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Ford Ranger: Efficient, Smart and a True Workhorse

The Ford Ranger pickup is an efficient workhorse, with the latest edition of the Ford Ranger, Ford has offered improved fuel efficiency and design over the outgoing model as well as better technology. [SEE: Ford Ranger Van Leasing Offers]

With nearly every manufacturer having their own variant of a pickup and each offering different qualities. Does the Ford Ranger have enough to compete with the likes of the luxury Mercedes-Benz X-Class or the trusty Mitsubishi L200.

Here's everything you need to know about the Ford Ranger.

Ford Ranger: Price

The Ford Ranger is competitively priced when compared to rival vehicles such as the Volkswagen Amarok. Throughout the range, you get a decent amount of technology, even on the entry-level models, but its worth noting that higher trim levels in the range will be more comfortable and benefit from advanced technology.

Whilst the XL and XLT are fit for purpose, the Limited trim level and above feels like a totally different vehicle. The Limited trim adds 17" alloy wheels, rear privacy glass and leather seats along with a lot more.

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The entry-level model is the XL which starts from £22,374, going one up in the range takes you to the XLT model which starts from £27,174. One of the go-to models in the range is the Limited, that still has the practicality factor, although it will be a bit more comfortable.

The Wildtrak - the range-topping model excluding special editions - starts from £34,014, adding extra styling that sets it apart from the rest of the range and additional technology over the Limited trim.

Ford Ranger: Practicality and Sizes

Regular Cab Ford Rangers are only a two-seater, whereas Super Cab models have seating for an extra 2 passengers behind the front seats.

The Double Cab Ranger certainly offers more practicality and comfort and will seat four adults comfortably. With space for more passengers, the rear load bay becomes shorter, the regular cab would be more practical for those who need a larger load bay, although, Double Cab models can still fit a standard pallet in the load bay.

The Payload weight of the Ranger depends on the cab type and engine that you go for. Most models will carry over 1 tonne with some being able to carry up to 1232kg.

The Ranger is one of the best pickups out there in terms of towing, all rangers can pull trailers up to 2500kg which really sets it apart from its competitors.

Ford Ranger: Interior and Technology

SUVs have become a staple on UK roads, the UK car market has heavily shifted towards compact and large SUVs which means other classes of vehicles borrow characteristics and styling from them.

With the Ford Ranger, Ford has tried to mimic the styling of an SUV on the interior and has achieved that. Whilst you still get the ruggedness of a pickup, you benefit from a more comfortable interior that most drivers will be familiar with if they have driven an SUV.

The Ranger is quite big, especially on UK roads, on lower trims, you may want to opt for rear parking sensors, as they are only standard on the Limited models, whereas a rear-view camera is included on the range-topping Wildtrak model.

The entry-level XL version gets a simple monochrome infotainment screen with Bluetooth and DAB radio. On the XLT model, you'll get Ford's 4.2" Sync touchscreen infotainment system. The Limited and Wildtrak versions get Ford's latest Sync 3 software on a larger 8" touchscreen.

The Ranger benefits from six-way manual adjustment with adjustable lumbar support on entry-level models. The Wildtrak trim gets eight-way powered seats as standard.

Ford Ranger: Specification Levels

Thankfully the Ford Ranger comes with a wide range of specification levels so you are highly likely to find one that fits the job. In total the Ford Ranger offers 5 specification levels which are broken down below;

Ford Ranger XL

The entry-level Ford Ranger is the XL which is built for purpose. Although, for an entry level specification you do get quite a bit of tech.

