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Ford Ranger Thunder double cab road test report
Ford Ranger Thunder: highly capable off-road

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.

What’s hot?

  • 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

What’s not?

  • 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

P11D Value: £17,450
Monthly Rental: * £358
What will it be worth: ** £
GVW: 3020kg
Payload: 1175kg
Loadspace Volume: n/a
Basic Loadspace Dimensions: 1530mm x 1456mm
Engine: 2.5 turbo diesel
CO2 Emissions: n/a
Power/torque: 140bhp/243lb ft
Economy: n/a

*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.

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