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Ford Ranger road test Review: Mark Bursa

Ford Ranger XL 2.5TDCi 143PS regular cab 4×4

What is it?

Simple, basic workman’s version of Ford’s all-new pick-up. Same powertrain and performance as the mid-market Thunder version, but with base trim and a full-size load bed.

What’s hot?

  • No-nonsense looks give greater presence…
  • …looks taller and shorter than previous model
  • Excellent diesel has plenty of power, vast reserves of low-end torque…
  • But gives decent fuel economy and CO2 levels for its class
  • Anti-stall facility gives exemplary performance off-road…
  • …just put it in first, don’t touch the pedals…
  • …and the engine management system does the work
  • Extremely rugged build dispenses with unnecessary trim…
  • …so no body-coloured wheel arches, no front foglights, no air-con
  • Well-finished cab with carbon-fibre effect soft plastic, comfortable seats
  • Despite lower trim level, seats as comfortable as upscale Rangers
  • Big loadbed has useful side rails and hooks for attaching covers
  • Sturdy tailgate has central latch, so can be dropped with one hand
  • Ford dealer support is better than most due to extensive network

What’s not?

  • Down-specification removes useful features eg adjustable-height seat belt
  • Umbrella-handle handbrake old-fashioned in electronic handbrake age
  • Lots of play in the rather vague steering; turning circle is poor
  • More engine noise than up-market Ranger versions
  • Slightly more bouncy unladen ride than heavier double-cab…
  • …but better than most rivals
  • Not the cheapest in its class, but will give better residuals
  • Add £400 for metallic paint finish

What you need to Know

P11D Value: £15,500
Monthly Rental: * £266 + VAT
What will it be worth: ** £n/a
GVW: 3,010kg
Payload: 1,160kg
Loadspace Volume: n/a
Basic Loadspace Dimensions: 2,280mm long x 1,456mm wide x 465mm deep
Engine: 2,499cc in-line four cylinder turbodiesel with four-wheel drive
CO2 Emissions: 255g/km
Power/torque: 143PS/330Nm
Economy: 30.4mpg

Concept Vehicle Leasing logo *Monthly contract hire rental generated by Concept Vehicle Leasing. Based on a 36 month lease at 10,000 miles a year, 3+35 payments.

**Trade value of van if purchased after three years and 60,000 miles. (Powered by Deltapoint)

Business Van Manager Road Test Rating

Ford has recognised that the pick-up market is changing, so the emphasis is less on the leisure market and more on the business user. Base XL spec will account for around a third of sales, targeting trades such as construction and farming, where the need is for a genuine load-carrier, not a dual-purpose vehicle that can double as the family car. In that sector, Ford Ranger XL does what it says on the tin – and with more refinement than key rivals, Isuzu Rodeo and Nissan NP300. The class of the field in the rugged pick-up sector.

Also Consider

Isuzu Rodeo Denver 4×2 Single Cab pick-up

Nissan NP300 4×4 single-cab pick-up

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