Features include:

  • 16" Steel Wheels
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Ford Easy-Fuel
  • Electric front windows
  • Ford DAB Radio with Bluetooth (USB and AUX inputs)
  • Electrically-operated and heated door mirrors
  • Body coloured front bumpers

Bodystyles:

  • Regular Cab 4x2 and 4x4
  • Super Cab 4x4
  • Double Cab 4x4

Ford Ranger XLT

The next level up from the entry-level is the XLT. If you like your tech and prefer to have a better looking pickup then this is probably the best starting point in the Ford Ranger specification levels. In addition to the XL:

Features include:

  • 16" Alloy Wheels
  • Chrome Finish (Door mirror caps & door handles)
  • Radio/CD/DAB with 4.2" TFT screen, Bluetooth with USB connectivity SYNC and voice control
  • Applink and emergency assistance
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel with remote audio controls
  • Plastic molded side steps
  • Cruise control
  • Bedliner with protective side wall
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Power heated foldable door mirrors

Bodystyles:

  • Super Cab 4x4
  • Double Cab 4x4

Ford Ranger Limited

The third specification level in the range is the Limited. This brings more features that you would find in a car which makes it more comfortable and a nicer place to be. The Limited trim levels also bring additional styling which makes it stand out from the lower specification levels in the range. In addition to the XLT;

Features include:

  • 17" Alloy Wheels
  • Radio/CD/DAB with 4.2" TFT screen, Bluetooth with USB connectivity SYNC and voice control
  • Applink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Emergency Assistance
  • 8-way electrically-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support (Double cab only)
  • Power-foldable, heated door mirrors with puddle lights and integrated indicators
  • Dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control Air Conditioning.
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Chrome tubular sports bar
  • Leather seat trim
  • Heated front seats (Double Cab only)
  • 12 v socket in load area (Double Cab only)
  • Rear privacy glass

Bodystyles:

  • Super Cab 4x4
  • Double Cab 4x4

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

The Ranger Wildtrak is one of the most popular trims in the range. Whilst the XLT and Limited bring technology that you might find in a car, the Wildtrak brings extra styling to set it apart from other pickups on the road. It also benefits from additional technology such as a reversing camera which would make parking this big pickup a bit easier. In addition to the Limited the Wildtrak gets;

Features include:

  • 18" Machined Alloy Wheels
  • Titanium effect painted front grille
  • Radio/CD/DAB/SD-Navigation system with 8" TFT Touchscreen
  • SYNC 3 with Voice Control, Blueooth, USB, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Applink and Emergency assistance
  • Rear-view camera
  • Plastic moulded side steps with brushed-finish metallic inserts
  • Aerodynamic titanium-effect sports bar
  • A choice of 7 ambient interior lighting colours with dimming control

Bodystyles:

  • Double Cab 4x4

Ford Ranger Black Edition

The Ford Ranger Black Edition brings something a bit different to the Ranger trim levels. If you're looking for something that offers a bit more luxury and that will give you an enhanced road presence then the Ranger Black Edition fills that gap.

Features include:

  • 17" Panther Black alloy wheels
  • Shadow Black micra body colour
  • Black-Finish front grille and fog light bezels
  • Black-finish front and rear bumpers
  • Black-finish sports bar and roof rails
  • Power-foldable heated door mirrors with puddle lights and indicators
  • Black-finish door handles, rear handle and beltline moudlings,
  • Black full leather seat trims
  • Heated front seats
  • Premium black carpet floor mats
  • Rear-view camera
  • Dront and rear parking distance sensors
  • Dual-zone Electric Automatic Temperature Control air conditioning
  • Radio/CD/DAB/Navigation system with 8" TFT Touchscreen
  • Ford SYNC 3 with Voice Control
  • Bluetooth and USB, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Applink and Emergency Assistance

Bodystyles:

  • Double Cab 4x4

Ford Ranger: Engines and Performance

Three diesel engines are offered, these are built up of two four-cylinder 2.2-litre engines with either 128bhp or 157bhp. The range-topping engine is a 5 cylinder 3.2-litre engine with a power output of 197bhp.

The 128bhp engine only comes in the basic two-seater Regular Cab, whilst it would serve its purpose you may find it a little sluggish.

Overall, the Ford Ranger is an efficient, smart and true workhorse. In some respects its remarkably better than rival vehicles.

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Posted on 11th September 2018 at 4:06 PM

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