Long Term Update: Volkswagen Amarok Fuel Economy

With the price of diesel soaring 16p per litre over the past 12 months (November 2018), the economy you get on each tank of fuel is increasingly important, especially in an Amarok V6.

The Volkswagen Amarok’s fuel economy has dropped, inevitably, since upsizing to the 3.0TDi V6 engine, according to official figures, to between 32.5 and 34.9mpg – but how does it perform in the real world?

Fuel economy never has been a major strength of the Volkswagen Amarok. The previous generation 2.0TDi (with 178hp and 420Nm) would return 35.3mpg on the combined cycle, which was around 10-15% less than the sector average.

Since changing to the 3.0TDi V6, fuel consumption has fallen even further, but the power-thirsty pickup market doesn’t seem to mind, with the past two years being the best on record for the Amarok.

Volkswagen Amarok Fuel Economy: Official

Combined fuel economy figures for the Amarok range vary between 32.5 and 34.9mpg. The entry-level 163hp/450Nm and the mid-spec 204hp/500Nm outputs (when hooked to the six-speed manual transmission) are, surprisingly, the thirstiest of the three, achieving 32.5mpg on the combined cycle.

When paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF, the 204hp/500Nm is more efficient according to the official figures, improving to 34.9mpg.

The recently-launched 258hp/580Nm output, which is now the most powerful engine in the pickup segment, is slightly less fuel-efficient, despite being linked to the same eight-speed auto. On the combined cycle, this engine option achieves 33.6mpg.

Model / Engine / TransmissionUrbanExtra-UrbanCombined
3.0 V6 TDI 163hp 6sp Manual27.236.732.5
3.0 V6 TDI 204hp 6sp Manual27.236.732.5
3.0 V6 TDI 204hp 8sp Automatic31.437.234.9
3.0 V6 TDI 204hp 8sp Automatic31.437.234.9
3.0 V6 TDI 258hp 8sp Automatic30.735.833.6
3.0 V6 TDI 258hp 8sp Automatic30.735.833.6

Volkswagen Amarok Fuel Economy: Real World

Our long-term test model is the most efficient in the range (204hp/500Nm). According to the brochure, our vehicle should be returning 34.9mpg but, over the first 3,300 miles, we have fallen far short of this. This is mainly motorway mileage with an empty load bed.

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Our records show a fuel economy of 26.8mpg and the onboard computer records 27.3mpg. However, engines usually take around 1,000 miles to ‘settle in’ (reduce the friction between the piston and cylinder bore) and fuel consumption is usually noticeably higher during this period.

Volkswagen Amarok Fuel Economy: How It Compares

The Volkswagen Amarok has the worst average fuel consumption of all the pickup trucks on sale in the UK, but it is the only one not to offer a sub-2.5 litre engine option. Having said that, it is more efficient than its two closest matched engines; the Ford Ranger 5-cylinder 3.2TDCi (32.1mpg combined) and the Mercedes-Benz X350D 3.0 V6 (31.4mpg combined).