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Rivervale's Guide to the Ford Ranger

Rivervale's Guide to the Ford Ranger

The popularity of pick-up trucks in the UK is rising.  The interior and handling of the pick-up truck has become more car like, creating a multi-purpose vehicle that can be used comfortably for both work life and family life.

Rivervale's top pick of the pick-ups is the Ford Ranger Wildtrak ... with a few added extras! 

If this isn't the Ranger for you, then read on, this flexible pick-up can be tailored to suit your needs ...

Body styles Available 

Your choice here will depend upon how many seats you would like to have.  There are 3 options;

  1. Regular cab - 2 seats
  2. Super cab - 2 front seats and 2 rear seats 
  3. Double cab - 2 front seats and 3 rear seats 

The double cab makes the interior layout of the cabin area like any other 5 seater car.  This is the perfect arrangement for those who would be using their Ranger as a family vehicle outside of working hours.

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Trim Levels for the Ford Ranger 

There are 4 different trim levels to choose from.  The entry level XL all the way up to the top of the range Wildtrak.  Examples of standard features at each trim level and the body style available can be seen in the table below;

 XL XLT, in addition to XL Limited, in addition to XLT Wildtrak, in addition to Limited 
 Features 16" steel wheels  16" alloy wheels  17" alloy wheels  18" machined alloy wheels 
  Ford DAB Radio  DAB radio  Ford SYNC 3 including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on an 8" touchscreen  Titanium effect painted front grille 
  Bluetooth  4.2" TFT screen  8-way electrically adjustable drivers seat (double cab)  Rear view camera 
  USB & AUX inputs  Bluetooth and USB with connectivity SYNC with Voice COntrol, Applink and emergency assistance  Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control    
    Leather trimmed steering wheel with remote audio controls  Rear parking distance sensors   
    Cruise control   Leather seat trim    
    Manual air conditioning  Heated front seats (double cab)   
      Rear privacy glass   
Body styles available  Regular cab 4x2  Super cab 4x4  Super cab 4x4  Double cab 4x4 
  Single cab 4x4  Double cab 4x4  Double cab 4x4   
  Double cab 4x4       

Engines Available 

There are 3 choices of engine, all are diesel, but not all engines are available with all trim levels.  The first engine is the 2.2 Duratorq TDCi 130PS which is only available as a manual and with the XL 4x2 Ranger.  The next engine up is the 2.2 Duratorq TDCi 160PS which is available as an automatic or manual engine.  This engine is available across the XL, XLT and Limited trim levels.  The top of the range engine is the 3.2 Duratorq TDCi with 200PS which is only available at the higher Limited and Wildtrak trim levels as a manual or automatic.

ford ranger side angle

The most frugal engine across the body styles is the 2.2 Duratorq TDCi 160PS with Co2 emissions as low as 171g/km and 38.7mpg (combined) achievable.  The maximum speed of the engines only varies slightly from 106mph to 109mph with the 0-62mph speed ranging from 10.6 seconds to 13.5 seconds.

Payload

The Ranger is designed to carry cargo, the amount of cargo it can safely carry will vary depending on many factors.  Anything that increases the weight of the Ranger will decrease the safe payload.  Any factory fitted options will add weight, as will increasing the number of people your Ranger can carry.

ford ranger rear angle

The table below gives guidance as to the payload the Ranger can carry across body styles and engines when supplied as standard.

 Maximum Payload  (kg)
 Regular Cab  
2.2 Duratorq TDCi 130PS XL  1006 
2.2 Duratorq TDCi 160PS XL  1232 
Super Cab   
2.2 Duratorq TDCi 160PS XL  1194 
2.2 Duratorq TDCi 160PS XLT 1180 
2.2 Duratorq TDCi 160PS Limited 1129 
Double Cab   
2.2 Duratorq TDCi 160PS XL  1142
2.2 Duratorq TDCi 160PS XLT 1131
2.2 Duratorq TDCi 160PS Limited 1080
2.2 Duratorq TDCi 160PS Limited Auto 1061
3.2 Duratorq TDCi 200PS Limited 1032 
3.2 Duratorq TDCi 200PS Limited Auto  1013 
3.2 Duratorq TDCi 200PS Wildtrak  1003 
3.2 Duratorq TDCi 200PS Wildtrak Auto   984 

Driver aids and technology

Inside the Ford Ranger it would be easy to forget you are in a commercial vehicle as you find everything you would expect from a car interior including;

  • Adaptive cruise control - this feature lets you choose your speed and stick to it.  If a vehicle ahead causes you to slow, this will be done automatically for you, and when safe the Ranger will return to its pre-selected speed.
  • Forward collision alert - the Ranger will let you know if there is something ahead you are approaching too rapidly.  If you do not respond after a visual and audible warning the brakes will be prepared by increasing sensitivity so when you brake, even if it is only lightly, a harder force will be applied.
  • Lane keep alert - if you are drifting outside of your lane a visual and audible warning will give you a nudge to get back in line.

ford ranger interior

  • Traffic sign recognition - signs are recognised and displayed on your instrument cluster so you never miss anything.
  • Auto high beam - helps you avoid dazzling other drivers by temporarily dipping the headlights for you when traffic is approaching.
  • Driver alert system - your driving will be monitored and if your driving behaviour could be due to fatigue the Ranger will urge you to take a break.
  • Ford SYNC 3 - this system helps keep you connected while you are on the road.  A colour touchscreen gives you access to AppLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can integrate your smartphone.  Voice commands can be used to send messages and make calls meaning your hands can stay on the wheel.  Integrated satellite navigation provides the latest real time traffic information, for an accurate time of arrival and warning of traffic hotspots.

Ready to work 

Even though the Ranger has car like levels of comfort, it is still tough enough for the most demanding work day.

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If you need to move a heavy load, the Ranger can tow up to 3,500kg and has Trailer Sway Control so any wandering of the trailer behind will be recognised and speed is automatically reduced until you regain control. 

ranger wading

 

If you need to work whatever the conditions the Ranger can help with Electronic Stability Control which will apply a braking pulse to individual wheels if any slip is sensed to keep you firmly on the road.  The Ranger is also capable of wading through water up to depth of 800mm, so a little puddle won't get in your way!   

Prices for the Ford Ranger begin at £22,134.

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