Ford Ranger Review
Ford has introduced a new, third-generation Ford Ranger designed to be practical and appealing to buyers yet still being attractive. The revitalised version was released in 2019 in attempt to beat competitors in terms of toughness and style. Competitors include, the Mitsubishi L200, the Toyota Hilux and the VW Amarok.
The older engine from the 2016 models were powerful and pleasant to drive so people may be confused as to why Ford would change the engines. The older engine was a 3.2-litre TDCi four-cylinder turbodiesel 200hp whereas, the new engine is slightly smaller with a 2.0-litre EcoBlue Double Cab 170ps. This new engine has made the Ford Ranger even more powerful and surprisingly quieter. These pick-ups handle very well, they are comfortable but firm on roads and have good control when turning. The Ford Ranger can wade as deep as 800mm when off-road and its ground clearance is approximately 230mm.
The cabin of the Ford Ranger is well built and suitable for its purpose. The driving position is perfect for a wide range of people thanks to the range of adjustment available. When driving the sound is little to nothing – no quiet vibration or tyre noise at all. There are plenty of storage areas around the cab including a large 8.5 litre centre console. The Ranger features an 8-inch display system with Apple CarPlay and other new technologies include lane keeping aid and adaptive cruise control.
The Ford Ranger comes in a wide variety of trim levels with excellent standard kit and many additional extras. However, the warranty isn’t the longest and service intervals are short. The equipment that comes with the Ranger includes, air-conditioning, heated door mirrors and windscreen, Bluetooth and a stop start ignition. Alongside the six-speed manual gearbox available and the short service intervals will the running costs be higher than buyers expected.
Extras may include metallic body colours (£500), wheel pack 16 (£100), trailer tow prep pack (£400) and ICE feature pack 129 (£380).
Ford New Ranger 2.0L EcoBlue Double Cab Limited 170PS:
Service intervals 12,500 miles
Warranty 60,000 miles
CO2 emissions 179 g/km
Fuel consumption 40.9 combined MPG
Load length 1,560 mm
Load width (min/max) 1,139/1,560
Load height 511 mm
Gross payload 1,088 kg