This was thought to be the benchmark and one to take the battle to Toyota’s dominant Hilux. In fact, some experts conclude that of all the pretenders to the Hilux throne- the Amarok, Mitsubishi’s Triton, Navara and Isuzu’s D-Max, none have the armoury of the Ranger.
- What’s not: Wheel that only adjusts for rake (not reach), more expensive than Hilux
- X-Factor: Looks tough, is tough
- Towing: 3.35 tonne braked towing capacity for the 3.2 litre diesel
- Fuel Consumption (claimed): 9.2 L/100km (auto)
- Interior: Boasts of trim quality and clean lines and shapes from the stippled sloping dash to the brushed metal centre stack, instrument bezels, and satin metal highlights to the doors creating a pretty sight
- Comfort: With wide-opening doors, well-padded seats and appealing tactile surfaces - like 'cold-feel' door handles, appealing seat fabrics, padded door-rests – the Ranger XLT feels more like a modern sedan
- Features: Besides the obvious like bigger tyres, alloy wheels, three-bar chrome grille and stepped rear bumper, it comes with steering wheel mounted audio, cruise control and Bluetooth with voice control.
- Storage: The double-cab tub is 1549mm long, 1560mm wide, 1139 between the wheel-arches and 511mm deep, making it one of the biggest in its class for cubic capacity and capable of taking a payload of 1148kg
- Off-road: You can flick between 2H and 4H at up to 110km/h. Great when belting along a gravel road, and the additional traction and control is felt instantly
- Safety features: The expected include front, side and curtain airbags, pre-tensioning seat-belts, child restraint anchorages, electronic stability control, ABS, EBD and traction control. Less expected is the adaptive load control, trailer sway control (using the ABS and ESC to stabilise and prevent jack-knifing when towing – a potential life-saver for those towing large caravans and boats)
Overall: This is one of the best dual-cab diesel 4X4 Utes you can buy at the moment. But don’t believe a word of this review; check out the Ford showroom, and have a look for yourself