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10 things we learned about the Ford Ranger

Date: 30 September 2016   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Pick-up
Key rival: Mitsubishi L200
Model tested: Double Cab Ltd
Price as tested: £31,229

How does the Ford Ranger stack up to the What Van? LCV of The Year, the Mitsubishi L200?


1 - Bolder looks bring an almost Mustang-ish slant to the headlights, giving the Ranger plenty of presence.

2 - That helps when the pick-up market is already crowded with talented rivals. However, the Ranger has a trick up its transmission tunnel.

3 - The six-speed auto 'box in this car is superbly smooth, stepping lightly and cleanly from one gear to the next.


4 - This smoothness is a little unexpected in such a brawny-looking vehicle, but it enhances the drive no end.

5 -It also means you don't have to rev the 160hp 2.2-litre turbodiesel too much, which helps counter the racket it makes when you do work it hard.

6 - Driven with an iota of consideration, Ford claims 35.3mpg combined economy, though we saw more like 30mpg.

7 - That's about on a par with rivals and this version of the Ranger retains its full, and class-leading, 3500kg maximum towing capacity.


8 - With all-wheel drive and lofty ground clearance, the Range is handy off-road too, though at £31,000 you might be less inclined in this particular model.

9 - For that cash, you get chunky 17-inch alloys, centre console coolbox, DAB radio, leather seats and parking sensors.

10 - The Double Cab also has a pick-up bed big enough for most needs, thought the tailgate is quite hefty to lift up and down.