NEW 2023 VW Amarok v 2023 Ford Ranger: SPEC BATTLE!

Just how different are the new Ford Ranger and VW Amarok utes from each other – and the models they replace?

2023 Volkswagen Amarok

With the global reveal of the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok done and dusted, we now have a better understanding of what we will be receiving here in Australia early next year.

We know the next generation VW Amarok is based off the new Ford Ranger platform, so as you could imagine the specs between both models are fairly similar, except when it comes to interior and exterior design.

What we can do though, is take a closer look at the previous generation Ford Ranger and VW Amarok, and see just how different the 2023 models will be on paper. Let's dive in...

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2022 & NEW 2023 VW Amarok v 2022 & NEW 2023 Ford Ranger: SPEC BATTLE!

2023 Volkswagen Amarok

As you can see from the below data, there are some subtle differences which are worth discussing in terms of overall specs.

Wading depth has been increased from 500 millimetres to 800mm on the 2023 Amarok, however this was already the case with the 2022 Ford Ranger. Still, it’s good to see in improvement.

The 2023 Ford Ranger is slightly longer on paper than the 2023 Amarok, yet they both share the same wheelbase – which makes perfect sense considering they share the same chassis.

The Ford takes the win ever so slightly when it comes to rampover and approach angles, however not by much; and for those who fit aftermarket suspension and bull bars, this would be a moot point essentially. Still, it’s interesting to see the models compared side by side, and see how they have evolved through the generations.

Next Gen Ranger Wildtrak Front 3 QTR Static 1


Specification2022 Ford Ranger2023 Ford Ranger2022 VW Amarok2023 VW Amarok
Track1560mm1610mm1658/1654mm Rear/front1610mm
Ramp over25 degrees23 degrees23 degrees21 degrees
Approach29 degrees30 degrees28 degrees29 degrees
Departure21 degreesN/A23.6 degrees21 degrees
Wading depth800mm800mm500mm800mm
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We now know Volkswagen will offer five different engines in the 2023 Amarok lineup, all turbocharged, four diesels and one petrol.

Historically, the previous generation Amarok offered two engine choices: a 2.0L bi-turbo diesel engine and a 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel engine.

The previous generation Ford Ranger had three engines offered throughout its lifetime, the larger 3.2L 5-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, a 2.0L bi-turbo and a 2.2L turbo-diesel.

There are three engine options in the 2023 Ford Ranger lineup also, ranging in capacity from 2.0L to 3.0L; all turbo-diesel with one twin turbo. Let’s take a look at their power figures.

2022 Ford Ranger
3.2L 5-cylinder turbo-diesel: 147kW @ 3000rpm 470Nm @ 1750-2500rpm
2.0L Bi-turbo diesel: 157kW @ 3750rpm 500Nm @ 1750-2000rpm
2.2L turbo-diesel: 118kW @ 3200rpm 385Nm @ 1600rpm
2023 Ford Ranger
2.0L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel 125kW and 405Nm
2.0L 4-cylinder twin-turbo 154kW and 500Nm
3.0L V6 turbo-diesel 184kW and 600Nm
2022 VW Amarok
2.0L 4-cylinder bi-turbo: 132kW @4000rpm 420Nm @1750rpm
3.0L 6-cylinder turbo-diesel: 190kW @ 3250rpm 580Nm @ 1400rpm (in top spec 580 trim)
2023 VW Amarok
2.0L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel: 110kW
2.0L 4-Cylinder turbo-diesel: 125kW
2.0L 4-cylinder bi-turbo diesel: 150-154kW
3.0L turbo-diesel: 177-184kW
2.3L turbocharged petrol: 222kW
(torque specs to be updated in the future)
Archive Whichcar 2021 04 23 Misc 2021 Ford Ranger Xl Sport 1

2023 Volkswagen Amarok pricing announced

Just how much will the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok cost? Wonder no more, as we have just received official pricing from Volkswagen Australia.

For the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok range, there are five models available. The Amarok Core, Amarok Life, Amarok Style, PanAmericana, and Adventura, and below is a cost breakdown of all models.

Amarok Core

2.0 TDI405 4MOTION Selectable 6 Speed Manual: $50,990
2.0 TDI405 4MOTION Selectable 6 Speed Auto: $52,990

Amarok Life

2.0 TDI500 4MOTION Selectable 10 Speed Auto: $56,990

Amarok Style

2.0 TDI500 4MOTION Selectable 10 Speed Auto: $66,990
3.0 TDI600 4MOTION Permanent 10 Speed Auto: $70,990


3.0 TDI600 4MOTION Permanent 10 Speed Auto: $75,990


3.0 TDI600 4MOTION Permanent 10 Speed Auto: $79,990
2.3 TSI452 4MOTION Permanent 10 Speed Auto: $79,990

How does the 2023 VW Amarok compare to the 2023 Ford Ranger price wise?

Pricing has recently changed across the Ford Ranger line-up; this is just how much the Next-Gen Ford Ranger 4x4 will cost in 2023.


2.0L Turbo-Diesel 6AT Part- Time 4WD: $55,587
2.0L Turbo-Diesel 10AT Part- Time 4WD: $59,192


2.0L Turbo-Diesel 10AT Part- Time 4WD: $60,275


2.0L Turbo-Diesel 10AT Part- Time 4WD: $67,751
3.0L V6 Turbo-Diesel 10AT Full-Time 4WD: $71,047


2.0L Turbo-Diesel 10AT Part- Time 4WD: $70,326
3.0L V6 Turbo-Diesel 10AT Full-Time 4WD $73,622


2.0L Turbo-Diesel 10AT Part- Time 4WD $73,931
3.0L V6 Turbo-Diesel 10AT Full-Time 4WD $77,227


3.0L V6 Turbo-Diesel 10AT Full-Time 4WD $83,201


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