When VW added a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel to its Amarok range in late 2016, it raised the local performance benchmark for dual-cab hay-haulers. With a stonking 165kW and 550Nm, the Amarok V6 has cast a shadow over all rivals as the most powerful Aussie ute ever since.

However, it will soon be matched in torque and surpassed in power by another German rival when Mercedes-Benz releases a V6 version of its X-Class ute with 190kW and 550Nm. Even so, performance figures are one thing; how well they work as part of a total vehicle package is quite another.

And in that context, the V6 Amarok is the ute against which all others must be judged – even Mercedes-Benz.