro-6 emission standard. In this article, we explain what AdBlue is and how it works, how much AdBlue is consumed and how to top it up.
Pickup trucks and AdBlue
Over the past 30 years, the European Commission has been forcing vehicle manufacturers to reduce the amount of tailpipe emissions by imposing limits. Every couple of years, these limits are lowered and they are known as the European Emission Standards.
In September 2016, the sixth edition ‘Euro-6’ was introduced for the registration of all new light commercial vehicles (type approval commenced one year previously), which included pickup trucks. The main focus of Euro-6 was Nitrogen Oxide, and the EC required an 80% reduction compared with Euro-5 levels.
Manufacturers with smaller engines, like Mitsubishi and Isuzu, could get away with a Lean NOx Trap (LNT) but these aren’t effective enough on larger engines like the Volkswagen Amarok’s 3.0TDi V6. Instead, Volkswagen has opted for the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) route, which requires AdBlue.
VW Amarok AdBlue consumption
The size of the AdBlue tank on the Volkswagen Amarok is the smallest of all pickups at just 13 litres (17 on the Navara and 20 on the Ranger). We received our 1,500 mile range warning at 4,100 miles, indicating a range of around 5,600 miles.
There are amber warnings given once you drop below the 1,000 mile range, which then turn to red if not acted upon. If you ignore these warnings further, the engine will not start once the ignition is turned off.
A 10-litre bottle of AdBlue can be purchased from most service stations and they cost around £10, and can be topped up by pouring it down the filler pipe marked ‘AdBlue’ next to the diesel filler pipe.