Ford Ranger 2020 - A Pick-up for all occasions
The Ford Ranger is a pick-up truck suitable for any occasion, thanks to its mix of off-road versatility and sporty design, which looks good around town or exploring the countryside. The pick-up truck trend is hugely popular in America, but over recent years that popularity has crossed over to the UK shores.
The Ford Ranger is the baby brother of the top-selling Ford F-150 pick-up truck. The Ranger has gone through various design updates and facelifts over the years. The most recent update was in 2019 with the majority of changes centred around a new selection of economical engines. The Ford Ranger also receives the latest technology and safety assists along with an added high-performance trim level named the Raptor.
The pick-up car market in the UK was relatively small just a few years ago, but with the increasing popularity of the SUV market, pick-up trucks have increased in popularity. Added practicality, space, load carrying and towing weight improve interest as well.
The Ford Ranger comes in various guises; there's the regular cab, super cab and double cab body style, along with five trim levels; XL, XLT, Limited, Wildtrak and the new top-spec Raptor. The Ford Ranger has some stiff competition in the pick-up market range against impressive vehicles such as the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 and Nissan Navara its main protagonists.
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Engines, Power and Performance
Diesel engines power all Ford Ranger's; there are no petrol or hybrid variations in sight. This is due to the extra torque needed to pull or carry heavy loads which the Ranger is designed for. There are three diesel engines on offer, the 2-litre EcoBlue, 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCI and the new 2-litre EcoBlue BI-Turbo.
The 2-litre EcoBlue comes with two power outputs, 130hp with 340Nm of torque and 170hp with 420Nm of torque. The lower-powered 130hp engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, whilst the 170hp is available with a six-speed manual or ten-speed automatic transmission.
The 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCI diesel engine develops 200hp and 470Nm of torque which can be mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. This engine is due to stop being used later in 2020 as Ford look to help increase fuel economy and efficiency.
The all-new 2-litre EcoBlue BI-Turbo diesel unit has a power output of 213hp and an impressive 500Nm of torque. The engine can be mated to a six-speed manual or ten-speed automatic transmission.
None of the engines are particularly quick, with 0-62mph times arriving in the 9-11secs range. The Ford Ranger is of course not designed to be a sports car. It's a pick-up truck designed for pulling and carrying heavy loads, as well as up to five occupants. Therefore torque is vital, and all Ford Ranger's have impressive amounts and are capable of towing up to 3500kg.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior quality in the Ford Ranger has been improved following the latest facelift, along with the latest Ford technology systems and features. Although it isn't the most luxurious, it is well built, sturdy and perfect for a working pick-up, with added comfort and premium materials used in the higher-spec models such as the all-new Raptor.
All Ford Ranger models have DAB Radio, and Bluetooth connectivity as standard, along with a six-way manually adjustable drivers seat making finding an ideal and comfortable driving position a breeze.
There is a range of infotainment systems across the line-up from the entry-level XL's 3.5-inch TFT mono screen, an 8-inch TFT touchscreen supporting the Ford Sync 2.5 on the XLT trim level. The Limited trim model comes with the latest Ford Sync 3 system, featuring an 8-inch TFT touchscreen. Finally, we have the Wildtrak and Raptor models which come with the same infotainment system as found in the Limited model but with added sat-nav.
Models featuring the latest Ford Sync 3 system will also get smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with the XLT model able to be optionally upgraded to this system. Still, with the XL, there is no upgrade option.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Ford Ranger really impresses with the amount of interior space and exterior storage capacity. There are three distinct body models, Regular Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab.
The regular cab is a two-door which seats a couple of large adults with plenty of legroom and headroom. The super cab extends the size of the cabin and adds a fold-down bench behind the front seats, capable of seating a couple of adults but with limited legroom and is better suited to short journeys. The double cab supplies the largest amount a cabin space and comes with an additional two doors to allow access into the rear. There is a generous amount of legroom and headroom and three passengers can be seated, therefore increasing the overall capacity of the Double Cab to five.
As you would expect, the larger the interior space, the shorter the load bay becomes, therefore the regular cab has the largest load bay, and the double cab has the smallest load bay with the super cab sitting in the middle.
The Ford Ranger was the first pick-up to be awarded a full 5-star rating at the 2012 Euro NCAP safety tests. Each Ranger comes with an impressive array of the latest Ford safety assists and features such as; lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, intelligent speed assist, emergency brake warning, multiple airbags and low-speed crash foam in the bumper. There are various optional packages available which include some features available as standard on higher trim models such as front and rear parking sensors and a reversing camera.
The Ford Ranger is a fantastic pick-up truck and is ideally suited to British roads and a superb alternative to the wave of SUV's we are seeing on our roads. It looks great; it has a great range of efficient engines and drives better than you would expect from a large, heavy workhorse type vehicle.