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Ford Ranger Pick Up Review

Westwood offer various pick up trucks for long term hire, how does the Ford Ranger compare?

The Ford Ranger is Europe’s best selling pick-up, with a rise of 14% market share between 2010 and 2015. The new model has upgraded engines which offer up to 17% better fuel efficiency and a wide range of tech improvements

In comparison to the Nissan NP300 Navara, the Ranger comes in single-cab, king-cab and double-cab variations, and the Navara doesn’t come with a single cab

The 3 models have four spec levels, XT, XLT, Limited and Wildtrak. The Ranger Wildtrak is what Westwood currently offer out on longer term hires. The basic versions of the ranger have standard steel wheels, silver grille, ESC, traction control, body coloured bumpers, heated windscreen, electric mirrors & windows, and front side and knee airbags

The XLT furthers this with alloy wheels, fog lights, side steps, AC, voice controlled media, cruise control and tyre pressure warning

The Limited models have bigger alloys, tinted windows, sports bars, heated leather seats and rear parking sensors

Finally the Wildtrak boasts larger alloys, titanium effect front grille, special seat trim, floor mats and a reversing camera

The pricing varies from £18,871 up to £31,494 exc VAT

CO2 emissions range from 171g/km to 234 g/km. Fuel economy on the combined cycle ranges from 31.7 mpg to 43.5 mpg. Towing weights go from 1,800 kg to 3,500 kg, payloads range from 1,033 kg to 1,269 kg and towing weights go up to 3,500 kg.

The new Ranger offers electric power assisted steering, a lane keeping alarm system and a forward alert and collision migration system There’s also front and rear park assist, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition which lets drivers know when they are entering a speed restriction zone

At £18,870, excluding VAT, this ‘farmer’s truck’ features wide, comfortable seats with plenty of side support, two 12-volt take-off points on the dash, electric windows, a USB port and a sunglasses holder in the roof. There are also proper carpets on the floor in place of the usual rubber mats and even cloth inserts in the side panels

The cargo area measures a useful 2,317mm in length and there was a hose-clean plastic load-liner (which turned out to be a £250 option) and plenty of lashing-down points. The powerplant – 2.2-litres, 160hp – fires up quietly and even at motorway speeds there was very little noise in the cab

The top-of-the-range 3.2-litre Wildtrack and this more upmarket model has been described as luxury compared to the single-cab. Leather seats, alloy wheels, just about every extra feature imaginable and a stonking five-cylinder 200hp powerplant to boot. It might be aimed more at owner-drivers, but it’s certainly a powerful business tool too, which will give any company that uses it a very upmarket image

Part of the test drive took part on an excellent off-road course in Buckinghamshire. The Wildtrak 2.2-litre double-cab mated to an auto gearbox and, with both hill descent control and hill hold control as standard, we simply took both feet off the controls during the scary bits and let the truck do the work itself, almost as if by magic

The Ranger has a best-in-class wading depth of 800mm – that’s 300mm more than the Land Rover Defender

Westwood offer the Ford Ranger Wildtrak Auto starting from £87 p.w exc. VAT on contract hire, or through flexible rental starting from £21.39 per day 


Adapted from Trevor Gehlcken for Commercial Fleet


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