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Pick-ups mega-test

BEST

HANDLING

STATS, SPECS AND RATINGS

0-62mph

12.8sec

Top

speed

109mph

Engine 4cyl,2198cc,diesel

Peak power 158bhp @ 3700rpm

Peak torque 284Ib ft @ 1500rpm

Gearbox 6-spd automatic

Kerb weight 1875kg

Turning circle 11.8m

Economy 36.2mpg

(NEDC average)

Tank 80 litres

CO 2 emissions 207g/km

SAFETY

Ranger leans the least in corners, plus it has the most accurate steering and the most grip; its engine is somewhat asthmatic, though

Euro NCAP crash rating

yyyyy

All protection

96% 86% 81% 71%

AEB No

Ford Ranger

Black Edition

Double Cab

2.2 TDCi 160PS

List price inc VAT

£34,495

List price ex VAT

£28,796

THE IDEA OF a luxury pick-up

is nothing new; the Americans

have been building and buying

them for ages, making use of a

tax loophole that allows small

business owners to purchase a

fully loaded ‘truck’ for far less than

an equivalent luxury saloon. It’s

one of the reasons why the Ford

F-150 isn’t just the best-selling

pick-up in the US; it’s the bestselling

vehicle in the world.

The tax nuances in the UK are a

little different, of course, but the

effect is the same: more buyers

than ever are buying pick-ups, and

the Ford Ranger, following in the

footsteps of its American relative,

is the best-selling one yet.

It’s easy to see why from

behind the wheel. Indeed, by

pick-up standards, the interior is

relatively upmarket; the plastics

feel solid and well screwed

together, the switches and knobs

are all slick in operation and

higher-spec models such as this

Black Edition come packed with

technology such as Ford’s Sync 3

infotainment system.

970mm

There’s plenty of head and leg room front and rear for four or five tall adults, although shoulder room could be better in the back

1

1430mm

1 The Sync 3

infotainment system is

sharp and responsive but

not that intuitive to use

2

690mm

3

2 All the switches and

knobs are conveniently

laid out and can be used

while wearing gloves

970mm

3 Standard eight-way

electric seats allow you

to tailor your driving

position perfectly

1440mm

1060mm

But where the Ranger really

sets itself apart from the pack

is on the road. Turn in to a tight

corner and immediately you

come to appreciate the steering’s

accuracy and response, as well as

the Ranger’s resistance to body

lean compared with its rivals.

And while the ride can be a little

choppy around town, it settles

down at higher speeds or when

you put some weight in the bed.

Our only real complaint relates

to the engine and gearbox, because

while on paper the Ranger sports

respectable payload and towing

capacities, in reality its 158bhp

2.2-litre diesel feels asthmatic.

It doesn’t pull with the fervour

you’d expect from a heavy-duty

pick-up, and it sends plenty of

vibrations through the steering

wheel and pedals.

We’d also recommend opting

for a manual gearbox, because

the six-speed automatic fitted

to our test car was the most

sluggish, dim-witted and powersapping

of the lot.

whatcar.com

whatcar.com December 2018 | 59

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