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First drive: Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi 150 XLT Double-cab

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BIK List Price
£19,362
Ford Ranger BIK list price
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Ford Ranger BIK Percent
CO2
228g/km
Ford Ranger CO2
Combined MPG
32.8
Ford Ranger MPG

Review

In recent years Japanese manufacturers have dominated the pick-up truck market in the UK, but a fightback is underway. Volkswagen launched the very capable Amarok double-cab in 2011, and now Ford’s new Ranger has arrived on the scene.

While the range flagship is a brawny 200bhp 3.2-litre version, Ford believes its knock-out blow will be delivered by the 150bhp 2.2 TDCi.

There will also be a 125bhp workhorse version, but Ford thinks this mid-range 150bhp version with one of the mid-grades of trim will provide the best balance as a site vehicle and capable private-miler.

The Ranger comes in three cab bodystyles – double, super and regular – and 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains. A chassis-cab will also be available.

The pick-up has already achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating (the only pick-up truck to do so to date), and all versions come with front, side and curtain airbags with a knee airbag for the driver.

Electronic stability control is standard on all versions as well as hill launch assist, trailer sway control, roll-over mitigation, emergency brake assist, load adaptive control and emergency brake light, while four-wheel drive variants also come with traction control assist and hill descent control.

Interior materials feel more car-like than those usually found in commercial vehicles and anyone whose fleet also includes the latest Ford cars will also recognise a few common components, but they also feel hard-wearing enough to cope with life in a truck.

While the Ranger does feel a little nose heavy on undulating surfaces without weight in the back, its steering is responsive for a pick-up truck and engine refinement is excellent, particularly in the new 2.2 TDCi.

It is fitted with a range of clever electronics making it more capable off road than before. The first thing you notice at low speed is an anti-stall facility which allows the Ranger to continue smoothly without any danger of the engine cutting out.

The driver can switch between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive and low range with a simple selector behind the gearstick. Off-road settings automatically disengage the electronic stability control as braking individual wheels to cut power would be more hindrance at low speeds off the beaten track.

Ford is claiming the longest and largest loadbox for the single cab and a payload of up to 1,340kg, while the double-cab version also achieves a best-in-class 1,152kg payload. And 4x4 versions have a maximum towing capacity of 3,350kg, substantially higher than key rivals, while its 800mm maximum wading depth leaves no doubt that the Ranger was designed to work hard.

CO2 emissions
The Ranger's emissions on its four-cylinder models are reasonable, and competitive with many rivals, but they can't quite match those of the smaller engined Volkswagen Amarok.
Fuel costs
Four-cylinder versions offer relatively low fuel costs, but the rop-of-the-range 3.2-litre five-cylinder version is rather thirsty, while adding automatic transmission also increases fuel consumption.
Residual values
The latest Ranger should have stronger appeal as a used vehicle, particularly in light of its equipment levels and impressive carrying and towing capacity.
Running costs
The Renger presents a strong overall package when it comes to running costs, offering value for money in terms of equipment, strong residual values and lower fuel costs than its predecessor.
Driver appeal
The Ranger looks great, and the fact that it's good to drive, is well equipped and very capable as a workhorse all add to its appeal. It's a vehicle many people will be delighted to drive.
FN Verdict
The Ranger is a class leader in many important areas, and had the rugged appearance and strong performance that will make it popular with many more fleets than its predecessor.
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Ford Ranger Top Speed
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Ford Ranger Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Ford Ranger Fuel Type
Residual Value
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CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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