Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0L EcoBlue Automatic Review – The pickup truck is on the right track

PICK-UP trucks really are a much more common sight on the roads these days than they were in the past.

No longer owned by farmers or those who trade, they have become the automotive lifestyle choice for many. And the Ford Ranger in the high-end Wildtrak spec is certainly one of the best examples for those looking for an SUV alternative.

The popular marque machine has a lot of ability to handle the rough stuff and carries a lot of equipment, should you need it. However, at the same time, the double cabin offers a lot of space for the family and a lot of comfort.

As with other pick-ups, it also provides a convincing and inspiring view of the route ahead and the traffic around you.

Indeed, after a week of driving, I can see why the Wildtrak appeals to active families and those who enjoy the great outdoors.

Hop back on the boat after a day in the countryside or a few hours of sporting activity and you’ll appreciate the luxury of the cabin.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

There’s plenty of leather upholstery – with heated seats up front – as well as durable plastic where impact is likely to occur.

Meanwhile, the ebony headliner, contrasting orange stitching and other Wildtrak details around the cockpit add a sporty touch.

Ford’s high-tech SYNC 3 infotainment system is also part of the package, with an eight-inch three-way touchscreen split across the top of the center console.

This impressive kit includes a DAB radio and CD player, full smartphone integration, intelligent satellite navigation with live traffic updates and voice control.

It also has Bluetooth, wi-fi for up to 10 devices, engine noise canceling function, and emergency assistance services.

Other goodies include keyless entry and start, dual zone air conditioning, rear 230 volt plug socket, center console cooler box, and reverse camera to back up front and rear parking sensors.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak
Ford Ranger Wildtrak

Also in the mix are automatic headlights and wipers, lane guard assistance, traffic sign recognition with intelligent speed limiting, cruise control and a collision mitigation system.

The test vehicle is powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Developing 213PS and 500Nm of torque, the powertrain propels this Ranger to 62mph in just nine seconds and reaches a top speed of 112mph.

Considering the northern curb weight of 2.2 tons, that’s impressive, as is the fuel economy of 36.2 to 36.7mpg, with a CO2 level of 201g/km.

The power on tap also allows a payload of about one tonne and a braked trailer towing capability of 3.5 tons. The cargo box is lined and includes a power point and fastening latch.

The rotating center console dial allows the driver to easily switch from a two-wheel to four-wheel setup.

The 2H mode is all you need for regular road driving, while you can switch to 4H on the go if conditions are particularly slippery or you’re off the highway.

There’s also a 4L setup, electronic locking rear differential and hill drop control for heavy-duty jobs, as well as trailer sway control.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak
Ford Ranger Wildtrak

I found the engine very responsive, especially with the transmission in sport mode on country roads, and quiet at high speeds.

The steering wheel is well-weighted, with good feedback, and there’s a decent level of agility given the Ranger’s size.

The soft suspension absorbs bumps and bumps wonderfully, but there’s no sign of the worrying body roll in cornering that some rival pick-ups feature.

The rugged rugged look includes striking underbody protection, side steps with brushed inserts, thick roof rails, and large sports rings with side rails.

The Wildtrak is made even more eye-catching with large 18-inch Boulder Gray alloy wheels and matching details for the grille, mirrors, door handles and side vents.

At around £40,615 on the road, including VAT, it’s easy to see why many people choose the Ranger over the more expensive big SUVs.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak
Ford Ranger Wildtrak

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