Ford Ranger road test
Review: Sam Hardy
Ford Ranger 2.5 TDCI 4WD Pick Up Thunder Double Cab
What is it?
Special edition of Ford’s familiar pick-up. Flagship double-cab Thunder gets a new grille and other styling tweaks plus a smart new dashboard, MP3-playing stereo and air-con as standard. Ford Ranger Thunder now powered by an improved 2.5 TDCi diesel.
- Ranger certainly looks mean: chunky tyres and flared wheelarches
- Efforts to improve refinement have been reasonably successful…
- …and 140bhp 2.5 TDCi is punchy and pretty economical too
- Driving experience positive with accurate steering and good grip
- Dashboard design much better. Equipment levels great
- Hugely capable off-road
- Tax situation favourable
- Leaf spring rear suspension means progress can be a bit bouncy
- Surprisingly impractical with little additional space inside…
- …while secure coverings for the huge flat-bed are expensive
- Cabin quality better but still not as good as the average family car
- Still feels and sounds like a commercial vehicle
What you need to Know
|Monthly Rental: *||£358|
|What will it be worth: **||£|
|Basic Loadspace Dimensions:||1530mm x 1456mm|
|Engine:||2.5 turbo diesel|
*Monthly rental courtesy of HSBC DriverQuote. Based on 36-month/30,000-mile contract hire agreement with maintenance.
** Trade value of van if purchased after three years and 60,000 miles.
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Business Van Manager Road Test Rating
It’s not going to make many business car drivers swap out of their Mondeos but the Thunder is a well-equipped, good-to-drive, truly multi-purpose vehicle. It’s not as practical as a van and Mitsubishi’s L200 and Nissan’s Navara are both better pick-ups, but in Thunder form the Ford Ranger is better than ever.